“I have been a photographer for over forty years, a shepherdess to some forty Scottish Blackface Sheep for only five years. In the years that I have raised sheep on my farm in Hollis, I have fallen in love with every aspect of it. Itʼs not all cute lambs and beautiful faces, there is tragedy in farming livestock that can bring you to your knees. Maybe this makes the beautiful parts even more beautiful.
In “Farm Worker,” the photograph of the young man in the barn was taken during the gathering of the sheep for their shots. Itʼs a treat to have people come help because itʼs hard on my back and most importantly I am able to photograph activity with sheep and people. Most of the time I am alone, with the sheep, the light, the barn and my camera.
All of these photographs include the animals and me. In “Roy (the Goat) and Casey,” Roy looks at me as if he has a question, probably wondering where his cracker is. In “Running Lambs,” I was in the center of the field while the lambs ran around and around me. In “Bernadette and her Lamb,” Bernadette looks at me with that strong mother instinct to protect her young lamb. I love the tiny horns on the lamb compared to Bernadetteʼs mature horns. “The Gathering” is of the horses in the snow with the sheep, and Emma, the Merino, pops her head up to see what I am there for.”
Nina Fullerʼs formal education includes an AFA in Print Making from Silvermine College of Art in New Canaan, CT, a BA in Fine Art from George Washington University in DC, and a MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health and Photography Therapy from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ.
Fuller has had the honor of photographing our Presidents and First Ladies including both Bush’s, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Michelle and Barack Obama.
She has traveled the world photographing and writing about her experiences. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, Maine Sunday Telegram, National Geographic Traveler, Practical Horseman, Horse and Rider, Women and Horses, Mountain Living Magazine, Animal Fare, American Cowboy, Fido Friendly Magazine and other international publications.
When Fuller is not traveling, she works in a carriage-house studio on her sheep farm in Hollis. She offers group and individual workshops in photography and Equine Assisted Photography Therapy (EAPT) and shares her experience and understanding of photography and horses with those who aspire to see the world in a new and exciting way.