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Film Project on Icelandic Horse Round-up

New York-based photographers Paul Taggart and Lindsay Blatt of production company Lantern Fish Media spent time in Iceland in 2010 and 2011 documenting the annual horse round-up for their film and photo project Herd in Iceland.


Icelandic horses walk to the Víðidalstungurétt horse round-up in October 2010. By Paul Taggart/Herd In Iceland.

They followed and lived with the herdsmen as they traveled the back country to round-up their horses. The animals spend the summer grazing freely and raising their young in the highlands. As the days start to shorten, and the temperatures drop, they are herded back to the farm.


An Icelandic horse in the landscape near Þingeyrar Farm in September 2010. By Lindsay Blatt/Herd In Iceland.

According to the abstract of the project, “By telling the story of this annual journey, Herd in Iceland captures the symbolism behind the horses and the nation they represent. Lindsay and Paul spent time with the herders and others who ensure that this tradition continues. They filmed from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape, following and living with the herdsmen. Herd in Iceland takes you into a journey that is largely unknown but filled with meaning and beauty for those who sustain it.”


Horses that were used to bring in the herd at the Víðidalstungurétt round-up in October 2010. By Lindsay Blatt/Herd In Iceland.

Taggard and Blatt started working together seven years ago when Taggart was a contract photojournalist, and Blatt a photo editor at the international desk at a news agency.


A retired fisherman at the Víðidalstungurétt round up in October 2010, photographed with a 4×5 camera. By Lindsay Blatt/Herd In Iceland.

In order to complete post-production, the pair has set up a crowd-funding project on Kickstarter, which runs until July 25.

Click here to view the film’s trailer or to support the project.

Click here to learn more about the filmmakers.


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