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When I journey to a place, to seek out the light, the animals, the character of it, my intent is to peel back the layers of knowing until a deeper, more thorough understanding is reached. It is not enough to just ‘drop in’. I am looking for intimacy, the stripped down truth, the essence if you will, of what the land reveals, or the behavior of the creatures, or the heart of the people. Once this discovery is made I am beholden to show it in a creative way, an interpretation that comes from being immersed for days, weeks, or months with my subjects.

SABLE ISLAND:
A HORSEWOMEN'S JOURNEY

SABLE ISLAND:
A HORSEWOMEN’S JOURNEY

Debra Garside is the only professional photographer to have photographed Sable Island and her iconic horses in all four seasons. Debra has spent more than 90 days on the island spanning many trips from 2009 to present. “In 2009 a life-changing 6-day pilgrimage to Sable Island changed my life’s trajectory. My lifetime obsession for understanding domestic horses transformed into a study of the wild horse mind, spiritual significance and social structure.

Debra Garside is the only professional photographer to have photographed Sable Island and her iconic horses in all four seasons. Debra has spent more than 90 days on the island spanning many trips from 2009 to present. “In 2009 a life-changing 6-day pilgrimage to Sable Island changed my life’s trajectory. My lifetime obsession for understanding domestic horses transformed into a study of the wild horse mind, spiritual significance and social structure.

LET THERE BE WHITE

Let There Be White

This collection of images explores the minimalist canvas of winter in the north. It reminds us of nature’s moods, often through the eyes of the creatures which survive her extremes.  Some of them such as the Ptarmigan and Arctic Fox change their coats to camouflage for the seasons, while others such as the leucistic white bison and Kermode bear are genetic rarities. A polar bear’s hair is mainly translucent but appears to be whitish-gold, and the wild horse is born black and fades to white with age.

This collection of images explores the minimalist canvas of winter in the north. It reminds us of nature’s moods, often through the eyes of the creatures which survive her extremes.  Some of them such as the Ptarmigan and Arctic Fox change their coats to camouflage for the seasons, while others such as the leucistic white bison and Kermode bear are genetic rarities. A polar bear’s hair is mainly translucent but appears to be whitish-gold, and the wild horse is born black and fades to white with age.

ALBERTA’S WILD HORSES:
A HORSE WITH NO NAME

ALBERTA’S WILD HORSES:
A HORSE WITH NO NAME

If you come to Alberta you might be lucky enough to see a foal being born in a quiet meadow, a small herd drinking from a foothills creek, or a stallion standing sentinel on a Rocky Mountain ridge – and you will know that you are seeing a noble and timeless creature. Unlike their wild counterparts around the world, Alberta’s wild horses have never been given an official name. They are affectionately referred to by locals as ‘The Wildies’

If you come to Alberta you might be lucky enough to see a foal being born in a quiet meadow, a small herd drinking from a foothills creek, or a stallion standing sentinel on a Rocky Mountain ridge – and you will know that you are seeing a noble and timeless creature. Unlike their wild counterparts around the world, Alberta’s wild horses have never been given an official name. They are affectionately referred to by locals as ‘The Wildies’

BEARS

Bears

Bears have captivated my imagination from the time I was a small child. I saw my first bear when I was about six years old while camping with my parents on Vancouver Island. Since that time, I have been no less fascinated by their behaviour and intelligence. But I think the true attraction to observing bears comes from that strange mix of emotions that the experience encompasses, and it is always one of utmost respect and awe with a bit of well-managed fear. With all the bear species in these collections, the juxtaposition of what I know of bears’ ferocity and power is matched with their penchant for displaying playfulness, curiosity, and gentleness. What could be more enchanting?

Bears have captivated my imagination from the time I was a small child. I saw my first bear when I was about six years old while camping with my parents on Vancouver Island. Since that time, I have been no less fascinated by their behaviour and intelligence. But I think the true attraction to observing bears comes from that strange mix of emotions that the experience encompasses, and it is always one of utmost respect and awe with a bit of well-managed fear. With all the bear species in these collections, the juxtaposition of what I know of bears’ ferocity and power is matched with their penchant for displaying playfulness, curiosity, and gentleness. What could be more enchanting?

Antarctica: Of Ice & Time

Antarctica: Of Ice & Time

We who have walked the Antarctic realm do so in the footsteps of some of history’s most revered and controversial explorers.  After three voyages and more than 40 days exploring Antarctica from the peninsula to the lower southern latitudes, I have been one of the few of my generation to set foot on infamous Elephant Island and to cross the Antarctic Circle. In the relative comfort that modern navigation provides – I know that my hardships are few by comparison to early explorers, but challenging non-the-less. 

We who have walked the Antarctic realm do so in the footsteps of some of history’s most revered and controversial explorers.  After three voyages and more than 40 days exploring Antarctica from the peninsula to the lower southern latitudes, I have been one of the few of my generation to set foot on infamous Elephant Island and to cross the Antarctic Circle. In the relative comfort that modern navigation provides – I know that my hardships are few by comparison to early explorers, but challenging non-the-less. 

Mongolia: Of Bonds And Freedoms

Mongolia: Of Bonds And Freedoms

From the first ancient horse tamers of the vast steppes to the horse-mounted Genghis Khan warriors, to the modern-day struggles of the nomadic people, the iconic Mongolian horse and golden eagle have always been revered at the center of their culture and lifestyle. The bonds that they share with one another and to the largely unforgiving land that is their home, are forged through hard work and austerity.

From the first ancient horse tamers of the vast steppes to the horse-mounted Genghis Khan warriors, to the modern-day struggles of the nomadic people, the iconic Mongolian horse and golden eagle have always been revered at the center of their culture and lifestyle. The bonds that they share with one another and to the largely unforgiving land that is their home, are forged through hard work and austerity.

Bronze Art

Bronze Art

Each of my bronzes is a composition that is inspired by an emotion, mood or experience. In some ways it has evolved from my desire to create art that allows symbolic characteristics to be incorporated into the animal forms. I find the tactile nature of working directly with an elemental substance to be both therapeutic and rewarding. The clay is forgiving and allows my imagination and hands to create in a very visceral way, unencumbered by tools of the digital age. The art of bronze making with the ‘lost wax method’ of casting goes back many millennia.

Each of my bronzes is a composition that is inspired by an emotion, mood or experience. In some ways it has evolved from my desire to create art that allows symbolic characteristics to be incorporated into the animal forms. I find the tactile nature of working directly with an elemental substance to be both therapeutic and rewarding. The clay is forgiving and allows my imagination and hands to create in a very visceral way, unencumbered by tools of the digital age. The art of bronze making with the ‘lost wax method’ of casting goes back many millennia.