Wild Horse Silver Gelatin B&W Fine Art
Little did I know that I would have a fantastic experience with this beautiful new foal.
This little colt was born during the first few days of Spring 2022, and this photo was taken on May 14, 2022, making him about 6 1/2 to 7 weeks old.
I saw him for the first time when he was probably only a day or two old, so I already have a special place in my heart for this little guy.
He looked like a little giraffe with his long and skinny wobbly legs. He could walk, but it was like he didn't know what to do with his new legs.
ARTIST PROOFS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME
We are actively creating this print right now and it will be available as a limited edition of 100 very soon. If you would like to purchase one of my Artist Proofs, contact me and we can discuss the various APs and your options.
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Over the last several weeks watching him grow and stick close to his mom's side, I noticed how curious he was becoming. It took me back to thinking about my kids and how curious they were when they were young. It is easy for us as adults to lose that child-like sense of curiosity, and this young colt continues to remind me of how fun and meaningful it is to remain curious.
I was hiking along the Jack's Fork river to see if I could find the wild horses because they visit the river frequently. Jack's Fork river is part of The National Ozark Scenic Riverways in the Missouri Ozark Mountains. These wild horses are officially part of this area thanks to a bill signed into law by President Clinton in 1993, known as the Ozark Wild Horse Protection Act.
I found the wild horses grazing on some fresh spring glass along a lush and vibrant strip of land next to the river. On this day, there were 13 in this herd, including the new foal.
I've watched him gain more confidence over the last several weeks, and he was starting to wander further and further from his mom, but he is always quick to get back to her at a moment's notice.
To my surprise, he popped out of the woods about 50 feet in front of me and looked at me with curious eyes.
I was using a long 600mm telephoto lens as I usually do because I didn't want to get very close to the horses and alter their behavior.
We locked eyes, and I felt a sense of joy and wonder wash over me. Having experiences like this never get old, and it is tough to explain in words to someone that has never had the opportunity to interact with wild horses like this. After we broke our gaze with one another, I lifted the camera to my eye and took this photo as he looked away, and headed back to his mom.
Through my dedication to raising awareness about the Wild Horses of Missouri and all wild horses in America, I can only hope they can continue to live wild and free despite being under a steady stream of political and legal attacks.
I hope my grandkids and future generations can have moments like this with future generations of wild horses.
"Mr. Curious" is a limited edition of 100 handmade silver gelatin black and white fine art gallery print that I created using my pure analog workflow as described in the section below.
16"x20" Print** Hand Mounted on 20"x24" Museum Quality Board
Ready to display in a 20"x24" frame of your choice
** Frame not included
Silver Gelatin B&W Archival Fiber Print on Ilford Warmtone Fiber Semi-Matte or Glossy (Your Choice)
Selenium Toned & Processed to Musem Archival Standards
The artwork is titled and signed by Tim Layton and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Your new artwork is hinge-mounted with a window overmat and placed in an archival sleeve.
Your new artwork is ready to be mounted in a 20"x24" frame when you receive it.
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The majority of the photography community has long forgotten about analog film and darkroom methods and embraced digital and computer-based methods.
I have stayed the course and continued to refine my handmade analog chemistry-based workflows over the last four decades.
My son, Tim Jr., is my assistant, and he is becoming a master printer under my direction. We work together to create unique and handmade wild horse fine art silver gelatin collectible artwork, and he will continue our work when I am unable to at some point in the hopefully distant future.
When you purchase a Wild Horse Fine Art print from me, you know my hand and soul were involved in every step of the process starting with the experience in the field all the way to mounting the final artwork on the mat board. We do not outsource any part of our process to a third party which is increasingly rare as well.