TOPSHAM — Rated one of the top 10 horse photographers in the world in 2016 by Top Tenny, Helen Peppe will present a slide show Thursday, March 15, at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, as part of the First Light Camera Club program series.

Sponsored by First Light Camera Club, it will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendance is free for club members; $10 for others.

Peppe lives on her farm in Buxton with two dogs, eight horses, one donkey and six guinea hens. She is the author of the award-winning memoir “Pigs Can’s Swim.”

Peppe has lived and worked around horses her entire life. The first horse was a thoroughbred stallion, Donny, owned by her family.

“So much about horse photography is understanding horse behavior,” Peppe said. “Their eyes tell you everything.”

Photographing horses is not without challenges: ticks, tick diseases that can kill you, “snakes that can scare the joy of nature right out of you,” the occasional charging stallion, the protective teeth-bared brood mare are some of them, she said.

She’s been treated for Lyme disease four times. Despite that, she said what the loves about her job is “absolutely everything!”

First Light Camera Club’s other programs are: Photographing Winter Flowers, Dick Tarr, March 8; Considering the Technical and Spiritual Aspects of Photography, Jack Montgomery, March 22; Digital Critique, Mike Leonard, March 29; and Photographing Wildlife, Mike and Linda Cullivan, April 19.

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Helen Peppe photo

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