"THE ESSENTIAL JOY OF BEING WITH HORSES IS THAT IT BRINGS US IN CONTACT WITH THE RARE ELEMENTS OF GRACE, BEAUTY, SPIRIT AND FREEDOM." - Sharon Ralls Lemon
If you read my updates, you know by now that I also photograph domestic horses in studio settings. Although my heart was captured by the wild, I am also drawn to the beauty and spirit of domestic horses. Creating images that showcase each horse's unique personality under gorgeous light is a challenge I relish.
When photographing in the studio, we can encourage a horse to move his body in a specific way or direction - a shake of a bucket with grain or offering a yummy treat. As our "model" moves, creating graceful arches and unexpected shadows, you see a world of elements to be explored - personality, form, strength.
But what constantly amazes me is how naturally each horse displays so much grace and elegance.
IN THE WILD WE DON'T "ASK." WE WATCH AND WAIT.
The Wyoming air was cool as evening approached. Most horses in the West herd at McCullough Peaks had already watered and we were thinking it was time to pack up for the day and head back to the AirBNB. But experience told me to wait...
You see, patience is not only a virtue; it is also extremely practical when photographing in the wild. Patience gave me one of my favorite captures ever - "Serene" - the image of a legendary wild stallion, having his water under a beautiful cloudy evening sky in the Great Basin Desert of Utah.
So there I stayed. Waiting for the last horse to finish at the water hole.
No grain buckets, apples or unique noises were necessary. As we watched, he closed his eyes, feeling the soft breeze blow on this face, displaying natural grace and elegance.
We are currently in the process of curating a new collection for our online gallery. Stay tuned for the new release highlighting the strength and beauty of the McCullough Peaks mustangs.
An equestrian for most of her life, Maria combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American wild horses. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of several non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American mustangs.