August 11, 2011

A heart so white





















One of the main reasons I went to the south of France earlier this year, was to photograph the white horses of The Camargue. They are an ancient breed of horse that has lived in this wild, harsh marsh region for centuries if not thousands of years. I had the chance to spend three days among these beautiful creatures. The first day, I had the chance to get close to them and get to know them. They quickly adapted, were quite curious, and when I wasn't looking, would come up to me and start nibbling my shoe or knee. As a result, I have quite a few wide-angle shots of horse noses. Despite the nibbling, I was taken with how gentle they were and I felt no fear being so near to them. I'm so happy to finally be sharing some of these photographs with you.

33 comments:

Magdalena said...

Pure Beauty!

Rhianne said...

wow, these are stunning

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

These are so very gorgeous, Irene! I was wondering at the top of the post what the story was on these horses, and I enjoyed hearing how you got to know them and how they interacted with you. Sounds like a fantastic experience.

escher23 said...

Beautiful horses and photos

JESS said...

so lovely!

Naomi Reynolds said...

so beautiful and magical!

risamay said...

What beautiful images, and what a special experience. Applause and awe (:

.kat. said...

Breathtakingly beautiful!
Horses are the symbol of
strength and beautiful
combined, and YOU have
captured that so well here.

Foxglove Lane said...

You inspire me!

Laurie Skillern said...

Wow, beautiful images

Lina-Paola said...

These are really great images Irene. I really like the one where the horse is sort of hiding out in the grass. It portrays the shyness of this magnificent creature. Real nice job!! Keep on posting!!
-Lina
misartmanias.blogspot.com

sanne said...

Oh remember those horses, such a beuatiful place with the white horses and the pink flamingos. These are amazing photos!

Lynda said...

They're really beautiful Irene! It must have been an amazing experience to spend time among them.

Hannah said...

I think horses are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth, and you've captured these ones in such a way that showcases just that.

Florence said...

these photos are just absolutely fabulous. i come from france (but live in nz) so i am particularly drawn to them for this reason too. they remind me of home.

Katja Maki said...

These photos are breath-taking! They capture the essence of the horses perfectly as well as a hint of mystery about them!

photo-melanie said...

wow... totally blown away...

Monica from Hola!design said...

I love horses and their big eyes. beautiful images.

sécia said...

What an amazing experience. Those photos are fantastic.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Frl. Mutschekiepchen said...

woah... that blows my mind
awesome

kind regards Frl. Mutschekiepchen

Liesl said...

So, so pretty! Whenever I see a white horse, I think of my grandmother...she loved them!

Liesl :)

Shane said...

Jaysus Irene, would you ever stop taking so much awe inspiring photography and give us amateurs a chance to catch up

Z. said...

Gorgeous images Irene, these are so inspiring!

Willkommen... said...

very nice webside...have a great sunday

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Marcie said...

Extraordinary beauty!! I didn't know about the white horses in southern France..now I'm itching to go!!!

Brine Time said...

uplifting
many thanks from down under

Junaluska said...

Camargue horses! These are such beautiful photographs. I was quite horse-obsessed when I was younger, and I would devour 300-paged books on horse breeds. Unfortunately, I had to give up riding to focus on dance. I haven't been riding in months, and I miss the smell, the feel, the grace of horses so much.

Anonymous said...

I would love to know how you process your photos. I'm in love with your photo processing style.

Annie L. Bailey said...

They are truly beautiful creature...

Mary V said...

Oh my!! Ok Now I see these are in France- disregard my more recent question about them being in Virginia! These are beautiful creatures!! You captured their spirits and a great feeling of being free.

boyishchic said...

Beautifully stunning. I'm in awe.
xx. Jillian

Courtney Jines said...

Your photos are simply incredible, I've pinned like a million of them on pinterest (always credit you, dont worry ^.^ )

You might like my latest post, check it out if you have time.
xxx

www.lalunagirl.blogspot.com

Kortney Cooper Dowell said...

Are these photos for sale in prints?!