Elizabeth and the Ponies

June 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

As you may know it's been pretty rainy in the UK for the last few days. Rainy enough to do some shooting in my studio with tea and biscuits and music. Which is how I came to take some photos in the field at the back of my place where my neighbours keep their three ponies.

Fellow photographer Ondrej had recently taken some photos of his friend Elizabeth which I'd seen and liked. Both because Ondrej takes a great photo and also because Elizabeth looked like she had a good relationship with the camera. Ondrej is usually a street and documentary photographer so a style shoot was something quite new for him. He's had this idea to document me working as a photographer for a while so it seemed a good plan to get Elizabeth involved too. The rough plan being for me to shoot Elizabeth while Ondrej shot behind the scenes documenting the process. My initial thought was to shoot in London much as I do with Georgiana as it was an easy place for us all to get too. Ondrejs' thoughts were for a studio shoot on the theme of liquid paint frozen in time as it was splashed all over Elizabeth. A fantastic idea especially as Elizabeth was willing to be coated in paint but I felt we should save the idea for another day as it would need a lot of preparation to turn my studio into a plastic lined room akin to one of Dexters kill rooms. Plan-B was some good basic studio work with some fun thrown in. The results of which are waiting in the wings for a future blog post.

The day of the shoot turned out to be rainy and wet which was hardly surprising as there were several music festivals going on around the UK and it is a British tradition for a festival to be a sodden mud bath. A studio day was a good call. 

Mid afternoon the rain eased off for a bit which was an invitation to get out of the studio for half an hour for some fresh air. Luckily I had some wellies for Elizabeth and spare walking boots for Ondrej. I knew the field could get pretty sloshy with rain and hooves. Like a barrel of grapes being trodden into wine old school style. The ponies were a bit skittish at first but they soon got used to Elizabeth who had Latimer (brown) licking her arms and nipping at her dress.  Prince (grey) was a bit more stand-offish and Popcorn wouldn't come near at all.

So that's the story of how a shoot in the city ended up in a field in Hertfordshire. We got our dry 30 minutes before the rains returned and I think got some great shots. You can see we finished in the drizzle in the last few photos. And yes! Elizabeth did ditch the boots and sit on the damp ground. It was her idea and added a bit of extra feels to the photos.

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