A big thank you to all of those listed here for their beautiful contributions

After successfully spending over 20 years as a high-end advertising photographer in San Francisco, I found myself burned out, disenchanted, and ultimately receiving no nourishment from the work I was doing. When horses came into my life in the mid-1990s, I realized that I had found my teachers, and the connection that I have developed with horses has helped steer my life in a completely different direction. Horses have taught me so much in the time I have spent with them…
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Creating my art is a bit of a bareback ride; I combine mediums in regenerative and new ways that evoke movement, energy and life. Many of my works are large or life-size urban equestrian paintings, “Urban Equines”. By that I mean the energy, beauty, and classic equine form expressed in purely contemporary terms. What gives my work its edge is a deep personal familiarity with the physical horse… and an expansive sense that the movement is bigger than what you see…
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I like to take pictures. Mostly of the natural world, but really, of anything that catches my eye. I like getting up close to things I love. A photo assignment in 2005 brought me to a series on wild horses. Witnessing their beautiful lives before and after a traumatic round up turned me into a wild horse advocate. After the round up in 2009, I got involved in a rescue of 21 mares destined for long-term holding. Those horses, and their offspring, now reside at Return to Freedom sanctuary…
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Image Galleries from Some of Our Contributing Photographers (with more to come)

One of Return to Freedom’s 2016 in-residence work-study volunteers, Josephine Blossfield of Hornbeak, Denmark, doubles as a photographer. This gallery features some of her favorite photos from her time living, working, and learning at Return to Freedom. To read more about her experience and that of two of our other work-study volunteers, please click here.

Words and Photos by Josephine Blossfeld