Presenting sweeping panoramas of the all-white horses of Camargue, France, galloping through their native marshlands, this video centers around the relationship of the gardian caretakers and the otherworldly animals who, against all odds, call this region home. Dating back to the 1500s, the gardian’s role is a time-honored tradition based on earned trust and respect through their history living side by side with the horses. Believed to be descended from prehistoric horses around 17,000 years ago, these animals are instinctively in-tune with the land’s isolating conditions while the ‘gardians’ have adjusted their own lives to survive there as well.
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.