In the Fall of 2018, while on a scouting trip in preparation for my 2019 Fall in Iceland Photography Workshop, I had the opportunity to attend and photograph a réttir near Arnes, Iceland. The réttir (sheep round-up) is an annual event during the month of September that occurs all over Iceland. I wrote a very detailed blog post about the réttir I photographer in 2018, which you can find here I would encourage you to read that post as I wrote a great deal about the sheep, the culture, and the process. However, for those who want to jump right into these images I will give you the Cliff Notes version on the event.
Sometime after my first trip to Iceland in the summer of 2017, I developed an interest in a cultural event that happens regionally around the country in September, known as the réttir. As we drove around the island, I noticed the ringed pens that looked like wheels with spokes and after an inquiry about their use, was told they were sorting pens to separate sheep after the fall roundup. Of course sheep in Iceland are prevalent. In fact they are everywhere from open pastures, up in the highlands, on hillsides above waterfalls, to grazing along the ring road.