Sunday, August 12, 2018

Wild Horses of Cumberland Island Hardcover – November 10, 2017 by Anouk Masson Krantz (Author), Oliver Ferguson (Foreword) (The Images Publishing Group (:Images Publishing Dist Ac))

Anouk Krantz’s Wild Horses of Cumberland Island is a truly timeless collection of black and white photos depicting the peaceful nature of the horses as well as the lush scenic beauty that can be seen on the island. The book is full of elegant photos of Cumberland Island’s wildlife and wilderness. This book will captivate and enlighten you with it’s soulful connection to this idyllic place off the Georgia coast but Sadly, this book perpetuates the selfish, human-centric romanticized myth that feral livestock let loose on a sub-tropical barrier island, with limited food resources and competition with native fauna is the best thing that could have happened to them. The photos she didn't include are the gruesome ones that paint the true story. Check out the Cumberland Island Museum's newsletters and you will see extremely sad cases of horses suffering, living in a harsh environment that isn't natural to them. I've seen for myself skinny, frail mares trying to nurse, not having enough calories and nutrients to properly sustain both themselves and their foals, a photo of a too young mare dying while giving birth to a much too large foal for her size, a filly with a prickly pear spine piercing the roof of her mouth making it impossible to eat due to the pain and infection and a mare who died because her tail got caught on some old barbed wire fencing in the now grown forest, and no one could see her stranded there. It makes you wonder why they must stay on this island just because it makes us 'happy' to see a herd of horses running up and down a beach -- one of their few open spaces? I grew up on Sapelo Island and I would hate to see herds of horses destroying the dunes and ecosystems there. We have enough problems with the wild feral hogs on the North End of the island, and several remaining feral cattle herds, with some seriously dangerous bulls you would not find romantic at all. Bottom line, the horses need to go. If you asked them if they would prefer wide, open fields maintained to prevent injury from prickly pear spines, eat fresh hay and shelter or remain to scrap for food in a salt marsh flat, risk sinking knee high in mud, and a high tide coming in, I think we all know the answer. If we really love horses we would do what is best for them and not for our own selfish idealism.

Exceptional fine art photography 10 years in the making of the landscape and wild horses of Cumberland Island by a celebrated and award-winning photographer, Anouk Masson Krantz

An insider's exploration of a remote getaway off the coast of Georgia (site of the wedding of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette) once owned by the Carnegies and now owned and operated by the National Park Service

A book focused on the world of wild horses, photography, island life, and capturing a past time in the modern day

A beautiful tome for collectors and design enthusiasts for its rich and awe-inspiring imagery with a narrative story to match

A longtime favorite getaway for America s most influential families, Cumberland Island, off the Atlantic coast of Georgia, offers breathtaking white-sand beaches, rolling dunes, old-growth oak forests, and salt marsh tidal estuaries. At the center of it all is a population of horses that has thrived, untouched for generations, within this serene sanctuary. In Wild Horses of Cumberland Island, photographer Anouk Masson Krantz has captured the dramatic scenery and majestic horses as they have never been seen before. Her images show the remarkable animals in their naturally diverse ecosystems. A lone horse on a distant beach; four creatures peacefully grazing; a shy animal peering over its shoulder from a brushy thicket - Krantz's portfolio, built over the last decade, is an intimate reflection not only of Cumberland Island's exceptional beauty and spirited horses, but of the history and the safekeeping that have allowed both to flourish.

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