About the horses
26 Wild horses roam free on about 500 hectares of wetlands near the mouth of the Botriver.
They are rumoured to be descendants of horses hidden in the vlei during the Anglo Boer war. Some say they are the survivors of a huge cull in the area in the 70's and others say they swam ashore when The Birkenhead ship sunk in the nearby ocean a long time ago. Free from human intervention, these magnificent creatures have braved the elements for many decades. They fight often and fiercely and are covered in scars, appearing sometimes heroic and sometimes battle weary.Their bodies have adapted to suit the constant wet surroundings. They play an important role in nature by keeping the clogged waterways open with their paths. No-one looks after them, and most people are totally unaware of them.
About the project
These horse roam free in an area flanked by communities known for their gangsterism and poaching. There is no one to protect these horses. By doing this project I hope to raise awareness about the horses which could be a very valuable ecotourist crowd-puller. They should be treated as a valuable resource. These horses make Kleinmond truly unique and very special to me.
I started the wild ones project 4 years ago. Somebody mentioned the Botrivier wild horses in a conversation one day and it was the first time I had heard of them, even though I had been spending week-ends and holidays in the area for more than 15 years. I saw my first few Wild Ones the next day at the Rooisand Nature Reserve. The setting was magical and the horses incredibly gentle. I cancelled most of my appointments at the time and spent the next four months photographing them. It was a huge transformational experience for me. Up until then I had only shot fashion and whatever else I could find, to get by. This was my first brush with nature photography and also my first real introduction to a more artistic approach to photography. The time with the wild horses was also intensely therapeutic. Arriving before sunrise and setting up knee-deep in the lagoon to await the sunrise and then seeing it reflected in the still water was magical. Then following the horses around for a day, napping when they nap, clicking away when they fought, cleared my mind and made me realise what I would actually like to do. Since then I have concentrated more and more on art projects. These are my various website. Please have a look :
Zuzu.co.za - where I sell my photos
Bruceboyd.co.za - commercial work
Zerodegrees.co.za - a recent project