Australian commercial photographer Nick Leary has been fascinated by the wild horses which roam the outback so much that he has published a hard-cover coffee table book of images he has made of them. The so-called “brumbies” have been in the bush for as long as Europeans have lived in Australia, from when they first slipped the fences and farms and stables which held their ancestors in the early days of the colonies.
Today, brumby numbers have swelled to around 400,000, and for Nick Leary there is something about these sleek animals which resonates with what he feels about Australia. He says he is attracted to their enormous strength and resilience, and their untamed beauty which can endure and thrive in one of the harshest landscapes on earth.
Leary’s project has taken nine years to complete. He chartered helicopters to fly across the outback, often hanging out of doors with a camera in both hands whilst swooping amongst stampeding wild horses. The publishers say the resulting portfolio captures “something wild and fleeting which pays homage to the magical spirit of Australia”.
This book should take pride of place on any coffee table!