Photographer Drew Doggett’s New Book Reveals Sable Island’s Wild and Legendary Horses


“Wild, The Legendary Horses of Sable Island” by world renowned photographer Drew Doggett. Photo by Drew Doggett

A new book titled “Wild: The Legendary Horses of Sable Island” by world renowned photographer Drew Doggett is a feast for the eyes with 110 breathtaking Quadtone photographs of the wild horses that live on Sable Island, an expanse of secluded land nestled in the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia. Award-winning photographer and art director Drew Doggett has featured artwork in publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural summary, Photographer magazine, Professional photographer magazine, and Out.

The limited edition of Wild, the legendary horses of Sable Island is seen here
A limited edition of the book (seen here) is also available for purchase for $ 375 and includes an 8 “x 12” archival pigment print. Photo by Drew Doggett

Sable Island is a small spit of sand and rock without trees that measures 13 square miles. A national park, it is located nearly 200 miles from the Canadian coast, east of Nova Scotia. Commonly referred to as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” Sable Island’s difficult-to-navigate coastline and heavy fog have been the catalyst for more than 350 shipwrecks, some of which are still visible, weather permitting. Due to the harsh weather conditions, it can take days or weeks to get to and from the island, and a weather station houses a handful of researchers and members of the Canadian Coast Guard. The number of visitors allowed to the island is limited to just 50 per year.

The wild horses of Sable Island are wild and have not been subjected to any human intervention.
The 550 horses that live on Sable Island are the descendants of abandoned horses over 300 years ago. They are completely wild and natural and have not undergone any human intervention. Photo by Drew Doggett

The 550 horses that live on Sable Island are the descendants of abandoned horses over 300 years ago. Not resembling domesticated horses, this breed has a long mane, tail, and bushy forelocks that resemble dreadlocks. They are completely wild and natural and have not undergone any human intervention. The horses survive on the island’s natural grasses and fresh water reached by digging in the sand.

Doggett flew to Sable Island and landed on the beach because there is no runway. He has spent a total of 70 days on the island in nine years photographing horses. Doggett worked directly with Parks Canada on this unique opportunity to survey the island by drone, resulting in the first aerial footage of its kind. As a result, Doggett has created one of the most comprehensive picture and film collections of the island and the horses that live there.

The wild and legendary horses of Sable Island
The 550 horses that live on Sable Island are the descendants of abandoned horses over 300 years ago. Photo by Drew Doggett

The photographs featured in this large-format coffee-table-sized book are part of Doggett’s series of iconic prints, Discovering the Horses of Sable Island and Spirit of Sable, which were captured between 2012 and 2019. His short Feature on the island, titled “Fortress of Resistance” was chosen for the Big Sur International Film Festival and the PBS Online Film Festival. Doggett’s photographic work is highly prized and can be found at institutions such as the Smithsonian African Art Museum in Washington, DC and the Mariners’ Museum in Virginia.

It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to spend time on Sable Island, says Doggett. “I have always been fascinated by horses as symbols of courage and strength,” he explains. “They became a muse to me in a way. And while I was researching wild horse populations, the Sable Island horses caught my attention and I knew I had to spend a lot of time there.

Drew Doggett holding his new book "Wild, the legendary horses of Sable Island
Blown by the windAppears on the cover of the book. The photo is extremely symbolic of Sable Island and the arduous life of the wild horses that live there, Doggett says. Photo by Carrie Coolidge

Blown by the wind, featured on the cover, is Doggett’s favorite photograph in the book. This is a close-up of the head of a Sable Island horse with its long, thick mane and forelock covering most of its face. “It’s one of my favorites because for me it’s extremely symbolic of Sable Island and the hard life they live there,” he says. “It shows the elegance and the harsh realities of life in one photograph. For me, this photograph is emblematic of Sable Island.

Meticulously designed in-house and printed in the United States, the book contains a foreword written by English primatologist Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, the renowned global community conservation organization.

The wild horses of Sable Island
The book is a triumph of artistry, tenacity and a passionate vision of the love of nature, says Jane Goodall. Photo by Drew Doggett

“The magnificent photographs (from the book) illustrate the remarkable and unlikely story of the endurance and survival of a group of extraordinary animals,” Goodall writes in the foreword. “With its relentless winds, Sable Island is a remarkable place and one of the last expanses of wildlife in our lifetime. As I turned the pages, one after the other, it was as if Drew walked me through this wild place and introduced me to the horses, so that I too became captivated by their vitality and their beauty.

“This book is a lasting testimony to a very special group of horses who learned to live as truly wild beings … and it is this indomitable spirit that is immortalized in these photographs,” writes Goodall. The book is a triumph of artistry, tenacity and a passionate vision of loving nature, she adds.

The limited edition of Wild, the legendary horses of Sable Island is seen here.
Limited and signed editions of the book are also available and include an 8 “x 12” archival pigment print. Photo by Drew Doggett

“Wild” costs $ 95.00 and can be purchased on Amazon and at www.drewdoggett.com. A limited edition of the book is also available for purchase for $ 375 and includes an 8 “x 12” archival pigment print. Doggett prints are also available for purchase at www.drewdoggett.com. The price of works of art is between $ 1,250 and $ 7,000 unframed and between $ 2,060 and $ 15,370 framed.

To see the entire Doggett art print series, including his additional horse work, and to watch the accompanying shorts, visit www.drewdoggett.com.

Carrie Coolidge

Carrie Coolidge is the co-editor of Pursuitist and is based in Manhattan. From 2009 to 2011, Carrie was co-editor of Luxist, AOL’s luxury lifestyle website, where she conducted the Luxist Awards, a program that honored the best in the art of living. From 1996 to 2009, Carrie was an editor at Forbes magazine, where she was a member of the billionaire’s research team, in addition to covering real estate, personal finance, and the insurance industry, among others. Carrie is also the author of six books, including “The Closet Entrepreneur”. Follow her on Twitter: @carriecoolidge



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