Sable Island Horses
A Horsewomen's Journey
“Debra’s photos are unique, all expressing a kind of intimacy – so interesting, compelling and creative. Quite amazing. Her art is informed by patient and intuitive observation. She asks questions, wonders and considers in great detail the meaning behind the behaviour in her equine subjects. Her artistry expresses more than the sum of sand, sky, sea, grass and horse, she feels and interprets the substance and temperament of the landscape.”
– Zoe Lucas, Sable Island Naturalist
“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. I soon discovered what many horsewomen over the centuries have known—that horses are so complex and so not able to fit into any scientific box that they will continue to inspire us and perplex us day after day. What I do know for certain is that horses can teach us, heal us and bring a certain vibrance and purity to the landscape, no matter how pristine or battered we or the land might be. They are cultural symbols and sentients of the highest order. This has become much more than a photographic journey. In a very primal way, I feel as though I belong here – it is a visceral connection with the elements, landscape and horses.” – Debra Garside
Debra Garside is the only professional photographer to be granted overnight expedition access to Sable Island in all four seasons. Debra has spent more than 90 days on the island spanning many trips from 2009 to present.