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Unlike other subjects, wild horses can not be directed or contrived. You wait. Patiently. For what they offer you, then hope the magic of the right light and the right angles collide. When they do, there is something so beautiful that is not only captured in time, but a spark it lit in that moment. To engage you, the viewer, into something bigger.
Conservation and their protections matter.
Wild Mustangs. Without them the great west was not possible. We traveled, explored and built this land by holding onto their manes and riding the spirit of their hearts. We can honor that gift by being their voice. These beautiful legends, magnificent symbols of freedom and grace are being stripped from their homes, families torn apart and an icon will soon be lost forever. It is my hope to not only celebrate the beauty and magnificence of these creatures but to help them. They are a living breathing history museum, a vital element in our heritage, to our eco-system and to our humanity. To lose them would be a tragically irresponsible disrespect to our past, present and future.
The GREATNESS of a NATION and ITS MORAL PROGRESS can be JUDGED by the way ITS ANIMALS are TREATED. - GANDHI
Regalo lived wild and free for about the first two years of his life, in the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming. One of the most magical places to ever place yourself.
In October of 2011 helicopters descended on his family. A prey animal, chased for miles across rugged, dangerous and diverse landscape with a soaring, loud machine over your head. Did you know that a horse can hear the ultrasonic shriek of a bat, which is inaudible to a humans ear? Just think about that? He was then, immediately removed from his family band, loaded on a livestock truck with his mother and shipped for hours to a facility in Utah.
Imagine, being chased with your family for miles, quite possibly hours by helicopter, forced into tiny steel pens after living two years of your life on over 800k acres of territory. Never seeing a human before and now they are yelling and waving plastic bags in your face. You are exhausted as your little legs should never of had to run that far, that fast and that scared. Now you begin the 6+ hour journey in a loud, bumpy metal box stuffed with other scared wild mares and youngsters. You arrive and are unloaded into a flat pen surrounded by fences. The following day you are taken from you mother, run through a squeeze shoot, given vaccines, gelded and moved into a pen with only other newly gelded youngsters. Mother now gone forever.
With all of that happening to him, this is the smartest, most curious, mostly confident horse I have ever been privileged to know. If communicate with well, he loves to learn, if forced, he grows in height and becomes hundreds of pounds heavier of “No, you can’t make me do anything”. I am completely fascinated by him.
I adopted in 2013, his name means “the gift” and that is exactly what he has been to me. My first wish is freedom for wild horses and burros. And while not all wild horses do well with captivity, the ones that do are remarkable. For the past few years we have been learning to joy of jumping. Yes, a once wild horse now representing the American Mustang with the art of jump. He thrives on it! He is my “wild child” and I could not be more proud of this amazing creature.
The Hollywood dream moved her west from Minnesota, but it was the heart of a horse that changed everything.
Having worked on both sides of the camera, Kimerlee Curyl has the natural ability of capturing emotion. Since 2004 she has been delivering imagery that is described as unique, dramatic, and evocative. Emphasizing graceful lines, rich textures, and a view of the horse never seen before. With sophistication and purity, she has been capturing these iconic creatures so intimately that she leaves you, the viewer imagining their very breath upon your face.
Kimerlee’s photography is influenced by the photographic genius of Herb Ritts, Nick Brandt and Kurt Markus. She is mostly self-taught, with a style all her own, which has become instantly recognizable. She has traveled the world, capturing the essence and spirit of stunning horses. Yet it’s the allure of raw, wild, untouched beauty, mixed with rugged terrain and harsh elements and then, the patience for them to trust her, which has become the oxygen to her soul.
The work reflects passion, purpose, and is fused with environmental consciousness. Dedicated to the protections of wild horses, Kimerlee’s hope is to inspire others, not only to appreciate the beauty of these creatures, but to take an interest in helping preserve their place on this land. The same land they enabled us to travel upon as we revolutionized this country not so long ago.
Now, sadly, America’s wild horses are facing their final stand as we continue to round them up, ship them off to destination “unknown” and stockpile them in long-term holding facilities. All while rapidly destroying our nation’s heritage. Kimerlee firmly believes we are destroying ourselves in the barbaric acts of this process.
She lives in the beautiful valley of Santa Ynez, CA and has had two very significant horses in her life, a paint mare named Sequoia and an adopted wild mustang named el Regalo.
She is represented by one of the country’s largest fine art publishers, prestigious galleries along with national, international and celebrity collectors. Her work has been used in numerous advertising campaigns and product branding.
Most importantly, it has become a voice for those who don’t have one…our remaining wild horses.
INTERVIEW FOR THE #IMWITHTHEBAND CAMPAIGNS RELEASE
Kimerlee Curyl speaks about her journey with wild horses over the past 17 years.
A VOICE for WILD HORSES
Kimerlee has spoken the truth about our American wild horses to audiences from a variety of backgrounds, educating the public on the plight that wild horses have historically faced, and continue to face, due to special interests.
Speaking at engagements such as EarthX, workshops, high schools, art openings and galas, movie premieres, private collector dinners and more.
She has traveled to numerous and often times isolated locations documenting in an artful form, the life of the American wild horse. A life that is woven into the very fabric of our land.
Kimerlee believes in the art of visual storytelling. If raising awareness, hosting an art opening or event to share and expose the issues these icons face inspires you, please contact us at: