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KIAHF - Katara International Arabian Horse Festival
KIAHF - Katara International Arabian Horse Festival
Ewa Imielska-Hebda

Photographer

Ewa Imielska-Hebda

It seems that my fascination for horses is genetic. My great grandfather bred horses and because of it my grandfather was in love with horses since his childhood, He joined uhlan and fought in the Polish – Russian war in 1920. These animals attracted my attention always and everywhere – from warmblood steed to typical draft horse. So when I received my first very simple foto camera from my parents I’ve started my search for this beloved photographic object which was a horse – what was not so easy in big city. I‘ve started fotographing almost every animal I’ve seen – my dogs, cats also sunrises, sundawns, various plants and flowers.

After some time I sent my photographs to monthly youth magazine for photo competition. The direct effect of this was the prize for gaining the first place and after some time the next prize, this time for taking second place. When finaly I was able to use my fathers Zenit camera, he explained me how a shutter and screen works and so I went to take more pictures. In this time I’ve started to go to Mrs. Reder’s horse camps. She taught me the rules of stable and how to ride a horse properly. On this camps I’ve really started to learn how to photograph horses. But since I was participating in this camps only on holidays, my contact with horses was very limited.

Soon came the time for an important decision – studies. After passing the exams for zootechnic in Warsaw and horse management in Lublin I’ve chosen Lublin. At beginning of my studies I’ve started riding in MKJ Cwał in Radom so after short time I joined the mambers of this club and because I had a good foto camera (Canon) all horses were good photographed. After year and a half I came to Mr. Andrew Wójtowicz’s stable in Belżyce. And here my dreams became reality – dreams of intercourse with arabian horses: every day I had five hours of riding and after that I could sit the rest of the day in the company of horses. Two years spent in Belżyce gave me an opportunity see the horses throught: race training with arabian and Thoroughbred horses, mares in foal, foals, young horses. Here I also had undoubted pleasure of being a main rider of fenomenal mare – Savvannah at the time of first season in her racing career. I’ve visited important places of arabians breeding for example: SK Janów Podlaski, SO Białka and regularly Sluzewiec of course. Next year I’ve spent in Mr. Redestowicz’s stable in Radom. In each one of this places I’ve used kilometers of negatives and discovered the secrets of proper horse silhouette photography. I used this amount of material to make my foto exhibitions – three indyvidual (Migaweczka gallery, Radom Town Hall and AR Lublin) and one collective exhibition (Homeless Gallery in Lublin). Two of my pictures appeared in monthly horse magazine „Koń Polski”.

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