Many folks don’t learn about them, however a photographer has captured the great thing about the wild horses who have lived on Canada’s Sable Island because the 1750s. The 44km-long island, fabricated from sand, is positioned 160km from the mainland of Nova Scotia within the northwest Atlantic Ocean.
Damian Lidgard, who is initially from Lincolnshire in England, at the moment works at Dalhousie University as a analysis scientist who specialises in marine mammals. He first went to Nova Scotia in December 1996 to go to Sable Island to begin a pilot venture on gray seal behaviour on the island, and to him, it supplies a wealth of inspiration.
“For me, Sable Island was of interest because of the seals,” he tells Lonely Planet. “I only heard about the horses once I came to Nova Scotia. I visit Sable Island every year to conduct research on the grey seal colony and, at the same time, I take photographs.”
It wasn’t till 2006 that I started to the wild horses,” he provides. “The reason for taking so long to ‘see’ the horses was because of my focus on research and evolution in my photographic style. In 2006, I began to study contemplative photography and that approach to the art allowed me to ‘see’ more.”
Damian sometimes goes to Sable Island for 2 weeks in the summertime after which 4 to 6 weeks in December and January. The horses on the island are very timid, he says, and whereas the younger ones are curious and can strategy him, they’re sometimes directed away by the elders.
“To photograph them requires being patient, quiet and very observant,” he says. “Most of the time, the horses are grazing on grass, so one has to sit, observe and be patient and wait for the special moments to arrive.”
When requested what’s so particular in regards to the horses, Damian says that he finds it outstanding, as a biologist, that the horses have been in a position to adapt to the hostile surroundings of Sable Island. “As a photographer, the horses exude wildness, raw energy and I consider them a reflection of the island: strong, wild, unlikely and, I suppose, grand,” he says.
Damian’s beautiful images of the wild horses can be found on the market and as books and calendars . Check out his web site right here and Instagram right here.