“Unknown soldiers who carried men to victory throughout history.” Strong familial bonds, courage, strength, resilience... these are the traits that mustangs demonstrate daily in their quest for survival on the desert plains. From them we can learn what it means to fight, protect, persist, listen, love, and forgive. Most people will never experience the mustangs in their natural habitat. Through these images, it is my desire that you experience their beauty and spirit and feel compelled to join the quest to preserve their safety and freedom.
Growing up next to the ocean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the ocean was part of my every day life. Soon I learned that waves can ease worry, sea shells may bring you good luck, and feeling the sand with your bare feet helps you feel grounded. When diving under it's surface you enter a world of peace, mystery and wonder. The music of the sea, the pounding surf, and the freedom of the waters reveal it's spirit.
Rugged desert plains, a thick blanket of dust, and deeply rutted trails wind through several hundred square miles leading to the base of mountains where large, sharp rocks make passage impossible. Leaving the Jeep at the end of the trail, we venture up the side of the mountain on foot, navigating through deep gulches and masses of volcanic rock. It is in these inhospitable surroundings that we discover them...untamed, true symbols of strength and freedom. Tracking and living with them gives insight into their routines, their family bonds, and their survival instincts. We see the protection, affection, resilience, and beauty... and the freedom. This is the Onaqui Wild series, which will be released incrementally, one limited edition image at a time, throughout 2021.
A native from Brazil and internationally published photographer, Maria's background in photojournalism makes her a natural visual storyteller. Through a minimal approach and an intimate and emotional style, her lens reveals the spirit of nature and humanity.