Nash began experimenting with photography in 1930 and continued to use it regularly until his death in 1946. He sometimes worked from photographs when painting, instead of spending long periods outdoors. He was also interested in the photographs as works of art in their own right. Nash's interest in the camera lay in its ability to reveal formal beauty in nature that otherwise might remain hidden. As with his painting, he was drawn to sites with folkloric or mythological associations. He felt that the White Horse was a 'triumphant fusion of natural and artificial design'.