Michelle Twohig
art to bring your happy place inside

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My equine art process

I’m not your typical equine or fine art photographer. I use a camera as a tool to collect raw material to make art with later. The instantly wall-worthy, perfect shot, straight out of the camera is icing on the cake for me, but the cake is loading up my camera (what I consider my digital brush) with pixels to work with later.

When I review my shots at the end of the day, I’m often most inspired by the shots other photographers would instantly delete. I love the longer art process of bringing the beauty I see on the inside of a horse out where others can see it, too. Truth is, I feel much more connected to the process of revealing the horse I saw that day, than I do to the science of capturing “perfect shots.”

The "Before" example above shows a scene most others wouldn't even notice, while the "After" shows the scene in my mind. It’s one of my award winners.

I even keep images for parts, like an artful chop shop. Okay, now I fully expect to lose my Girl Scout photography badge…

I created a series called "Festooned Freedom" based on several different horses wearing hand-made garlands. I knew when I took the photos that the backgrounds were going to be replaced. Here's one example (more here).

In the comments below, please tell me about a photo of your horse that shows you "beauty on the inside" that others might not see...