Saturday, November 14

New Publication – Country Show. Published by Bump Books.

I have a new publication – "Country Show ", published by Bump Books of London. This 32-page A5 zine has 23 of my country show photos from events in the southwest of England.

This unique selection from my many photos of these events was carried out by David Solomons of Bump Books. The print quality and paper are very nice – all in all, it’s a quality piece of work…

The Dorset County Show is heavily featured in the booklet, along with photos from the Melplash Show, the New Forest Show, and the Romsey Show.

Go here to see the spreads and buy from Bump Books: https://bit.ly/35BceZb

Details
Country Show by Paul Russell.
Published October 2020 by Bump Books (https://www.davidsolomons.com/).
A5 size (210mm x 148mm). Pages: 32, images: 23. Edition of 200.
Price: £6 plus postage from Bump Books (https://bit.ly/35BceZb)

I've given the complete layout of the book below, along with the individual images















Back cover - wrap around...

A zine in the hand...

 

 

Individual images - random order
























 

My book blurb

I live in Weymouth in the southwest of England, and I’ve been shooting country shows in the area since 2004. Each show lasts between one and three days, and I only shoot this subject matter for a few days a year, but over the years it all adds up…

On my first visit to a show, I was struck by the incredible power of the cattle, and the techniques the handlers use to control them. A theme that emerged early on in my photos was the complicated range of relationships between man and animals – from the cattle eventually destined for the abattoir to the affection shown to a family pet.

After exploring that theme, at the close of a typical day’s shooting I take a few photos in the horticulture tents for some variety and light relief. Ultimately, for these events it always comes down to the same thing – it’s all about show; it’s all about display; it’s all about looking your absolute best – whether you’re a sheep, goat, showjumper, or geranium.

Paul Russell, 2020