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8 Responses to “Shanna and Ultraje, Barbier Farms”

  1. 1 honey
    January 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    “involving” is a great word and another subjective one. this one grabbed me for its beauty, for its lighting, and for the moment when i was able to imagine a conversation between the woman and the majestic horse with bowed head. i didn’t want to know the truth of this photo. i wanted to make up my own.

    this is what it is like for me to be involved.

    thanks for the information about sam’s show.

  2. January 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    What a wonderful image! Made me grin to see her engaging the horse and the horse so regally considering the idea.

  3. 5 Riley
    January 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I too like the image very much, the light and playfulness of the scene. I would also like to see a similar image with less space, a tighter shot with Shanna and Ultraje playing and another with heads close together, a mind-meld if you will. But that is my old editorial background raising it’s ugly head…

    • January 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

      Hi Riley,
      It’s not “rearing it’s ugly head”…it’s exactly the conversation that need to take place…continually!
      If we don’t look critically at our photos, in just this way, then we’ll never progress. And next time I’m shooting the horses, you can bet I’ll hear RILEY in my ear saying ….move closer, get the personal moment. Thanks for that.

  4. January 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm


    i feel confined looking at that image. a positive is the connection between the person and the horse.
    the hors’s head bowed makes me feel it’s submission to the human. I stil want horses to be wild.
    Because they are in a confined space, i’m thinking about training and not being wild but having to submit to boundaries. Perhaps this is a wonderful collaboration. It’s a wonderful photograph, Keron, and i applaud you for it. My gut reaction is for the horse to skit away. I’ve riden my whole life and understand horses a bit and certainly know what it’s like to control and communicate. Personal reaction. Beautifully done and felt by you.

    • January 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Anne!
      Thanks so much for looking and for your comments. As I “know” this horse, I know how playful he is….and how self-contained and regal, as Kathleen said. The very next instant he did skit away and then come right back! The best collaboration is not controlling…all acceptance and willingness to partner.
      We should go there and ride together. You would love it. And then we could photograph, too!

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