So its winter, its cold, the landscape and weather can be somewhat uninspiring, and people start thinking they are grizzly bears and go into hibernation. Up here in Carova Beach the world takes on a brown and gray appearance, the horses start looking like Scottish highland cattle with their fuzzy coats and photographically speaking, its easy to yearn for warmer, greener days. Unless there is snow in the air or on the ground, winter is by no means my favorite time to photograph the horses of the Carolina coast. But for this reason, I find myself trying even harder this time of year. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment. I do know that I like the challenge though.
One of my challenges or goals that I have set for myself this winter is to begin exploring different ways of seeing the wild horses that roam throughout my community. Ive always had a preference for environmental portraits of these horses with very specific backgrounds that told the story of these wild horses eking out a living along this barrier island. In the winter, that landscape just kind of looses its appeal. Sure its all part of the story of these horses, but am I simply documenting these horses, or am I striving to create art?
As photographers we should all be pushing our limits and stepping outside of the creative box that we stick ourselves in. One of the best ways to grow as a photographer both in technical skills but also artistic eye is by creating challenges and setting goals for ourselves that push such limits. Sure there is a high failure rate with this while experimenting, but the rewords can be pretty sweet. Photography is all about learning to see artistically.
I made this one a couple days ago right as the sun was beginning to set behind the island.