My Story

I’m a fine art photographer who creates artwork for people who yearn for the outdoors, seek the freedom and joy that horses can gift, helping them connect to the natural world in their homes.

Growing up in the rural Pennines with rolling hills all around me, I must have walked thousands of miles on the moors come rain or shine. All of this raw, natural beauty helped to mould me into the artist I am today.

Before starting Esther Marie Photography, I first worked as a Forensic Photographer at the Greater Manchester Police and the 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 fell in love with horses later in life when I met a bay named Bruce. He had a soft heart and big brown, kind eyes despite a difficult upbringing. During my daughter’s ill health, I found solace in our special bond. My appreciation for the natural world grew, along with a love of horses by the freedom they gave me.

I studied at Swansea Institute of Higher Education, my education in sculpture, printing, and photography combine in my mixed media photo-encaustic work.

When crafting photo-encaustic artwork, I often think about how the photograph was created. The movement, emotion and dance of the horse mixed with the perfect light.

 

My artwork is inspired by the natural world. Nothing compares to that moment I know I have captured the heart, soul, and beauty of the horses and I love that the final act is to encapsulate my photographs using nature’s own bee wax and tree sap. This final act adds depth and ensures my art will last a lifetime.

Now, more than ever, our natural world is so important to us. I believe everyone should experience the sound of thundering hooves as horses gallop past, learn to love the simplest parts of their day like the chill of an autumnal sun (which my Grandad used to call “honest days”) And I hope you take time out to feel the wind in your hair the sun on your face and be inspired to dream big.

I wish to create artwork for people who yearn for the outdoors, who are passionate about horses.

My work celebrates freedom and the joy horses and their natural world gift us and above all, I hope my artwork helps inspires people to develop a connection to the natural world.

 

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.

 

BIO

Based in rural Pennines, Esther Marie is a photographer and photo-encaustic artist who creates emotive and creative fine art photography. She explores the emotional connections and sense of freedom that these magical creatures gift their human companions. Creating artwork that captures all the beauty and essence of horses in the natural world.

 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 and photography combine in her mixed media photo-encaustic work.

All her work uses archival fine art papers, printed by hand and professionally crafted.  Her limited-edition photography can be 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 and the RSPCA – Esther is proud to have created artwork raising awareness of animal welfare issues.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY |PHOTO – ENCAUSTICS

I love to create beautiful fine art prints of my work and I really enjoy using the expressive, messy mixed media technique photo-encaustics. 

The photograph I’ve captured is expertly printed onto beautiful printing papers, a work of art in its own right but to me, the final process of creating my artwork is using an age-old process called Photo-encaustics, using natures beeswax and tree sap, adds an expressive emotion and texture which you simply can’t get from any other medium.

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Esther Marie Gallery
86 Huddersfield Road, Newhey
Lancashire

01706 846714