Bronze / 2019 / Nature / Other

In the Realm of Legends

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Other
  • Company
    Drew Doggett Photography
  • Photographer
    Drew Doggett

The works in "In the Realm of Legends" tell the intertwined story of the Icelandic landscape and native horses. While Iceland’s weather is extreme, often changing from hour to hour, the horse’s ability to thrive within this ever-changing ecosystem is innately embedded in their DNA. This breed is the original Viking horse brought to Iceland with its very first residents, so these animals have grown accustomed to the awesome yet daunting land. Together, the two have a rich history that creates one cohesive yet visually near-unbelievable narrative.

Drew Doggett has made a name for himself in the documentary and fine art world with his photography of some of the planet’s most unique and isolated indigenous cultures.

His 2009 solo trip to the isolated Himalayan area of Humla, Nepal, resulted in a book, Slow Road to China, and six gallery exhibitions in New York, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. Omo: Expressions of a People, a collection of photographs from Ethiopia, is the second of several expeditions Doggett has planned as part of this ten-year project.

Trained in fashion photography, Doggett creates images that capture a larger, perhaps classical, idea of beauty—one that speaks to worlds beyond the immediate context of his subjects. His photography of these traditional communities encourages Western viewers of all ages to draw links between seemingly disparate cultures. The interaction of landscape and human physicality is a particular focus of his work.

Since 2009, Doggett has incorporated a philanthropic element into his artistic pursuits with Art Cares. Thanks to this non-profit project, proceeds from the book and fine art prints of Slow Road to China have already funded all operations at a health center in rural Nepal for a year.

In 2012, the Omo collection was accepted into the Smithsonian African Art Museum’s photographic archives.