October 29, 2020

Photographer Captures Photos of Horses in Breathtaking Icelandic Landscapes

Snow and ice have always possessed a mystical quality, which is perhaps is what makes Iceland such a captivating destination. New York City-based professional photographer and filmmaker Drew Doggett, managed to capture a sliver of this magic in his new photo series ‘In the Realm of Legends,’ where he highlighted “the unique relationship between this land and the beautiful horses.”

While this was Doggett’s first time in Iceland, the photographer has traverled the much of the world for his other shoots seeking out unusual locations and the most beautiful nature.

The picture series captures the one-of-a-kind beauty of the majestic Icelandic horses who roam the surrounding territory.

After viewing the photos it is clear that Doggett’s hard work paid off, culminating in a whimsical series. He said he hopes his viewers walk away with feelings of ‘collective nostalgia, inspiration, and fantasy.’

Scroll down below to see Doggett’s enchanting photos from ‘In the Realm of Legends’!

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Photographer Drew Doggett’s enchanting photo series, In the Realm of Legends, captures the beauty of Icelandic horses

Image credits: Drew Doggett

While in Iceland, he lived on a farm that had hundreds of those horses. He was instantly attracted to the beauty that the landscape provided. One of the tales that was told was of an eight-legged Icelandic horse named Sleipnir. It is thought that the horse was the spirit animal of Odin, a mythological god. The pictures that he took show the relationship between the semi-wild horses that roam the area and the real world descendants of Sleipnir in a very harsh yet beautiful environment.

The landscape features some of the most beautiful areas in any part of the world. Black sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, and icy lagoons form the perfect backdrop for the horses as they go about their day-to-day business. Interestingly, Doggett decided to use color for this series, even though he typically shoots in black and white.

Doggett’s goal for the series was to “highlight the unique relationship between this land and the horses”

Image credits: Drew Doggett

“The light created brilliant hues that added a sublime texture to the entire series,” he explains. “Coupled with the contrast between the landscape and the horses, I knew this body of work demanded color.” The photo series shows the brown and snow-white horses in sharp contrast to the glacial blues and dark shades found in the area.

Every image has its own story and you can feel the power of nature behind each unique shot. “The light created brilliant hues that added a sublime texture to the entire series,” he explains. “Coupled with the contrast between the landscape and the horses, I knew this body of work demanded color.”

He likes to photograph in ‘near-impossible’ locations

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Doggett says of the collection, “The backdrop for this series seems idealized and reminiscent of a utopian natural world, but in Iceland these archetypal ideas of dreamlike lands are real.” He continues, “The horse’s aptitude for surviving in a place where the impossible seems to coexist within the realm of the possible is part of what makes this breed a uniquely fitting counterpart for this environment—and the subject of my series ‘In the Realm of Legends.’”

And was drawn to Iceland for it’s surreal and breathtaking landscapes

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

It took months to plan for the photography expedition

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Which culminated in two ‘jam-packed’ weeks of shooting

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

For the photographer, the biggest challenge was the unpredictable weather

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Even still, he still managed to capture the whimsical nature of these horses

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Doggett said he hopes after viewing the images you are filled with ‘collective nostalgia, inspiration and fantasy’

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Image credits: Drew Doggett

Behind The Scenes: In The Realm of Legends