I recently discovered photographer David Beckerman, a New York-centric lensman.
I should admit upfront that when it comes to interpreting visual art, my brain arrives late to catch the short bus, trips on the stairs and drools on the driver. Regardless, one of Beckerman’s photos hit me like a
long bus truck.
I like things that make sense.
I think that my strongest personal attributes are my universally unwavering neutral perspective and my innate understanding of evolution as it applies to almost any arena. Meaning, an argument could be made that I’m a little cold-hearted. Survival of the fittest and whatnot.
In a rare occurance, I was emotionally affected by this photograph.
I saw this as an image in which an historically free-spirited species is literally hanging its head among the weight of commercialism, domination and shame in all respects of these words. Reigns and a bit, decorative leather straps and chains, blinders, a strap-on wagon, walking on concrete with horseshoes… slipping.
This led me to wonder, “Are there any wild horses remaining on planet Earth?”
After a fairly thorough investigation, it is concluded that…
…wait for it…
NO! There are ZERO wild horses left on this planet.
Every single horse on planet Earth is domesticated or is the offspring of a domesticated horse.
Maybe this is common knowledge but it really affected me when I fully realized it. I guess it’s one of those concepts in which the return is equally proportionate to the investment, thought-wise.
Due to hunting and habitat destruction, the last known wild horses were domesticated or killed in Mongolia in the 1960’s. Since then, offspring of captured horses have been reintroduced to the wild in Mongolia.
Horses have “monocular” vision. Each eye sees a separate image. They can watch two entirely different things at the same time. Horses have nearly a complete 360 degree view. The only two places a horse can’t see are directly under its head and directly behind itself. If you ever need to sneak up on a horse, which we all do from time to time, do it quietly from behind. Do not walk up directly behind a horse and scream, it will hurt you.
Horsepower, here’s how it works. One unit of horsepower is equal to the ability to lift a 100lb. weight at the rate of 330 feet per minute. In a rough translation, picture yourself standing atop a 30-story building pulling up a rope that has my girlfriend tied to the other end. Pull her all the way up in one minute. That is one horsepower.