Humans & horses — a relationship that pictures can’t do justice to It is so true a photograph speaks a thousand words, but even an old black and white horse picture cannot tell us how long humans and horses have had a codependent relationship. The horse has been a tremendous support to humanity, helping with transportation, farming, war, sports; you name it, the horse has always supported human.
Riding a HORSE has traditionally been associated with power, prestige and was reserved for the ruling elite. The horse has been so intertwined in human lives that we even measured the power of the engine’s based on a horse’s strength and called it horsepower. As we evolved, the horse has been right there shoulder to shoulder as a building block for humans. Now we all face a challenge, CLIMATE CHANGE is real and affects both humans and animals, will humans be there to support for the horse?
How climate change affects horses
The effects of GLOBAL WARMING can make horses very stressful, uncomfortable, and even unhealthy. Horses used to colder conditions can quickly become overheated during longer, warmer summers, and their coats may get too heavy for comfort. The mud from increased rain and flood leads to foot and hoof diseases, and carry disease-bearing insects. Droughts lead to water shortages that can dehydrate horses and turn once lush green fields into dry wastelands — the associated dust pollution causes breathing problems. These fast climate changes can be stressful to horses, making them more prone to illnesses and diseases.
How my photography helps horse & wildlife conservation
When I started horse photography, I was doing it for fun and pleasure. I traveled to the south of France, North Carolina, and Wyoming 5 to 8 times a year to take horse pictures. I spent more time understanding the horse’s behavior. The more I learned about the horse, the better my photographs got. Then I learned how the wild horses are treated so poorly by us Americans. After acquiring this knowledge one of my mission became to help this beautiful animal by donating part of my fine art photography print sales revenue to organizations that work very hard to protect the horse.
How to do black and white horse photography — tips and techniques
Equine photography is no magic trick, everyone can take a decent horse picture, but the key to good horse pictures is spending time understanding the horse believer. All animals get a very good sense on our energy, so if we are not comfortable or are scared around them, they will pick up on this energy and react the same way. Treat the horse as a close friend be friendly, make it comfortable around your camera equipment before you start to take photographs, hold the camera and lens in your hand, press the shutter button few times to get the horse familiar with the shutter sound, if it does not like the sound start from far let it get used to it then approach it slowly and you will be amazed by the equine photography you achieve. Remember if horse photography is your goal, then it’s your job to make your subject is very very comfortable. You cannot get great photographs of a horse in one sitting, more time you spend with the horse the more friendly the horse gets with you, once the horse lets you into its world that’s when the magic happens.
Black & white horse photography: Fine art wall prints
I love black and white photography, or you can call it fine art photography. I normally take horse photos keeping in mind how it will look at the end when it’s all finished and hanging in a frame for my art gallery or someone’s home. For our art gallery, we use fine art gallery quality matt paper but we also print it on metallic paper. The metallic paper gives it a very realistic look. Our art buyers who have purchased large 4 feet by 6 feet image for their home’s or offices have always written back, thanking us for the positive energy they get from the black and white photo print. We also sell fine art horse photos in smaller sizes and the response is Identical. The smallest size horse picture we create is 8 inches by 12 inches.
We also have a variety of other fine art photography prints for sale with a focus on different wildlife such as Arctic wolves, Arctic Fox, Muskoxen, Bears, Bald Eagles and many more. All of them can be purchased on our online art gallery.
Animal & wildlife conservation organizations
As a FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER, I have always paid my models as a wildlife photographer I can’t pay my subjects directly so I give a part of the sale to one of the Organizations I work with so they can do what they do best in protecting the wildlife I photography.