The horse holds a precious place in Icelandic culture, art and tradition; for over 1,000 years Icelandic law has prohibited the importation of horses onto the island. In 2010 I traveled to Iceland with Paul Taggart to film "Herd In Iceland." We documented Icelandic herders as they collected their horses across the island's remote terrain. By telling the story of this annual journey, "Herd In Iceland" captures the symbolism behind the horses and the nation they represent.
During the summer months, the horses live in a wild existence, grazing in the highlands and raising their young. Each fall, they are rounded up by local farmers and directed across the stunning landscape. This valued tradition is a social and cultural touchstone for both the farmers who own the horses and the city dwellers who travel to the countryside to participate.
Paul and I spent time with the herders and others who ensure that this tradition continues. We filmed from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape, following and living with the herdsmen. The film takes you into a journey that is largely unknown but filled with meaning and beauty for those who sustain it. See a selection of stills from the documentary below.