Image by Michael Seavers
Last week I had my first gallery opening. "Spirit Equus" made it's debut at Giles Gallery in Richmond Kentucky.
When I was four years old, I saw my first pony at a county fair in Massachusetts. It was one of those “live” carousel rides where the diminutive beauties were all tethered-up to a pony sweep that walked them in a continuous circle. I remember standing there, my hands firmly clutched to the metal fence, intently watching those ponies walk around and around. I was utterly mesmerized. Each pony wore a little western saddle and had a child riding blissfully on it’s back. The experience was a tremendously powerful one. From that moment on, my heart danced with excitement at the discovery of the equine world. The day after the fair, I pulled out my crayons and paper and began to draw a pony. I felt a deep desire to retrace every detail of this new magical creature that would forever be a part of my existence.
The magic of the horse has never ended for me. My endless passion for horses is embedded in my soul and is expressed through my photographs. Photography for me has always been about capturing the beauty of the equine world. The magnificent spirit of the horse and its enchanting presence has forever inspired my dreams and is the subject of my work.
“Spirit Equus” is a deliberate portrayal of the ethereal character of the horse. In this series, each image was carefully selected because it captured the dramatic expression and movement of the idealized horse.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon
My husband and I at the opening.