Bristol Mac Donald
Fine Art Equine Photographer
With a background in photojournalism, Bristol has dedicated more than a decade of her life to
documenting the spirit of the American Wild Horse. Her unique and captivating imagery has
coveted multiple awards, international attention and highly successful gallery exhibits.
“I am driven by passion and by a devotion to tell the story of the plight of the American Wild
Horse. I have made it a priority in my life and my art to educate and enlighten the public and
Once an American legend, a living symbol of freedom, the American Wild Horse is now in
jeopardy of becoming extinct in a land it helped revolutionize. As a nation we have done little
to extend either stewardship or respect for these noble animals. Instead, we have herded them,
broken them, abused and slaughtered them. And now we are at risk of losing them forever!
Bristol has traveled across the country observing and photographing wild horse bands in their
natural habitat, but it is Return to Freedom ~ American Wild Horse Preservation and Sanctuary
that captured her heart and inspired Bristol’s passion for this cause.
Return to Freedom is a non-profit wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo.
Located in Lompoc, California, it is safe haven to approximately 400 wild horses. The sanctuary
is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses through
sanctuary, education and conservation.
“It is my greatest desire that my art touch the human spirit and encourage Americans to speak out
on behalf of wild horses across the nation. We need to be their voice.”
Bristol’s unswerving commitment to the expressive and artistic sensibilities of these
magnificent creatures is what led to the creation of her collection “Unbridled Souls ~ Portrait of
the American Wild Horse”, an ongoing and evolving photographic project.
None of the images in this collection have been digitally manipulated. They record what the artist
saw through the lens of the camera. These are silver gelatin, archival, vintage prints (from film
negative) printed in a traditional darkroom. They are handcrafted, not machine processed.
Celluloid, fiber based paper and sepia tones are used to create dynamic and powerful works of art.
Each print is embossed and signed on verso by the artist. This is a limited edition series.