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Elissa likes to take pictures. Mostly of the natural world, but really, of anything that catches her eye. She likes getting up close to things she loves. A photo assignment in 2005 brought her to a series on wild horses and, witnessing their lives before and after a round up, turned her into a wild horse advocate. In 2010, Elissa had the opportunity to shoot the Troubadour Reunion Concert with Carole King, James Taylor, and their amazing band and singers. It was a great honor to travel with some of her musical heroes, for a time. In 2011, she began posting One Per Day photos to Facebook and is now playing with iPhone apps and exploring the world of phonetography.
Dedicated to the cause of horses for many years, Kimerlee’s hope is to inspire others, not only to appreciate the beauty of the creatures, but to take an interest in helping preserve their place on this land. In 2004, after 15 years of pounding the Hollywood pavement, Kimerlee acquired her first horse and, along with the horse, visited Return to Freedom. “These two events saved my life,” she says. “My mare, who has been the best teacher I have ever experienced, and Return to Freedom, a magical place I’m extremely proud to be part of.” Kimerlee has been the premier photographer for Return to Freedom for seven years. Her dedication to the mission of Return to Freedom and wild horses on the rangelands where they continue to fight to survive, has helped inspire programs and photography of wild horses internationally. “Horses have taught me life’s greatest lessons,” she says. “It will continue to be my deepest desire to educate through art and awareness.” Kimerlee’s Facebook Page features Return to Freedom.
For two decades, Tony made his mark as a very successful advertising photographer. However, a quiet but gnawing voice eventually drew Tony out of his commercial roots and deep into the soul of the West. What Tony had gained in reputation, he felt he was losing in his quality of life. Just before the turn of the millenium, he started his pilgrimage away from the frenetic world of advertising and into a world possessing a different respect for nature and the land — a world expansive enough to hold a deep-rooted meaning and purpose for both himself and his newly-discovered partner, the horse. Tony has spent much of his time learning the nuances and habits of his most beloved equine companions in their natural environment. “The spirit of the horse,” Tony says, “is a magnificent teacher to humanity.” Tony’s work is an homage to the equine spirit and a celebration of their remarkable presence in our lives. Oftentimes referred to as ‘visual poetry,’ his images truly embrace and reveal the incredible beauty and grace of the horse.
With a background in photojournalism, Bristol has dedicated the last eight years of her life documenting the spirit of the American wild horse. Her unique and captivating imagery has coveted multiple awards, international attention and highly successful gallery exhibits. “I am driven by a devotion to tell the story of the plight of the American wild horse,” she says. “I have made it a priority in my life and my art to educate and enlighten the public and inspire change.” A portion of Bristol’s photographic sales is gifted to Return to Freedom. “It is my greatest desire, that my art touch the human spirit and encourage Americans to speak out on behalf of wild horses across the nation. We need to be their voice!”
“For as long as I can remember,” Nancy says, “I have been looking through a lens, whether or not there has been a camera in my hands — cropping, composing, and capturing the remarkable and often overlooked details found in everyday moments. … I have been forever changed by my experience with these graceful equines. Their innocence has tugged on my heart and left hoof prints on my soul. It is my sincerest hope that through the use of a lens I am able to capture even a small piece of their unique and individual essence so that others may also enjoy their grace and glory.”
Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi
“In defining my work,” Bev says, “I view myself as a photographic artist. I enjoy ‘painting’ and ‘sketching’ my images, incorporating my own vision for each individual picture in my digital darkroom studio.” Bev lives on a small ranch in northern Arizona with her family and gaggle of horses, dogs, and cats. To purchase fine art prints contact Bev at https://www.bevpettit.com/ or Bev@BevPettit.com. Also see her Facebook Page.
Lisa sells stock photography for advertising, editorial projects, design and branding, as well as fine art prints. After receiving a B.F.A. in visual arts and photography from the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco, Lisa worked in advertising and on staff at Colossal Pictures working for clients such as the Disney Channel, Honda, MTV, and Coca Cola, and also shooting film titles and special effects. “My fascination with the American west has led me on a mission of capturing and preserving the traditions and lifestyle of the cowboy and ranching heritage,” she says, “and the changing face of the western landscape.” Lisa’s work can be found on cards, book covers, calendars, and used in advertisements for major corporate clients.
“It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.” ~Voltaire
Inspiration is born in the heart (PASSION), incubates in the mind (CREATIVITY), manifests in various forms of art (TALENT), than transcends and is reborn in the hearts it touches. The cycle continues. As a rose is to the poet, a sunset is to the painter, so too the Equine is to our revered Fine Art Photographer, Frances Loza. Frances was born and raised surrounded by the fertile farmlands and scattered horse ranches nestled in the rural Santa Clara Valley in Gilroy, California. She credits her Father, Mr. Jose Loza, a genuine Vaquero for embracing and cultivating the Vaquero lifestyle, culture, and family tradition stemming back many generations, as the foundation that her passion was built upon. Frances, a self-taught photographer, is gifted with the innate ability to stir different emotions in all the timeless scenes that she captures and publishes. Her genuine affection and admiration for her subjects takes center stage in her art images, bringing an entirely new dimension to fine art photography.
Sandy grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, where most of her childhood was spent catching frogs, saving baby birds, and poring over every page of the complete Funk and Wagnalls Wildlife Encyclopedia series. She couldn’t wait for her father to bring home the next volume each month, which he got free from the IGA as a thank you for buying food for his family of seven. Sandy dreamed about seeing the animals in those books — not in zoos, but to find them where they lived, in the woods, in the desert, in the ocean. Birds, deer, bears; she wanted to see them all. She’s not sure exactly how that plan got so de-railed, but she spent the last 32 years working in a radio station as a writer and a morning show announcer. Still, she spent most of her off-time with a camera, satisfying her insatiable desire to explore and hike and kayak. Her camera has given her the opportunity to come full circle, to once again be that young girl whose passion is to discover and explore.
“Photography for me is seeing beauty all around me in different faces, settings and everyday life,” Susan says. “It is capturing those moments that may never happen again, cherishing memories of days gone by, yet at the same time always looking around the bend for what life holds next. Photography can bring you into a world of your own or also be a shared experience with others who have that same passion. It is a universal language where anyone can understand and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness that each photographer brings to the table. As an extraordinary photographer once said, “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”
Robert’s romance with the west started as a young boy growing up in Texas and has taken him to photograph some of the most beautiful and wildest places in America. His talent in working with natural light and composition are sought out by major clients wishing to capture a unique angle of the West that will compliment their advertising campaigns. Along with having six coffee table books published showcasing his work, Dawson is one of the top selling artists for The Ashton Co. with over eighty images produced as high quality lithographic prints. When not on location, he spends most of his time working horses and donating his time and talent to raising money for local riding clubs at his home in Joseph, Oregon.