Scotland's Horses

July 13th '17 I suddenly lost the healthy mare who had illuminated my whole adult life. Determined to achieve something positive, I began a project to capture the expressions of "Scotland's Horses" - in her glorious memory.

Equine models were invited & in return, each owner would recieve a free photoshoot, digital & printed version of their image. The response was overwhelming with many owners embracing its rationale, for which I am profoundly grateful.

Method

Without the use of backdrops or lights & balancing deliberately underexposed settings, each horse was encouraged to display natural behaviours. Lovingly edited, each shot revealed beautiful expressions, gazing unparalleled from the surrounding darkness.

Over 60 horses were captured in a three month period covering over 1200 miles & some 3000+ clicks. Processing, editing & upload time reached over 400 hours, with each photograph resulting in three sizes - print worthy, web & facebook.

The Exhibition '17

Sixty-two prints were strung on fine wire in my mare's stable, lit by little glass globes. It felt warm & welcoming even though it was freezing cold! Thank you to the many who came, brought sweeties, cards, fizz, flowers & such love.

Always a kind, inquisitive gal - she loved when folks just "hung out" by her stable & chatted. Aloof & sharp as she could be, she was never happier than when she was included in the conversation.

Thank you to everyone who shared their precious horses - you gave me an escape & comfort, if only for a few moments - from the grief of loosing mine.

The Book '17

Gallery quality table books were my aim, but I struggled to find a supplier who could produce to the quality required at an affordable cost. It's not something I'll revisit in the near future as all the photographs are now archived... momentum, sadly lost.

Update '18

I miss her every day. Anyone who has ever loved a horse will understand. She was my everything & I will never be the same person without her. I hate that each year will take me further away from her death, yet the grief remains impenetrable.

The Horses '17