Dorset is one of the most attractive counties
in England. In its infinite variety the coast
But unlike some counties which have a good
coast and a not very interesting hinterland,
Dorset has both. There are the heathlands
that Hardy immortalised in his books and the
chalk hills that start near Shaftesbury and roll
south and west down to the sea at Lyme.
This creates the great vales of Blackmoor
and Marshwood with many stunning vistas
from the hill tops.
Chasing the light across this precious landscape
can be very rewarding, but it also
poses a considerable challenge. Patience
to simply sit and wait for the ideal moment
is essential – and that is what master
photographer Roger Holman demonstrates
again and again in the collection of superb
images reproduced here.
Many of us still find the traditional address
book so much more convenient, and
ultimately more dependable than an
electronic device. This one is made to fit
in a pocket or handbag, having plenty of
room for those vital addresses, confidential
notes and reminders. It is also carefully
designed to look good too. So whether
you have bought this mini address book
for yourself, or as a gift, its owner can now
carry a little bit of Dorset with them along
with all their vital information.
Roger Holman was born in 1932 near
Wimborne, not far from where he lives
today, and educated at the Queen
Elizabeth Grammar School. On leaving
he joined the family firm, which he
continued to run – apart from time
spent in the RAF on National Service –
until he handed it over to two of his
sons. He discovered photography in his
teens and has been photographing
aspects of his home county ever since.
He is the author of Images of the Dorset
Coast, Images of Dorset Country, Dorset
the Glorious County, A Spirit of Weymouth
and Portland and co-author of Dorset’s
Most beautiful Buildings, all for Halsgrove.
Imprint: Halswood. ISBN 978 0 85717 041 5, hardback, 105x115mm. 96 pages.