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Extraordinary Horses in Extraordinary Settings: Photographer Dorte Tuladhar

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Just as horses have a transformative power over people, Dorte Tuladhar’s art has a transformative power over horses. Her work has an almost ethereal quality which suggests the spirit of the animal exudes far beyond its physical boundaries.

Tuladhar’s internationally acclaimed equine photography springs from her strong dedication and passion for horses. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuladhar enjoys riding in her native country between traveling the globe to capture images shown in highly prestigious international magazines where she collaborates with luxury equestrian brands. In her travels she has captured not only stunning images of horses but of the beautiful locations they inhabit.

Dorte comments, “Ever since I was a kid I have been with horses and still ride regularly. Being with horses gives me a true calmness and inner peace and fulfills me with renewed energy.   Horses represent absolute freedom. Many of my journeys have allowed me to experience this in different countries such as Mexico, Ireland, Dubai, and Shanghai just to mentioned a few.”

You can only imagine her frequent flyer miles to have visited so many amazing destinations. When asked for the ones which made the biggest impression she says, “Two places stand out very much for me: One is Meydan in Dubai. The architecture itself is really unique. From the hotel room you will have a beautiful view of the best race course and you can enjoy the world’s richest race – the Dubai World Cup. The ceiling in the grand stand shows a horse head. Not many know that. Another place that has impressed me is Selman-Marrakech in Morocco. The beautiful Arabian horses that are part of the hotel enjoy one of the most beautiful stables I have ever seen.”

Naked Stables in Shanghai

Her work is also exhibited at the naked Stables, a luxury resort near Shanghai surrounded by a breathtaking bamboo forest. She comments, “It’s a great place to regain balance with fantastic rides in the mountains.” The resort balances 5-star luxury with eco-friendliness. “It is an exclusive resort in a protected nature reserve,” Tuladhar explains, “There are luxury accommodation with super cool environmental interior design in spacious tree top villas or single bedroom tree huts spread across a broad, secluded valley in the foothills of the forest mountains. Access is only by foot or electric buggy so no motor vehicles are permitted inside naked Stables.”

She adds, “As many of my jobs are related to luxury and horses, naked Stables was a natural destination for me. And especially also interesting since China has an increasing interest in the sport and lifestyle.”

Of the naked Horse exhibit she notes, “The horse is the pure naked creature imbued with a sense of profound serenity. Exactly this purity combined with the outstanding nature of Moganshan is what I want to convey with this exhibition. It has enabled me to create an atmosphere with exquisite colors and details recognized in the horse and the nature abound naked Stables.”

The world traveler is well versed in different cultures and languages, yet photography is the common thread through all. She explains, “As a Danish citizen I speak Danish and understand the Nordic languages. Germany is on the border to Denmark so I also learned this in school. Living and travelling so much with my job, speaking English is vital. Photos very much speaks for themselves and are understood by all cultures so I guess you can call it a universal language.”

Galloping Ahead

Dorte has certainly found her groove and plans to stay in it. “Many people are amazed by my relatively narrow focus on equestrian photography – both lifestyle and more artistic,” she says, “But it is here where my energy, motivation and passion lies which automatically leads to really good results.”

So what is next for this prolific artist? “I am currently working on two exhibitions – one in Bahrain later this year on Bahraini Horses and an exhibition on polo horses near Beijing,” she says, “And between I also have a project with the very special legendary breed, the Akhal-Teke horses.” Magic moments yet to come.

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