A Grey Day Pastoral
Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry
Medium: Photographic print
"Everything feels sad yet peaceful in 'A Grey Day Pastoral.' It is one of those moist days when the air is full of vapour; a day on which all the outlines of buildings and trees are softened and fade mysteriously into the sky; a day on which there is a quality and brightness and living colour in the landscape, which give it a deep low-toned glowing effect never seen on sunny days. Some sheep lie resting on the green marsh; the mill in the heavy air is also at rest, its mighty wings partially veiled in the mist. In the distance stand some farm buildings, and on the left runs the road. the black-faced sheep, not long since bereft of their warm coast, lie revelling in the warm air, chewing the cud of contentment; two only are moving, and still straying and nibbling at the succulent grass. A ewe with her summer lamb on the right, nibbles where she lies. The distance is beautiful in touch, and the picture comes as a message of peace and contentment."
Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the book 'Idyls of the Norfolk Broads'