This image Daryl took in 2019 has featured in a Frames Magazine article: Look Closer: The Joy of the Street, by Rob Wilson, published on 13th June 2021.
Here is an extract from the article:
"Mentally, I think we automatically associate street photography with big cities. I guess we are programmed to think of the Paris of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau or the New York of Joel Meyerowitz and Garry Winogrand. There is no reason why this type of photography cannot be created in small towns. Here Daryl Ford’s Shepherd gives a wonderful illustration of the potential of street photography if we step outside of our regular citycentric thinking.
Ford, who after a horse racing apprenticeship became a blacksmith, now combines the smithing with a photography business that he runs in partnership with his wife Judy. Inspired by his fellow Devonian James Ravilious, a master of recording country life, he has spent many years documenting life in his local community.
Shepherd recalls Don McCullin’s brilliant image Sheep going to the Slaughter (1). McCullin’s image was taken in the early morning, the near darkness hinting at the immediate fate of the sheep. Ford’s image speaks of hope, tradition, and community. The shepherd is careworn, but he knows where he is going. He appears confident in his stride with his flock following along. It feels like this journey is a regular part of the day-to-day life in the region of northern Romania where the photograph was taken. Modernity has not overwhelmed everything, and life continues as normal. This is an outstanding picture that illustrates the immense value of keeping your eyes open and being patient when making images."
To read the full article please click here.