In Repair

Rowan Davis, artist
Michael Mergen, faculty advisor

This series of photographs includes a continuing study of romanticized images of horses using natural light. The enigma behind these photographs is in the significance that they are all horses in rehabilitation. These horses were unwanted, mistreated and malnourished. My focus, however, is not on their misfortune but on their potential to be admired, if only for a short time. Throughout this project I am working with the Central Virginia Horse Rescue organization in Broadax County. Not only do I want to raise more awareness with equine rescue, but I also want to share my perspective of these beautiful animals that may be otherwise overlooked. My aim is to create unconventional horse photographs focusing on the intimate relationship I share with horses after working with them for over sixteen years, and highlight their splendor.
awarded second place in the visual works category

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