Drew Doggett: The Spirit of Sable

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Drew Doggett’s latest release, the Spirit of Sable collection, represents over 7 years of continued documentation and collaboration with the Parks department. These 10 prints encompass the island’s wild nature and romantic appeal, and include the only fine art prints documenting the Sable Island horses via drone.

(Charleston, SC – October 11, 2019) Drew Doggett has criss-crossed the world in search of extraordinary stories, but no subject has ever captivated him as much as the Sable Island horses have. Throughout his multiple trips during different times of the year, Drew has created the definitive and most comprehensive look at this microcosm of life. Measuring in at 26 miles long and less than a mile wide, nestled in the Atlantic Ocean and only accessible
by small plane and permission from the Park’s authorities, Sable Island is wholly unique. The resilient, all wild horses who thrive on the island are, in fact, the only terrestrial residents. While man has tried to conquer Sable and claim it as its own, these attempts have never been successful and only the horses have managed to sustain life there.

The ‘Spirit of Sable’ collection gathers the unbroken essence of Sable Island into 10 prints available in a special limited edition of 100. The wild and untamed spirit of these horses are their biggest allure, and being there is an explorer’s dream. It has captivated many artists,poets, and writers for decades and it has been Drew’s mission to create a portal to the horses through his work as he has had unprecedented access to Sable for the last 7 years.

The ability to film the island via drone was an aspiration of Drew’s that was realized after a close collaboration with the Canadian Parks department. Says Drew, “Soaring high above the island, you begin to notice how precarious the balance of life is on Sable. As I watched the horses run freely over the island’s slight 13 square miles, I thought about how this angle
provided a much needed – and never before established – view of a place blurring the line between the possible and the impossible. Seeing the horses and the land from this angle was nothing less than extraordinary and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you as the first artist to do so.”

The Parks Department will also be using this footage to help with their ongoing efforts to educate the public on Sable Island and its famous wild equestrian community.

Photographer & filmmaker Drew Doggett tells extraordinary stories of diverse cultures and communities through a fashion-inspired lens. Through both intimate and expansive perspectives, he reveals his subjects in vivid detail. His photographic work can be found in private and public collections globally, notably the Smithsonian African Art Museum (DC) & the Mariners’ Museum (VA), and he has received over 90 awards and honors for his images including a distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. He has also been featured in many publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Photographer Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, and Outside Magazine. He has partnered with brands like Hasselblad and Leica. His short films have received critical attention, notably at the Big Sur International Film Festival and the PBS Online Film Festival.

Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug


Therese is the editor of Equilife, and is truly dedicated to equestrian sports and horses. She started riding as a little girl, and enjoys her free time with her two horses back home. Portrait interview is her favorite topic, as it has the gift to inspire others through peoples stories, knowledge, training and general life-philosophy, and certainly, their lives with horses.

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