SECOND PLACE-"Shiloh" by Victory Tischler-Blue.
L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' SECOND PLACE-"Shiloh" by Victory Tischler-Blue. (Click on image for larger view)
SHILOH by Victory Tischler-Blue
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Curator Jody Miller says, "Second place is "Shiloh" by Victory Tischler-Blue. A sharp, striking and emotional portrait of this lovely animal, conveying the peace it gives the viewer."

Victory Tischler-Blue says, "For the last 10 years, I’ve photographed a herd of wild Spanish Mustangs in the Nevada desert - about an hour north of the Las Vegas Strip. Over the years, I became very familiar with the herd and eventually came to “know” the individual family bands within the herd.

On any typical shoot day, I would drive in from Palm Springs, park on the side of the road and just start walking into the desert. Before I knew it, I’d be joined by a handful of Mustangs who would wander with me all day in absolute silence while I’d photograph them. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by these quiet, gentle giants who seemed to have an abundance of natural curiosity in me, as well as a heart/soul connect with each other.

These horses will probably never understand the depth of the gift they gave me, but I remain forever grateful to them for allowing me access into their realm." 

Victory Tischler-Blue is a motion picture producer/director and fine art photographer whose dark, single-frame tableaux evokes a deep sense of melancholy, tension and cinematic drama.

"I'm always drawn to the outliers," Tischler-Blue says. "For me, photography is all about intimacy and the element of surprise. There's a magic that comes along with things not planned and staying open to that leaves a lot of space for the unscripted to manifest."

A former member of the iconic '70s all-girl rock band the Runaways, Tischler-Blue often casts outliers and those who, through their own sense of self or the judgments of others, find themselves straddling their own personal edge.

"There's always a minor chord running through my productions - whether it's a motion picture project or a still image," she says. "Everyone has a story - some are just darker than others..."

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Victory Tischler-Blue currently divides her time between homes in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach and Palm Springs, California.