Yesterday I went along to photograph at Kings Equestrian Centre for their postponed Christmas Show. As the snow has only just melted round here, the turnout was not huge but those there had fun and some good jumping, despite the thick fog which was evident indoors too. The photos for this event are now available in the Shop.
Tom with his father’s shotgun and an over large shooting jacket waits with Cobble, his partner in crime, for a lift home with his bounty of a brace of pheasant. It is the shooting season now and I decided to capture Tom showing more of a lifestyle image than a standard studio portrait. Thank you Tom for your patience out in the cold and also to Cobble for his reluctant co-oporation.
WARNING: The shotgun in this picture is shown in the closed position for artistic purposes only and should never be carried about like this. There were no cartridges either in the gun or in the vicinity of the photoshoot.
On Sunday I went down to Pauntley in Gloucestershire for the second time this year. The rain held off and we even had some nice light right at the end of the day. The turn out was pretty good and I am sure all had a good time on this undulating course, at least for the later classes. The variety of tiny fences for the first timers is very good here too, so there is something for most abilities.
The pictures are now available as always in the Shop area of the website. Thanks to the Clapham family who run this course, always with a warm welcome.
I was also asked to cover the Wheatland Hunter Trials at Pound Green on the same day, but as I was already booked, Abi Humphries kindly went along for me.
Images form both events are now online in the Shop.
Some time ago now, months, maybe a year or more, I was having another look at a great book I have and one image in there struck me as being a great idea for a photograph. The book, by David Hockney, is called “Secret Knowledge”. It is a big glossy hardback in which David discusses how mirrors and lenses have been used through the ages by artists to ‘capture’ images for their painting. It is a fascinating read. The image in question was painted in 1645 by the French artist George de la Tour, a follower of the great Caravaggio and is titled “St Joseph the Carpenter“.
Now that one painting had grabbed me, I started looking at other artworks in the same manner, for inspiration in my own work. Wouldn’t it be great if somebody wanted a portrait doing in the style and, to a certain extent, the setting of a bygone age. I happened to discuss this with a good a friend of mine and he said he would love such a picture of his daughter and she would be thrilled. So we made plans, but due to other commitments and twists of fate, it has taken quite a long time for all of us to be available at the same time. We managed to get together on Saturday afternoon and shoot the image. Phoebe, my friend’s daughter, is very keen on her horse riding and hopes to have one of her own one day, so I decided to swap the carpenter for a farrier.
Many thanks to Berriewood Farm for allowing use of their building and horses. Also to John Preece of Uppington Smithy for modelling as the farrier, and to Phoebe’s mum for bringing her along.