our helpers behind the shooting
Photographer ~Kody Böhming with the help of Kelly Mccoy
Horse handlers ~Saki and Darren Natsuka
Air ~OCS Ghost Town Knight
Earth ~OCS Sparklin Myth
Water ~Drovers Some Sparks D Luxe
Fire ~Smart N' Cheeky Cherokee and Hot N' Smoking Cherokee
Water, Air, Earth and Fire
AN ELEMENTAL PHOTOSHOOTING
Every horses nature is influenced by the forces of nature.
The ELEMENTS that surround us.
While many can break them into variouse and different cores that surround us
there is one CYCLE OF ELEMENTS that contains all the necessary
to create LIFE in just four ELEMENTS.
The AIR that surrounds us.
Have you ever seen a wild horse, seen how it, with ease,
paces through the canyons and landscapes it can call its home?
Have you ever seen its wings?
Have you ever felt like flying, light as AIR on a horses back?
We need AIR to live, to breath, to be!
We can feel its powers when we galop with our friend,
just like that wild horse, feel the AIR that passes by
and follows only for a split second until it finds a new way.
...even though we never see it...
The power beneath us.
Beneath the hooves of a horse, beneath the feet of a human,
beneath every living and non-living thing we know and not know.
The dust a horse is throwing up just as it pounces its hoove on the ground,
the steady beat you can hear with its galop,
the muscles you can feel under yourself, that feel of hold and safety beneath yourself.
EARTH can give you the safety and grip,
EARTh can be decieving and let you fall.
...trust the EARTH, but never to much to let you fall in its arms blindly...
With its steady flow keeps us moving.
WATER can be calm in one second, it can be wild in the very next.
Never trust the water, though we need it to survive.
Its like an illusion, looks safe and calm,
but it will grab you and pull you into its streams.
WATER is like a horse, always moving, always watching and always changeing.
Its a wild caracter you are not able to control.
...and still humans try to control it, because they need it to survive...
The wild heart of a young horse is burning.
It seems disturbing and out of place for an ELEMENT that we would need.
Noone likes the destroying powers of a fire. But we need it.
May it be the warmth in the cold winter night.
May it be its light in the dark.
But we also need it to destroy nature. Without destruction there can be no construction!
FIRE creates space for new life, new creatures and a new flora and fauna to grow and live!
FIRE is an uncontrollable, though somehow controllable ELEMENT
we handle with care, hold in our hearts and love in its full beauty.
...just as our horses wild and fiery nature...
DISCLAIMER: NO! None of our horses have been set on fire or forced to anything! This was a "Freerun and freehandle" photoshooting with a theme set in our minds for these elements. We have many more shots of our other horses but found these fitting the best for every element.
The fire has been added on the computer by my stepdad (Darren) and we took great care for Twoface after her wet, rainy and watery shooting in the river. She got a dry rubbing with towels, got some red light in the solarium and had warm blankets in her stall that evening and didnt catch a cold, she is completely healthy!
Noone was harmed during this shooting (Except Kody, but falling over a bucket is not our fault! Haha!)
~ Saki Natsuka and Team