Honorable Mention, Nature: Wildlife, ND Awards
Horses have been intertwined in my life as long as I can remember. After the recent passing of my horse I turned back to photographing our wild mustangs as a way to re-connect with these beautiful animals. America's mustangs are protected under The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, but today in an effort to control the population the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is rounding horses off our public lands. These efforts come with much controversy how to properly and humanely manage our cherished mustangs.
While these horses are stuck in the crossfire of an emotional and controversial struggle, I encourage you to take interest in our mustangs and help preserve their place in our lands. Through these images I share intimate moments of them in their natural state of being, free. Our wild horses are living symbols of the American West and these images are a tribute to them.
Using a 19th century platinum print out process, the one of a kind 8x10 platinum editions are handmade. Painting the sensitizer and leaving my brushstrokes behind is a way to be more connected with my work. The scarcity of platinum and these unique prints is meant to parallel brief moments spent with these wild horses whose future is uncertain.
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