Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer. Horses are standing on a beach in France. I arrived at the bay before sunrise. As soon as the sun peeked over the horizon, the sky turned orange. I also wanted to photograph the horses against the backdrop of the vast orange orb rising behind them. Firstly, the frame needed to be smack dab in the middle of the sun. This is also one of my most favorite equestrian prints I have photographed.
It was easier said than done; getting this image would also be a test of my physical strength. There is no camera magic or trick photography here. Honestly, the photo would be equally as beautiful if it was taken with a phone camera. Timing and composition define this image.
My window of opportunity was very narrow; the sun was rising, leaving only a few minutes. I was also carrying heavy camera equipment while trudging through calf-high mud. Suffice it to say, getting this image was a real workout.
Humans and horses – a picture, a video, and a relationship.
Like my equestrian prints, it is so true that a photograph speaks a thousand words but even an old black and white horse photo cannot tell us how long humans and horses have had a codependent relationship. The horse has been a tremendous support to humanity by helping with transportation, farming, war, sports – you name it. Riding a horse has traditionally been associated with power, prestige and was reserved for the ruling elite. It has been so intertwined with a human civilization that we even measure the power of the engine based on its strength – horsepower. As we evolved, the horse has been right there shoulder to shoulder as a building block for humans. Now we all face the challenge of climate change which is real and affects both humans and animals. This time, will humans step up to the plate and support the horse.
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