Horse Series, is an abstract collection of photographs featuring high performance horses. The images seek to capture the essence of the horse while concentrating primarily on the simplicity of detail and line. By highlighting the dueling natures of the horse: beauty and power, the photographs explore the harmony and strength found in their complementary opposites.
The symbolic depiction of the horse in art throughout history stirs an arresting sentiment within us, an intoxicating combination of romance, and bravery - humbling power and spirit married with grace and obedience. Lamarca's photographs capture both sides of the horses essential nature, each image imbued with palpable tranquility despite the excitement, kicked up grass, a swish of a tail, the contracted muscles of a rearing horse, viewed up-close through tight crops in lucid detail.
Inspired by influential thought leader Friedrich Nietzsche and abstract painter Piet Mondrian, Lamarca's photographs encompass a unique combination of their most prominent theories. In his writing, Nietzsche contemplates the notion that at the root of every great artistic creation is the representation of two coexisting opposing impulses. Parallels can be drawn between the innate dynamism of the horse and the duality of the Apollonian and the Dionysian.
The great tragedies of ancient Greece, which Nietzsche deems the pinnacle of human artistic expression, this polarity is embodied in the "primordial unity" between gods Apollo (the god of light, rational thinking, order, and logic) and Dionysus (irrationality, chaos, emotions and instincts). Nietzsche concludes that all great artistic creations expose the depths that lie beneath our rational surface through the exploration of these two opposing natures. Similarly, horses embody a complex interplay between contrasting notions of threatening power and serene beauty.
Piet Mondrian proposed that beauty is based on a relationship between complementaries and balanced forces are the purest representation of harmony and unity; by simplifying subjects to their most essential elements, works of art become representations of the universe in eternal tension. In the footsteps of Mondrian, Lamarca utilizes the simplicity of abstraction to complement the horse’s natural beauty and as a philosophical vehicle to explore the underlying structures of the world.
Lamarca's photographs are rendered abstract through tight crops and play of light, seeking to represent only what is most essential in order to convey that which is indefinable yet universal. Each photograph examines unexpected details: the sculpted contours of a muscular neck, meticulously platted manes, and shimmering dappled coats. The large-scale photographs bring every detail to the foreground and inform the technical elements of Lamarca's creative process. From choice of equipment, to lighting and camera lens, the entire production is designed to achieve the highest quality image. The production of each shoot is carefully planned in order to allow for spontaneity. Frequently the best photos derive from the natural, impromptu gestures of these spirited animals - the reaching around to scratch a hind leg with their teeth, rearing up in contest of a bath - Lamarca must be ready to capture every moment.
Lamarca's horse series has already received multiple industry awards including the distinguished international photography award in fine art, the 1x photo award for still life in sweden, and the i shot it leica mark of excellence award in england. additionally, some photographs from horse series has been selected to be published in different books in england the the united states.