Our local horse woman, Julie Robins, of the Aiken Horsemanship Academy here is entered into the Retired Racehorse Project for 2017. Her RRP horse just arrived and his named is Party Barn! He is magnificent, as well as HUGE! WOW! She is definitely going to have a lot of fun working with him to turn him into the perfect partner. You can read about the project here: https://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/
Party Barn, (now, P.B) is a retired racehorse from Darley. Here is a link https://www.darleyamerica.com/about-us/introduction
P.B. is also a great grandson of Seattle Slew! WOW! I was pretty psyched to meet this boy. He definitely is still growing, and a sweetheart. He seemed to love my camera and lens. He also seemed to like the taste of champagne! It can only get better for the next nine months of training before the competition! I am very excited to follow this amazing team and their progress! Enjoy!
This is Freckles, the pony! What a handsome guy he was. I liked how the black and white enhanced his markings and the dog print on the little girls shirt. I liked how his one eye was on her, and his other eye was on me! Or, so it seemed! ;) I had never met a "Freckles" before, and I am glad that I did. He made my day.
This guy went through some turmoil before this photograph was taken.. I believe he had been hospitalized with colic for over a week. He truly is a stunning boy. I love the highlights of the red in his mane that match the rust glow of his eye. The white twisted mark on his forehead seem to be two thumbprints from God. His demeanor screams "I am not paying any attention to you!" Notice how his lashes are half closed over his eye?
Peripheral vision. Seeing, but pretending not to. I loved capturing his inner heart and soul.
To me, there isn't anything better than capturing unique beauty in the camera lens. Unique, being this young girl is still not aware of her flawless perfection. Her radiant glow.
There is no vanity here. She is not aware of her outer self. I believe her soul is as pure as her flesh.
She was waiting for her time to dance for the crowd that had gathered. I am wondering what she was thinking. I think, that she was feeling a bit nervous. Her shyness would have to be put aside.
Her soul would soon be exposed through her body, in dance.
I have had some fun editing and tweaking this image of this beautiful mare with the mark of a heart on her forehead. If you saw the post (two ago) you may recognize her. The previous post is in black and white. True to my black and white past, I believe it is my favorite version. But, you know, I am all about the "eyes." With the colored version, you can see into her eyes, or her soul. So, I am conflicted of which one is my favorite.
I am also conflicted about the whole "let's BLACK out the entire background of the horse/dog/animal." In the past few years this has been the rage. Although I do think it makes the animal POP out into your vision, I still like the photograph that tells a story.
1. Why is this horse yawning?
2. Why is she staring at the photographer?
3. What kind of day was it outside?
4. What is in the background that the photog deleted out?
5. Is this photograph interesting?
6. Does this photograph tell me a story?
Inquiring minds want to know. I want to know. So, you won't see too many of these in my portfolio. But, it is fun to be an artist by using the computer.
I still want to perfect my vision. My "artistic" eye as you say. I want to look at the world around me and see. Tell a story. Capture the moment in time of a memory that will cease to exist. But, that's just me.
Me, Laurie. Hi there...
p.s. The horse was upset and worried. This was the reason for the "yawn." Not that she was tired. There was a visiting trainer that had some unusual tactics that this girl didn't wish to partake in. Now, for the rest of the story....
~ and now I see ~