Discovering the Horses of Sable Island

PhotographerDrew Doggett
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyDrew Doggett Photography
City/CountryMount Pleasant, United States
Photo DateJune 2012
Technical InfoCanon 1DS MK III
Entry Description

Often called the ‘graveyard of the Atlantic’ due to its history of shipwreck, Sable Island is home to little more than a herd of 400 wild horses that roam freely over the island’s 26 rugged miles. The resulting body of work offers a portrait of the relationship between these horses and the environment that supports them. Although the landscape is harsh, the horses of Sable Island have adapted to thrive in their unusual habitat. The only land mammals on Sable, they know no fear and have no predators. Entirely unimpeded by humans, these horses embody a unique freedom and independence.

About Photographer

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.