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Wild stallion grazing the dunes of Cumberland

Photographer David Wright has wintered on the coast of Georgia for the last twenty years after traveling the world each year shooting for clients that include National Geographic, PBS and the BBC. This focus of this work has become Cumberland Island, where David returns to carry out his personal work as a landscape and wildlife photographer. It is one of the most beautiful islands in the United States, the idyllic hideaway for American royalty, as well as the majestic wild horses and native wildlife.


The horses are thought to date back to the Spanish occupation of these barrier islands, during the second half of the 16th century. They are just a small part of the rich cultural heritage of Cumberland which reaches back far beyond European settlement and starting with Timucua tribe. The island saw battles between the British and Spanish in the late 1600's, huge land clearings as plantations were established and maintained by thousands of slaves, the Civil War, to becoming the home of iconic families such as the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Candlers. Many of the homes of these families still grace the island, Dungeness, Plum Orchard, Stafford and Greyfield. The portfolio honors this history, especially the earliest native peoples and the slaves brought to South East Georgia to help grown cotton, indigo and rice, a dark part of American history that we should never forget.

To visit the gallery, click on any on these photographs or go THE CUMBERLAND ISLAND PORTFOLIO

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