I’m an avid animal lover, particularly dogs. When I visit someone’s home with a dog, I must admit I’m more drawn to the dog then the people I’m visiting. Some may consider that strange, but it happens naturally, so there’s not much I can do about it. Animals just bring a smile to my face, and animal abusers, well I’ll just say, they are the bottom of the barrel in my view. But that’s a whole other story.
A couple years ago I caught the fascinating documentary of New York Photographer Robert M. Dutesco, as he photographed the wild horses of Sable Island off the east coast of Canada. I was mesmerized while watching, a fashion photographer in this amazing stark, purely natural environment. The Sable horses exist with no predators on this isolated windswept island. They arrived decades earlier, the result of a shipwreck.
For reasons I don’t totally understand, I have always been interested in horses. Perhaps I think of them as big dogs, I don’t really know why. I grew up in a city, had virtually no contact with them, until I began photographing them later in life. In fact I have ridden a horse exactly once, and it was not at all memorable. The horses I see on the Canadian Prairie and Robert Dutesco’s adventure on Sable Island have inspired me to create some of my own series.