Beautiful Sheep (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/7/1
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This beautiful collection of portraits shows sheep as you have never seen them before - polished, preened and styled to perfection prior to competition. The elegance and quirkiness of these adorable champion breeds is captured perfectly in the stunning studio photography by leading fashion photographer, Paul Farnham. Vet Kathryn Dun, Honorary Secretary for the Sheep Veterinary Society, has provided the informative text.
Like the mousey girl in the movie who removes her glasses with a scenic flourish to reveal that she is, in fact, a ravishing beauty, the humblest creature in farming has had a surprise make over and is demanding to be adored. Welcome to the strange new world of Beautiful Sheep... Sheep in these pages are not mutton dressed as lamb, but the reverse. Preened, washed, beautified and posed, they are presented at last as aesthetic objects: tranquil, perfectly-formed and surprisingly lovely. Daily Telegraph [Paul's] flair combined with Kathryn's expertise make this a delightful and unusual book. Cumbria Life Fabulously quirky, we're already debating our favourite shot. Glasgow Herald商品の説明をすべて表示する
[Dr. Ross's wife has caught him in bed with a sheep wearing sexy black garters]
Mrs. Ross: [upset] How could you?
Dr Doug Ross: This is Mrs. Bencours, one of my patients. She thinks she's a sheep.
But the most remarkable part for me is how on earth did they get the sheep to not only stand still, but "pose" on the limited area of the drop cloth in a way that looks relatively engaging and aesthetically appealing. Why is the sheep looking at the camera and by extension you the viewer at all and not another way or getting the heck away completely? They might be professional runway, not run away, model sheep or just maybe the folks doing this knew their business. I simply enjoy the results but I suspect it was not either fast or easy to do.
The obvious vulnerability to criticism here and that is entirely unavoidable in making a small book like this is that only a modest and finite number of sheep breeds are included. Some folks will be disappointed their breed is not here or that there are not twice or three times as many entries. I really do not know just how large the number could in theory but it will likely be more than this. The explanation for this limited size probably comes down to working within a budget and editorial decisions that had to made to deliver a finished product that conformed to the series format. Contracts are involved. I know a little bit more about publications than I do about sheep. For me this subject is just a beginning in an area I have no background in at all or anything that looks like expertise. I simply enjoy seeing something done well, from which I can learn, and this is available for a very reasonable price.
The text itself conforms to a well considered list of topics and features that are easy to use in comparison with the other entries. This author is clearly knowledgable and the design format, well organized. There is everything I need to know that I was not afraid to ask, to paraphrase Woody Allen.