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Warm Springs photographer captures artistic shots of horses, animals in the wild, native dancers.

HOLLY GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Heath displays a photo, where a speck of dust created at light bubble around a flower.Less than a year after his first exhibit at the Art Adventure Gallery, Edward Heath, of Warm Springs, has returned with 43 new photographs.

At Heath's opening July 6, parking was scarce around the gallery, as so many community members turned out to see his new exhibit, which includes a wide variety of photos, featuring horses and other animals, landscapes, Native American dancing and rodeos, among other subjects.

Heath, 43, who works for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, as a forest technician, took up photography about three years ago. "I wanted a hobby, and it turned out to be pretty decent," he said.

Taking advantage of a speck of dirt on his lens, Heath discovered the unusual effects he could create with an ultraviolet filter. In some photos, Heath managed to use the speck to surround the object of the photo with kind of a bubble of light.

Heath, who is self-taught through trial and error, uses a Canon 6D camera and a 400mm lens to capture his subjects. Even though he's only been shooting photos for the past few years, he's already mastered photos of starry nights, fireworks, eagles in flight, and animals, such as bears and wild horses, in their natural settings.

"I think he truly is present when he captures a moment, and he allows us the opportunity to pay attention to things we may take for granted, or worse, not even notice: light, weather, wildlife," said Coralee Popp, gallery director. "He allows us to celebrate things that surround us.  And whether he sees it in the moment the shutter releases, I appreciate the humor he captures with his titles."

Raised on the Warm Springs Reservation, Heath grew up on the Heath cattle ranch in the South Junction area. His parents are Catherine Watah and the late Sanders Heath.

Edward Heath chose to live with his uncle, Delvis Heath, in the Simnasho area during his teenage years, in order to be around race horses. "I used to get up early to exercise, feed and tend to them, before catching the bus at 6 to be in school in Madras at 8," he said.

His love of horses is reflected in many of his photos, which include rodeos and races.

"Summer months allowed us time to travel the horse race circuit, where I was able to work as a groom," he said. "It was a good job for a teenager."

Heath and his partner, Heather Alford, met at Madras High School, and have been together since 1994. They have two sons, Dylan Heath, 14, and Hayden Heath, 12, and stepdaughter, Krysten, 24, and a granddaughter, Kiera Saldana.

A 1992 graduate of Madras High School, Heath also attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem for two years.

The exhibit will be on display through July. Art Adventure Gallery, at 185 SW Fifth St., in Madras, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., from June through December.

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