Unbridled Connection

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Unbridled Connection

April 18April 28

Kimberley-based equine photographer Jenny Rae Bateman captures the beauty of free-spirited horses and the genuine connection between horse and rider. She does so in the wilderness, at rodeos, clinics, and during intimate portraits of the Western lifestyle. Jenny is excited to announce her upcoming solo art exhibit “Unbridled Connection”, open to inspire visitors at Art Gallery Kimberley in BC’s Best Small Town from April 18 – 28, 2024.

Growing up as an only child in Westbank, BC, Jenny stumbled upon a guest ranch where she found a welcoming community of horse enthusiasts. It was here she learned to groom, tack and ride horses—an experience that started her passion for horses and the Western lifestyle.

Drawing inspiration from the dynamic energy of horses and equine photographers like Katarzyna Okrzesik and Christopher “Click” Thompson, Jenny’s photography captures both the untamed beauty of wild horses and the harsh realities they face while surviving beyond fences. Her work also provides a glimpse into the lives of hard-working, down-to-earth, big-hearted individuals—a lifestyle characterised by its resilience and grit.

“I was intrigued by photography after witnessing my father capturing black & white photos of our family and developing his own film in the basement of our home”, Jenny reflects. However, it was Jenny’s husband, himself a skilled photographer, who encouraged her to pursue photography professionally. Primarily self-taught, Jenny has expanded her knowledge through online courses and the mentorship of individuals like her husband and Julie Anne Davies, whose genuine and kind approach and skills continue to inspire Jenny.

Jenny believes horses have an innate ability to discern a person’s character, forming a connection with those who approach them with respect and sincerity. She explains, “You get from a horse what you are willing to give and I respect that. Once a horse has determined your character and intentions, it is able to consent to working with you. Horses have a calming effect, their souls are pure and their beauty is magnificent. I am in awe of their strength and willingness to work with humans.” For Jenny, photography is more than just shooting images; it’s about storytelling, evoking emotions, and making connections.

Despite the challenges of the weather and the unpredictable nature of horses, Jenny finds joy in the remoteness of the backcountry. She describes the feeling as “being between somewhere and nowhere”, sitting down in the dirt, observing the behaviour of these elegant creatures. Whether in the peace and quiet of the backcountry or the hustle and bustle of the rodeo grounds, Jenny enjoys the immersive experience, searching for the essence of each moment.

Beyond publications such as in LENS Magazine and a column in a woman’s online Moto magazine in Australia, as well as being chosen to travel with Wild Women Expeditions to photograph the ladies’ adventures, Jenny’s career highlights are the personal connections made through her photography. The impact her photos have on people, bringing out cherished memories and emotions, shows the power of photography.

Please join us at Art Gallery Kimberley between April 18 – 28, 2024. Jenny’s exhibit welcomes visitors from Thursday through Sunday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and from Monday to Wednesday by appointment. Come experience the inspiring beauty and authentic stories captured through Jenny’s lens.


167 Deer Park Avenue, Kimberley, BC, V1A 2J5
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