I love Arabian Horses. In so many ways they were at the beginning of a lifelong journey for me. You may even say that they opened the door to another world that I hope I never stop exploring with them. I have mentioned in other blogs about what Arabian Horses mean to me and I have written about how they helped me come to a comfortable level of being with my emotional self.
Emotions revealed with Arabian Horses
Most people like to keep their feelings on the inside; I thought I did as well. After every photo shoot that I do with an Arabian horse I always feel more. I feel more deeply for days afterwards, feel more deeply connected to them during the photo shoot and I feel more fully as I edit each photo to bring it to life on a canvas. That’s what Arabians are about for me, all of those feelings finding their place within me and finding their place as my offering to the audience whoever they may be.
Recently I went on just such a photo shoot with a “flea-bitten”, as they call the coat color, Arabian horse. It was a local Prescott, Arizona photo shoot with local landscape and one really connected Arabian horse with character and a loving heart. That was all I needed to feel my way through the lens and into some amazing photos to bring to life. I won’t say that I am ever displeased with a photo shoot but instead I will say that this photo shoot, with this particular Arabian horse has produced, for me, a photograph that I am really proud to have in my collection. This new piece of equine art called, Mr. Tucker B brings my feelings to the forefront every time I see it. For me it feels elegant and real, artistic and homey, personal and familiar to the crowd as well. It feels to me like the life of the party on the wall, an easy conversation starter and easy to talk about as you entertain guest you know well and those you don’t. It feels to me like a familiar friend on the wall to all of the introverts who ended up at the party. While he is not my horse, I discovered his heart as I was editing one of his photos. I knew it was there, I just found the perfect way to show everyone else what he was showing me through the lens. I am moved and appreciative that we shared this experience and so I pass that along to you, hoping you feel it.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at these Arizona Galleries: Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery on Whiskey Row in Prescott, AZ and Coops Coffee House at Talking Rock Ranch. Several images are also available at the current exhibit, Click: Expose The West showing at The Phippen Western Art Museum