To capture the soul of a wild horse on film, one must either be invisible in sight, sound and scent, or have permission and approval from the horse. The first is nearly impossible, particularly in the case of wild horses. The latter is a gift that precious few photographers can enjoy. Jennifer Glassman’s photography captures rare glimpses, showing explosive power and peaceful tranquility of Mustangs in the wild. Her artistry with motion, composition, depth of field and phenomenal patience, all contribute to this emotional photographic portrayal of beautiful sentient beings. Viewers of Glassman’s images could scarcely guess that until 2010, her lifelong passion for horses remained untapped. Her 20-year career as a film and television executive and full-time parent left her precious little time to explore this passion. During her initiation to the equestrian world Glassman became quickly educated by the Cowboys and Cowgirls at Sunset Ranch, Hollywood, about the harsh realities facing our Mustangs in America and beyond. Hearing for the first time how they are chased to exhaustion by helicopters, then rounded up and housed under inhumane conditions, she remembers being utterly horrified “The information I heard and then researched about these amazing animals and how the BLM was allowing these roundups did not make sense. How did I NOT KNOW? Why wasn’t this in the news?” And ultimately she began educating herself with a goal to help. Jennifer feels it is her ultimate objective to represent and convey an “authentic form of these magical creatures that harkens back to their heritage to show the magnificent and historic connection between man, horse and our world.” The kinetic energy Glassman conveys in her photos reflects the thrill she feels behind the lens. Some of the resulting images are so dynamic that they approach abstraction; others are rich in detail, one zeroing in on the star-like convergence of hair between a horse’s eyes. Glassman says of her creative goals, “This isn’t about pretty pictures of horses; I want to convey something more authentic – to show the real, raw personality of my subject and engage my audience to take action to help these amazing animals in any way that they can.” This observation dovetails with Glassman’s desire to go beyond pretty pictures, to uncover something as yet unseen, and to expose the wrong currently being done to America’s wild horses. A portion of all proceeds generated by sales from Glassman’s work will directly benefit various rescue organizations, including www.skydogranch.org and www.wildhorsesanctuary.org. Jennifer Glassman lives with husband Rick Glassman and four beloved Mustangs: Samson, Brodie, Blaze and Baby Jack (BB GEE) and her tiny herd of rescues at her newly established Mustang and Horse rescue, @3rdcoastsanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit to raise funds and awareness, as well as provide safe haven, for all horses in need. Check it out by clicking here www.3rdcoastsanctuary.org.
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