I began a career as a portrait photographer and today the portraits I take are mostly of animals. Clients contact me to take images of their farms, ranches, longhorn, horses and special pets. I try to do more than look at the subject, I try to understand it.
When I depict an animal, a meticulous study of its musculature, their hair, bone structure and habitat help me to not only refine what I see, but to hopefully reflect the animal’s essence. It is a very rewarding, spiritual experience for me.
Over the past 3 decades, I have never missed an opportunity to photograph the plight of the working animal, especially when they are all primed and ready to show. In stark contrast, Habitat for Horses asked me to go out on the day after the ice storm,so the last images are taken on a dark, rainy and rather low day.
Here is a new collection, working title is Work to Pasture. The series shows the working animal to the ones who get lucky. Many of these rescued animals in the last ten images are blind, and have been mistreated, but they are in a safe place and take
care of each other. They gather around and support the ones that need help. When one dies they, just as the elephants, circle in what I would call a wake.
I do not know exactly where this series is taking me, but believe life imitates art and art imitates life, hence these images have emerged.