Category Archives: Horses

Come rain, come shine

I am in the need of a sauna just coming back from a cold day at the race track! So how do the jockeys feel when they are coming in from a long day on the horse back? Many horse backs that is, since they ride so many different horses during a race day. The weather was testing us, how much we could stand.

Not many races left at the old track now. The 18th next month is the final day. As always there is a new page to be turned and to experience. That will be interesting. Here is the selection of images frpm today. Enjoy! 😀

By the way, are there saunas for horses!

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Saddle up!

And they did! We were all happy to be back on track today again. And everybody enjoyed the good weather. Not only horses and jockeys but photographers and audience too. Horse racing might be an all year sport but bläh! for long underwear, gloves and heavy shoes. Colors are also back in the sport. I enjoyed this very much, I hope you do too.

🌞  Pelle

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Long time, no horse race

It´s been some time since I visited a horse race. However, yesterday I went back to Täby Galopp. The track is old and it will soon be closed down and replaced by a new one. At Bro. A place also just outside Stockholm, but in another direction from Täby. It will be interesting to see how the races will develop there. Täby is like Venedig. Beautiful in its decline. Lots of patina that attract us photographers.

A rest for eyes and mind was healthy. Time to refocus and find new details and ways to capture my images. But of course I recognize all the events. I get good exercise since I am not always standing at the goal waiting for a winner. That is what many of my friends and colleagues have to do. It is their job to catch the winner. And after that the winning horse, jockey and owner.  Instead I can concentrate on investigating other parts of the race with all preparations and other post race activities.

Here is a selection from yesterday, enjoy! 😊  Pelle

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I wish

This new year, 2016, what are we going to do with it? Are you among those who makes promises? Are you good at it? I don´t do promises for a new year any more. If I decide to do something I do it as quick as possible.          ( That doesn´t always mean immediately. 😉 ) No need to wait for a special year. That might just take too long to get it done. A man has got to do what a man has got to do… So, what do I wish for the new year? Same as you I guess. Without trying to win a Mr. World competition, peace on earth. Wouldn´t that be nice? Don´t ask what the world can do for you. Ask what you can do to/for the world. I think that if we all do the small things to us and our friends, and the people we meet, that will make a big difference. Small and big goes well together here.

OK, promise!?

A good day for me starts on my short walk to my studio. ( Breakfast reading today´s news is also fine ). If I meet a friend to say hello to, or If I can smile to a parent whose child is jumping in a puddle. That is a good omen for the new day.

Of course I will challenge myself with some now projects and images again this year. Can I arrange an exhibition with a selection from my horse racing images, or my working gloves? That would be great. And I am open to surprises. Things that I didn´t expect. This year will include an extra day at the end of February. Be sure to use it well!

The first blog of the year will include some images from the archipelago. And some new horse racing images from last Sunday. It is suddenly a white winter up here in the north.

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By the way, have you seen and read some of all the articles about the best of 2015? Amazing images and engaging stories.

😊  Pelle

 

 

 

It is not just about the race

Yesterday I went to a race again. I have missed a few, but that is good for me. To rest my eye. It is difficult to get variation, not always doing the same thing.

There are so many things around a race that gets my eye, and my attraction. The friendship among the jockeys is nice to see, before they saddle up for a tough race. And they also stretch, though you don´t see that so often.

It was a grey and windy day and there are less spectators now compared to summer. Of course. But there are always enthusiasts. Some of them are photographers…

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The day I started blogging I had NO idea where it would take me. Now I know better and I am surprised. One thing I had no idea of was my interest in horse racing, or galopp in Swedish. It started this summer at Jägersro in Malmö. Now I take every opportunity to photograph. On the track or in a stable. It sharpens my sense and my eye for a new world. I discover details that I have lived most of my life not thinking about. It is good exercise for a photographer.

The competition is hard and everybody would like to win. However I experience there is a great friendship among the jockeys. Except for the finish of a race. Then the shouting and screaming is intense. The images should be accompanied by sound to get more into the racing atmosphere. I´ll see what I can do about that.

The weather is changing towards winter and yesterdays first races were held in fog. It is cold and damp. This selection of images includes more humor and smiles than usually. Enjoy!

😊  Pelle

Am I right?

In my growing interest for horses and horse racing I visited a stable today. Stall Malmborg with owner Caroline.  Since I don´t know horses I don´t know what angle the ears should be for a horse in harmony. So I am taking myself a lot of liberties here, and I will continue to do so. I am my own employer, and I set my own standard. So this is my personal selection for today.

Tomorrow there will be races again and a a new challenge to do something different.

😊 Pelle

It is getting colder and darker

It is getting colder and darker, yes. And up here in Sweden we are slowly going into winter. However, the brave jockeys are still working hard. Yesterdays race was in the evening. Although just at 6 it is dark outside. Very dark.

The racetrack where I go is close to Stockholm, and it is called Täby Galopp. Täby is the name of the place. But it is soon no more. The field will be turned into apartments and there will be a new racetrack with another address. The place has a lot of history and it is a bit sad, but the new track looks very promising with stables etc. I think that the jockeys and the horse owners will be pleased. But it is further away from the city. And for a photographer who likes patina, well. Not yet.

I have learned that horse racing is also a winter sport. I am looking forward to that challenge and I will dress warm. I hope to visit a stable during next week and see what they are up to with some new and promising horses. Stall Malmborg.

Yesterday was a challenge for photographers. The light at the trace comes in various colors and the darkness put the ISO at the top. Here is my selection.

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Lost and found

The Swedish photographer Håkan Ludwigson spent time in Australia in the 1980´s covering cowboys. But: Håkan Ludwigson’s images showcase the brutal beauty of Australia’s cattlemen and women. Shot in the 1980s and initially unappreciated for being too graphic, they form an uncompromising study of outback life and the individuals who pursue it.

Too graphic? Are you kidding? Isn´t that what makes images strong and interesting. However after all these years they are finally being presented in a book. Balls and bulldust / Steidl Books.

First a link to the article ( in The Guardian ) and then a link to the publisher with more great images. The square format is the Hasselblad Trade Mark. Håkan masters it and mentiones that because he was using middle format it was not the same as 35mm. He worked slower. Sometimes he also used flash  and that slowed the process even more. The result is amazing and I am happy that these great images finally can get the audience they deserve.

I am wondering.  Because he is from a country very far away from Australia, how does that effect his eyes and senses to this strange and different world? Are they more sensitive perhaps than if he was Australian? Perhaps…

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/04/balls-and-bulldust-the-raw-1980s-photos-of-cattle-stations-that-time-almost-forgot

https://steidl.de/Books/Balls-and-Bulldust-1420273438.html

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