We live close to the sea on the very southern tip of Ireland. The weather here is usually rough, winter storms make for a wild sea and unpredictable weather from November to February. It’s usually dark and gloomy and very often rainy and foggy. It’s also a very quiet time of the year. It’s the time when the tourists are gone and the country finds back to what is left of it’s nativeness. It’s during these moments where everything seems to relax. Somehow everything about the mood in these times reflects in nature too.
These horses and their surroundings were so incredibly calm and gentle when my wife Rebecca and I approached them that we almost felt invited. Their herd counts about twenty animals and a few of them instantly came over and looked at us trying to figure out who we are and what we were up to (and possibly if we had carrots or apples).
We spent about two hours with these horses and during this time we had the most incredible encounter. One of the horses was laying down in the middle of the meadow making noises. I couldn’t figure why he was laying down and wanted to make sure everything was ok with him. While I approached him he closed his eyes. He let me come incredibly close and he wasn’t the least bit intimidated. Not by me nor the intrusive noise of my Hasselblad after I started taking pictures of him.
After I finished my roll of film he suddenly rolled around, jumped up and galloped away. Rebecca caught him do that with her camera, you will find her beautiful images from this day here. We both enjoyed the serene feeling around these wild horses so much and felt very lucky to share this wonderful experience together. I can’t wait to go back and visit them again.
A selection of images from this shoot will be published in an upcoming volume of Hearth Magazine. These pictures have also been shortlisted in “Documentary Projects” by the International Kontinent Photography Awards.
All color images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400, all B&W images were shot with the Leica M2 and the Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: