Watching horses run freely is captivating, especially if they were just released from the confines of a stall. Striking movements of agility and grace, but most of all, their joyful engagement to be free and move about at will is a sight I never tire of photographing. As they move about, each displaying their own unique flare, I feel like I am watching a dancer, with the arena becoming their stage. With the aid of the computer, I can transport these images to a stage of my creation, blending the imagery with the imaged, that’s inspired by their being. Setting them free once again.
My artistic intent is to showcase the unbridled horse at liberty, hoping to portray the spirit of the horse in a way that the viewer may not have experienced before.
Mary Aiu is a fine art photographer who spends her time pursuing beautiful horses from around the world. Her work is noted for its ethereal feel, blending photographic components that often result in a painterly quality of the horse in motion. She has been described as one who can share the sensual beauty and depth of spirit in horses within her work.
Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography, Texas Photographic Society, Triton Museum of Art, and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She was a guest lecturer at the Monterey Museum of Art, her work has been published in LensWork, and she was awarded a Spotlight in the Black and White Magazine. She holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts and is a member of the Image Makers of Monterey.