‘Pilgrim’, 2015 colour Biro drawing. Sadly Pilgrim is no longer with us, he passed away during a life-saving operation at just a year old.
His kind owner Heidi Carr had agreed to my photographing Pilgrim a few days after his birth and throughout his life in order to capture each stage of his journey and incorporate his image in a new body of work, continuing the exploration of War and its impact on people and animals. Pilgrim was to feature in a drawing remembering the causatum for horses and livestock during war. Between us we have many photographs of Pilgrim so he will continue to shine brightly in a future drawing ‘The Road Through France’. Heidi wished for a drawing of Pilgrim as a yearling, as she remembered him. I retained the flecks of hay sprinkled on Pilgrim’s forelock as they looked like little stars. ‘Pilgrim’ attempts to capture the gentle, sweet-natured young horse who touched so many.
I have always thought that horses look sad. You picture sort of confirms this. There is something sad about his expression; but as always, the detail is incredible, and it is a lovely memento for his owner.
Best wishes from Norfolk. Pete. x
Thank you Pete, yes I understand what you mean, maybe it’s because they are so serene.