I believe my love of photography began at an early age, I wonder sometimes whether I can actually pin point the experience which placed me on the path and led me to becoming an artist.
One of my earliest memories as a child was going for walks with my Grandad and being mesmerised at the sight of sunlight dancing through a canopy of trees. I remember the illuminance of the green leaves as the sun shined from behind the tree. I remember the sun flare as I moved my head in indifferent directions to gaze more intensely at the tree. More than anything I remember closing my eyes for a brief moment and shutting them so tight in a childish act of trying to hold the sight of that beautiful light and that magical tree in my mind, forever.
That memory of seeing the world through the eyes of a child still moves me to this day. Feeling intrigued and overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural world around me is a driving force behind my work. From an early age, a camera became a time machine – not to travel back and forth in time but to freeze time, take a breath and capture the true essence and beauty of what I see.
I studied at Swansea Institute of Higher Education and my education in sculpture, printing, and photography came together in my mixed media photo-encaustic work many years later.
Before creating Esther Marie Photography, I first worked as a Forensic Photographer at Greater Manchester Police and later at the UK Forensic Scientific Service. This role had me see the darker side of humanity, yet I could always find peace in the natural world surrounding me.
I thought that my career as a police photographer was sealed but I never settled into the role even though I was making a difference and was on a great career path I felt there was something missing and often took solace in the natural world around me.
It wasn’t until my late twenties that I plucked up courage to book a riding lesson. I was always drawn to horses from an early age but as a timid child, I never dared to follow my heart. From that very moment I was hooked, I absolutely fell in love with everything horsey! When horses first came into my life, my daughter was very ill and spending time with the horses gave me comfort, time out and on many occasions allowed me to have an emotional outlet (there’s nothing like a warm hug from a horse) in-order to cope with the stress of having an ill child. I often had to go on autopilot and keep my own emotions in check to move through daily life. I kept going though and even signed up to do my British Horse Society courses too.
My passions in life, photography, horses and the natural world collided harmoniously and my fine art photography career began.
Through my artwork, I tell stories of the wild at heart, capturing the beauty and fragility of wilderness and wild inspired by horses and their natural world – with conservation at the heart of my work.
I understand the power of horses and have a deep connection with them. Being able to tell stories of what I love the most, whilst creating emotive artwork which resonates with art collectors who share my love of the natural world; as well as being able to give back to animal welfare charities and help promote wild and rare horses through my work, is so important to me.
Now, more than ever, our natural world is so important to us. Our rare and wild animals are declining and some are becoming extinct. Nature is being changed on a daily basis by destroying natural habitats and influencing climate change. If the world continues on this path of destruction and greed, sadly, our natural environment will be changed forever and lost.
I believe everyone should experience the sound of thundering hooves of wild horses as they gallop past. Appreciate the beauty and fragility of the world around us and be aware that we can all do our “bit” to change the course of our natural world to ensure our rare and wild horses are galloping free into the future in thierown beautiful natural habitat.
All my subjects are photographed with compassion and love. I hope my artwork inspires collectors to truly connect with the wilderness and wild, enjoy the natural world, feel free as bird and enjoy the wind in their hair.
A lovely poem that means so much to me. "Leisure"
By William Henry Davies
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Photographing horses is a way of life for award-winning photographer Esther Marie. She, for most of her career, has dedicated her time to photographing horses and other animals. Esther’s considered approach toward her subjects and artwork allows her empathy and understanding of horses to shine through. Taught at Swansea University, her education in sculpture, printing
All her work uses archival fine art papers, printed by hand and professionally crafted. Her limited-edition photography can be purchased on her online gallery, seen at exhibitions or by private appointment.
Esther Marie also provides help and support with regular fine art photography workshops to people of all ages. Horses inspire Esther’s photography on many levels with her work renowned for capturing all their beauty and grace. This has also extended into animal advocacy. Working alongside animal charities – ACE, HAPPA