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bristol mac donald

exhibition: unbridled souls |  portrait of the american wild horse
january 18 to february 14, 2013

Los Angeles, CA  USA

With a background in photojournalism, Bristol has dedicated the last eight years of her life documenting the spirit of the American wild horse. Her unique and captivating imagery has coveted multiple awards , international attention and highly successful gallery exhibits.

"I am driven by passion and by a devotion to tell the story of the plight of the American wild horse. I have made it a priority in my life and my art to educate and enlighten the public and inspire change."

Once an American legend, a living symbol of freedom, the American wild horse is now in jeopardy of becoming extinct in a land it helped revolutionize. As a nation we have done little to extend either stewardship or respect for these noble animals. Instead we have herded them, broken them, abused them and slaughtered them. And now we are at risk of losing them forever. 

Bristol has traveled across the country observing and photographing wild horse bands in their natural habitat. Her "fine art" photography utilizes traditional photographic technique: black and white film and a single lens reflex camera. Each image is custom printed in the darkroom on fiber based, gelatin silver photographic paper, natural canvas and gelatin silver celluloid. All formats are preservation quality with no digital manipulation. 

A portion of Bristol's photographic sales is gifted to Return to Freedom - American Wild Horse Sanctuary, a non-profit wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo. The sanctuary is a safe haven for over 200 wild horses, located in Lompoc, California. 

"It is my greatest desire that my art touch the human spirit and encourage Americans to speak out on behalf of wild horses across the nation. We need to be their voice!"

Artist Reception 
January 18, 2013  | 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm