The horses of Camargue are most identifiable by their lily-white color. They inhabit a remote part of Southern France and are believed to be descended from prehistoric horses around 17,000 years ago. Camargue is a marshy territory, but the horses gallop through the murky water without worry. Their muscular makeup is especially striking against the monotone backdrop and their relationship with this territory became a focal point for this series since they relay a sense of complete ownership of the land around them. The pronounced physical features of these horses are a hallmark of their breed, but when they are at rest the effect is different, albeit majestic; they quietly exude grace and power. They also exhibit familial tendencies which I aimed to preserve on camera as these moments of affection, interaction, and intimacy are near-human.
Drew Doggett has made a name for himself in the documentary and fine art world with his photography of some of the planet’s most unique and isolated indigenous cultures. His 2009 solo trip to the isolated Himalayan area of Humla, Nepal, resulted in a book, Slow Road to China, and six gallery exhibitions in New York, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. Omo: Expressions of a People, a collection of photographs from Ethiopia, is the second of several expeditions Doggett has planned as part of this ten-year project. Trained in fashion photography, Doggett creates images that capture a larger, perhaps classical, idea of beauty—one that speaks to worlds beyond the immediate context of his subjects. His photography of these traditional communities encourages Western viewers of all ages to draw links between seemingly disparate cultures. The interaction of landscape and human physicality is a particular focus of his work. Since 2009, Doggett has incorporated a philanthropic element into his artistic pursuits with Art Cares. Thanks to this non-profit project, proceeds from the book and fine art prints of Slow Road to China have already funded all operations at a health center in rural Nepal for a year. In 2012, the Omo collection was accepted into the Smithsonian African Art Museum’s photographic archives. Doggett’s fine art photography is on display in buildings and private collections around the world. He lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina.