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Work & Process
I’m inspired by the horses I photograph every day, from photographing their powerful gallops which thunder through my soul to the gentler moments like a breeze which carries their mane across their thoughtful eyes. Each time I’m with them, I learn something more about myself and I gain a deeper understanding of these beautiful horses I have spent a lifetime photographing.
Horses have the ability to open our hearts and heal us on many levels. They are the embodiment of freedom and spirit. My black-and-white photography communicates this sense of freedom that horses gift and a quiet beauty which is often understated and missed in many areas of life. It’s important that my artwork has a passionate message of conservation and animal welfare, the need to protect our natural habitats and connect to those animals who dwell in them at the heart of everything I do.
My process is a combination of black-and-white emotive photography and photo-encaustics both separately and intertwined.
I love working with beeswax in the studio, the texture and refracted light of each photo-encaustic piece has an ethereal feel, It is an ever-evolving creative process; it gives my work a deeper connection to the natural world using nature’s gift of beeswax. Some of my original photo-encaustic work is re-photographed and then the image is hand-printed onto beautiful printing papers, which adds another level of depth to my photographic work.
2016 – British Institute of professional photography(BIPP) awarded – Licentiateship Qualified Member.
2019 – BIPP Award (Merit)
2019- BIPP Regional Wildlife Photographer North West.
2021 – Best Equine Photographer UK – SME Global Award
2021 -BIPP Wild Life Photographer of the Year – North West & North East
2022 – Refocus Awards – Equine (wildlife) photography Nominee
Based in the rural Pennines Lancashire, Esther is an award-winning fine art equine photographer and photo-encaustic artist. Photographing horses and creating artwork with a passionate message of conservation, beauty, heart and soul is a way of life for Esther over most of her career, she has dedicated her time to photographing horses and other animals. Esther’s considered approach toward her subjects and artwork allows her love and understanding of horses to shine through. Creating artwork which is both beautiful and emotive. Along with her commissioned work which truly captures horses spirit and personality giving their owners one-of-a-kind special artwork for their homes.
Esther went to Swansea University, studying sculpture, printing and photography culminating in her mixed media photo-encaustic work. Prior to becoming a self-employed artist, she worked as a Forensic Photographer at Greater Manchester Police and later at the UK Forensic Scientific Service. A role which often sees the darker side of humanity, Esther soon returned to the peace of being amongst horses in their natural world.
Esther’s photography is renowned for capturing the heart, soul and beauty of all horses from domesticated to wild. This has also extended into animal advocacy, working alongside animal charities such as ACE, HAPPA and the RSPCA. Esther is proud to have created artwork raising awareness of animal welfare issues.
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Spending time with horses
is where I feel most at home