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Petting the Horses

Who has not stopped on a dirt road to climb a fence and pet the horses? Such a lovely found snapshot with two teenage girls gently connecting with a horse and foal in the mid 1960s.

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This was a genuine moment on a family holiday, but surely the photographer had seen images of beautiful young women and girls with horses, its a genre in popular art and has been for more than a century. This reminds me how, consciously or unconsciously, we mimic images in popular media, art and advertising when we pick up a camera. This is a well documented phenomenon in vernacular photography. I don’t mean to destroy the charm of the image with this comment, it is a wonderful photograph in every way!

 

Decorated Horse

This horse was photographed on a dusty road in Iran, sometime in the early 1970s. Taking a ride in a 2-person horse-drawn buggy is still a slightly touristy thing to do in bigger centers, but given the age of the slide and the seemingly remote location I’d guess this was used by locals. I’d love to see how those bright red pom poms come alive when the horse is moving. Iran has more than one unique breed of horse but as I’m not an expert, descriptions like ‘ewe necked and slab-sided’ don’t help me to understand what I’m looking at!

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I loved the subject matter but the colors were really dull. To bring the pic alive I did some basic restoration work on tone and contrast then had a bit of fun with color and filters.

Before and after:

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Kaibab Horse Trail

The Kaibab Plateau borders the Grand Canyon in the South, Arizona USA. This trail, shown in 1962, was either the North or South Kaibab trail into the Canyon. Touring this vast area on horseback is still a popular pastime but it does come with warnings as, once out of the trees (the Kaibab National Forest), the exposed, rocky and very hot conditions of the Canyon are challenging for riders and horses alike. Canyon officials prefer to use mules. Certain images really make me want to go there, and this is one of them.

A dramatic improvement from the original as the blue tone was removed, and light and color was brought into the image.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in America, Children, Country scene, Horses, Nature

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Ruined Temple at Petra

I love everything about this image, the texture of the ruined stones, the ponies patiently waiting in the shade of a tree, the glimpse of a dry landscape. Petra is an ancient Jordanian city, built in 312BC. ‘The Treasury’, with its ornate facade carved into a sandstone cliff is its most iconic building. The city is approached through a deep, narrow gorge called a Siq. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985; one of the biggest threats to it is ‘unsustainable tourism’. My heart aches for this place.

I reduced contrast and warmed up tones, brightened the tree and sharpened the stones (wait, that rhymes!)

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Horses, Middle East, Ruins

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