A mare in the Challis wild horse herd at Return to Freedom kept following me. I hoped to touch her but knew not to approach. So I put out my hand and she promptly pushed her nose right on it.  Happy happy!

It all started with 100 cigar bands


About 4 decades ago, my Dad smoked cigars. And if you collected them, you could get all kinds of prizes with them. So I collected 100 of them to get a brand new 110 film camera.  If you are unfamiliar with these, they were very tiny, cheap, and produced poor quality photographs.

I could not have been happier!

I was amazed at what you could say simply by framing what you see.

Many years, many cameras, many trials and errors later, I have not been able to shake this passion. After years of taking images of things that have not moved for centuries, I became drawn to wild horses and their plight.....and their movement!  I hope to convey emotion in the images of these majestic and powerful beings. (All the wild horses on this site are at Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary and Preservation in southern California.)

And, yes, I still make photographs of things that don't move, too.




Norma J. Fries


San Jose, California