“What a mortal creature of God could be more beautiful than a horse?” Zofia Kossak-Szczucka
I have been interested in horses since childhood as they accompanied me throughout the times of my youth and the adult life. Although I had broadened my knowledge in totally different areas, such as studying French Philology and Journalism at Pedagogical University of Cracow and Photography at Warsaw School of Photography & Graphic Design, these experiences enabled me to make two of my biggest hobbies into one – equine photography. Moreover, being able to speak in three languages: French, Spanish and English was priceless during all my trips to foreign countries. Photography studies enriched my skills and additionally sensibilised me to various types of photography. Furthermore, countless hours spent in a saddle and while working as a horse-riding instructor helped me to understand horses mentally what, at the moment, facilitates to predict their behaviours as well as to receive a long-awaited final effect in the picture.
When I take my camera, I always try to remember the words of Ansel Adams, one of the best photographers: A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. Horses have always been charming and inspiring to me. Their nature’s duality is what surprises me persistently. They are equally strong and delicate, shy and attentive, proud and tame. Their beauty, nobility and gentleness make each photography session an unrepeatable, full with emotion experience. Thus, I am really happy to have an opportunity to work with these amazing creatures and to share my love, admiration and respect to horses with you by photographs collected on this website.
Three of my albums: “Konie arabskie” – 2004, “Konie” – 2013 and its extended edition under the same title: “Konie” – 2014 contain the significant part of my photographs archive. My works, every year, are included in various publications: calendars, magazines, puzzles, books, etc. I collaborate with publishing companies in Poland, Germany, Italy, the U.K., France and the U.S.A.
I would like to thank all wonderful persons I have a chance to meet on my foto trips: owners of the stud farms, breeders, caretakers for their endless patience, dedication and especially for wake ups early in the morning. Without you these photos would not have been taken.
Agnieszka i Włodek Bilińscy and Bartek Karasiński thank you for photos!