A parallel Worlds

Sunday May 4 2008 / Art & Design

Animal photographer Tim Flach's 'Equus' photographic book is a groundbreaking work of equestrian art.

To shoot a large variety of horsey, all against a huge canvas that he carried with him, Flach travelled to India, Utah, Iceland, Moscow and the UAE, and beyond, to explore the origins of the horse. He shot Mustangs in the deserts of Utah, Haflinger's high in Austrian Alps, Arabians in expansive deserts, Icelandic Horses against glacial backdrops and racing Thoroughbreds in the pristine confinement of their training environments.

As a photographer who focuses primarily on animal imagery, Flach is extremely interested in the anthropomorphic qualities of his subjects, and especially in the human reaction to the imagery. Much of the work he produces is ambiguous; the nape of a horse's neck could easily be mistaken for the rise of a mountain range.

All the photos published in the book differentiate themselves completely from the tradition of the equestrian photography genre. Flach excluded man from Equus, choosing to show the horses alone or at least with other equines.

Click for a superb slideshow of images from the Equus project.

For the interview of Time Flach by Rachel Hulin for her Photoshelter Blog, please click Interview with Tim Flach

Also check out Hulin's Cats in advertising article

Suggested by
Ian Skellern