What do the Defence Force, photography and horses have in common?
No, it’s not a trick question, the answer is Canberra photographer Grace Costa!
Grace has been there and done that when it comes to the world of photography.
Over the past 20 years she’s tried her hand at everything from selling cameras, taking commercial shots, working in print labs, and, perhaps most excitingly, she’s spent the past decade as a photographer for the Department of Defence.
“It has given me the most opportunities out of anything in my career,” Grace said of her job, which involves photographing military activity and high-profile events and people, including Queen Elizabeth II.
But, seeing other photographers pursue their passions and focus on the artistic side of the discipline, Grace realised she wanted to connect with her own personal story: horses.
Grace’s latest series is titled ‘HORSE’ and is a collection of beautiful horse portraits shot in the Yale Columbia Dome in Canberra.
“If anyone could do this type of work with horses it had to be me, because I know them and have a passion for them and I have the photography skills” Grace said.
Horses have always been a big part of Grace’s life. Her father was, and still is a, well-respected trainer in Canberra and Grace grew up riding and watching her father work.
Her bedroom was covered in horse pictures and paraphernalia, but even so, Grace had an undeniable talent for photography.
Her parents saw this and supported and encouraged her to follow her dream career.
Grace’s success has not come without challenges.
When she first had the idea for her HORSE series, she was advised not to focus on horses as it could limit her career choices.
“Sometimes people don’t understand your vision” Grace said.
But, after continuously coming back to them, she knew it was something she had to persist with, despite the difficulties that came with it.
“It’s so difficult photographing horses because they’re always moving, and it is so frustrating, every single time I often think ‘this is impossible!’” Grace said.
She finds having such a strong passion for the subject matter means she is always willing to do it, no matter how many hours it takes.
Grace worked on HORSE in secrecy until it was ready to be officially launched at the Nishi Gallery in Canberra.
Afterwards it was accepted into the prestigious International Photography Festival ‘Head On’ in Sydney.
It has two more upcoming appearances later in the year at the World Polo Championships in Sydney and in Queensland’s Logan Gallery ‘Pony Land’ exhibition.
To see more of Grace’s work, book her photography services or if you are interested in Grace’s tutoring sessions visit http://www.gracecosta.com