It is a fleeting instant where reality fades and the abstract dream intercedes. A split second which for me exposes any separation between subject and photographer. In those moments, I am no longer aware of anything but the power and the presence before me, losing myself in an intimate dance of passion and discovery, where the essence of the soul, be it woman or horse, is momentarily released to my watching eye.
It is a dance that often begins slowly with hesitation and longing, a hunger to expose the beautiful and mystical though quiet observation and gentle encouraging. I move slowly, circling, watching, photographing. A presence that is physically non-intrusive but emotionally connected in an effort to expose the most private of moments. What results can be both explosive and subtle, a photograph which I hope, takes a step from this world into the next.
International fashion photographer Donna DeMari brings her fashion aesthetic and intimate style to Equine photography.
Her equine photographs invite you to engage with both the physical strength and innate beauty of the horse. While no two images are alike, each captures the power, grace and movement of the horse, while artfully exposing specific features and reflections of their individual personalities.
DeMari's body of work , which spans decades, commemorates her lifelong love of the horse. Her subjects range from anonymous horses in the stables of France to some of the top show horses and breeding farms in America.
Six years ago, Ralph Lauren discovered DeMari's horse images and they have been decorating the walls and windows of Ralph Lauren stores around the globe ever since.
Her equine photographs have been described as both haunting and ethereal while always remaining contemporary.
DeMari became the first woman to shoot the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Having photographed fashion for over 30 years she has worked for such publications as Italian Vogue, French Marie Claire, British Vogue, and British Elle. Other clients include Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Natori, and WWD Intimates. She is represented by the Staley Wise Gallery in New York as well as Jeanne Chisholm Gallery in Wellington, Palm Beach, Fla.
DeMari has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and has published six books of photographs, her most recent and first solo book on the life of her beloved labrador retrievers, "Luke and Forrest My Saviors, My Salvation" ( Willowcreek Press) won an IPPY Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Book of 2013.
Other books include"Holy Personal", "Sparks", "Eros and Equus" (Willowcreek Press), "Heartbeat for Horses" (Willowcreek Press) and Riding Barranca all collaborations with renowned author Laura Chester.
She was interviewed for Equestrian Life's program "For the Love of Horse" which aired on HRTV equestrianlife.com.
Her equine work has been featured in the top equine magazines including Equestrian Living Magazine, The Competitive Equestrian, Equestrian Culture and Arthorse Magazine.