Young Djaguar one morning waiting for his breakfast. This was a lucky shot - as in lucky I got there in time to take it.
I knew the young fillies were about to come charging up the lane way into the stable area in the not too distant future, so I raced into the house to get my camera. Could not find it anywhere - dam - I sent it away to be serviced! Luckily, I have a second older body for emergencies so found it, put the first longish lens on that came to hand (200mm zoom) .
Ran out and they were already on the run, with Djaguar excitedly running along his side of the fence. Lifted the camera to my eye, it made its autofocussing noise but nothing I could see was in focus. Wah! Just keep shooting and hoping, no time to think, maybe a miracle will happen. And it kind of did. On the eye piece of the camera is a little wheel to adjust the viewfinder for your eye. Somehow this had got moved so it wasn't in fact the image that was out of focus but that my view was. What was in the camera was OK. With the hurry I was in all the finer points of light and composition went sailing out over the tree tops, but at least I had my handsome lad doing something more than eating.
I did my initial edit in Lightroom, then took the image to Photoshop for some more tweaking.
After creating the black and white version, I added a few adjustments and several texture layers and then added the painterly effects I was after to get the final image as seen at the top.
I am passionate about bringing to life the power and the beauty, the gentleness and the strength, the presence and physical embodiment, the grounding, that I find and experience with horses in a way that you can connect to through my art. I want to speak to that little girl that used to be pony mad but grew up and has a "real job' now. That wears high heels to work and is perfectly groomed but still has an inner hankering to feel smooth coat under her hands and breath in the hot earthy smell of them and not worry about the dirt under her nails. To the person whose breath is taken away when the see a horse galloping in the distance, that stops talking in the car as they pass a paddock with a few scruffy ponies in it. And I want to do it in my way. Not just through a perfectly executed photograph, tack sharp, perfect lighting, wonderful pose or angle. There as so many brilliant photographers out there doing that, many are my friends and teachers. I cannot paint with paint, but I can paint with pixels. Sometimes the form of the horse almost (completely) disappears but its essence is in the image. And I want to do it in accessible ways, practical ways. Not just an image to hang on your wall, but something that you can carry with you, be part of your daily life, that you can take out and find escape in when you need to.