I’ve felt there was something beautifully mysterious about horses since I was a young boy. I admire their serenity and the close connections they make with people. That’s why I was excited to participate in a local arts group’s campaign in support of Corral, a nonprofit group that uses rescue horses for equine therapy to help young at-risk girls. Riding and caring for the horses teaches the girls to overcome fear, and to care for and respect another living creature. Corral leverages the bond between the girls and horses to yield phenomenal success with their program, reporting in 2013 that 100% of the girls experienced a decrease in disruptive behavior and had no new infractions while in the program.
I have had many opportunities to photograph horses throughout my career, but I approached this shoot not just with my eyes, but also with my heart. I am in awe of these magnificent animals. I love the way they move and own their space, the way they interact with either dominance or submission, how they each perform their own morning rituals. So in the stillness and the quiet of misty mornings, I set out to capture their emotion, elegance, mystery, and intrigue in my photography.
I intentionally chose fog to be an integral part of this series, which can be difficult to photograph. The horse, the weather, the light, and the photographer must all converge at a precise moment to create magic in a single image. Perfect alignment in a photo causes emotions to swell to the surface – a feeling of unrestrained freedom in the power of a rearing horse for example.
I hope you enjoy viewing this series as much I have enjoyed shooting it.