I've been a little better at tossing up a blog report or two on my gallery site. In this world of immediacy, I think that social media is a more used conduit for relaying whats happening than a blog. But here goes.
After a few decades of serving as the official photographer at many competitive equestrian events, I have eased up my equine competitive event schedule to allow me more time for personal projects, private photo sessions, editorial assignments, more travels and entering my dogs in scent work trials. Its an addictive sport and we are having a lot of fun.
Horse show photography has faced many changes ina the past 10-15 years. Technology in the form of better faster cameras has gotten into most everyones' hands and many people are opting to have their friends take their photos at shows, this of course cuts into the professional show photographer's ability to bring home an income that can begin to cover all of the work, time and overhead that it takes to cover a big show with a staff. Its a natural course of events, so in the spirit of always trying to be adaptable, I have decided to move over a little bit and find other ways to fulfill my need to capture those moments.
I will still be the official photographer for the Oregon Dressage Society Championship show in Sept. as well as the KWPN-NA Keuring at Sonnenberg Farm and the AHHA inspection at Wild Turkey Farm. I am scheduling farm calls as usual throughout the Summer and Fall. I am still available for editorial assignment and any special projects that you may have in mind where my skill set may come in handy. I'd love to hear about them.
I recently returned from a trip to Morocco. I had a fabulous time with a small group of people that I now count as friends. I really enjoyed the Moroccan people and their warm hospitality, the food, the art (it was everywhere!) and the fascinating landscapes of the Atlas mountains, the Sahara desert (where I rode in on a camel and tent camped for 2 nights) I still prefer horses. Camels are awfully narrow, it was like riding a rail in slippery footing. But it was fun.
I spent a week in the ancient medina of Fez which gave me an indepth look into the lives of people that still live and work much like they did in the 14th century, except that the internet is very good, plentiful and accessible. I have to wonder why third world countries are so much better than the US when it comes to internet.
Image below shot in Morocco. A small grocery of sorts on the road between Fez and Merzouga.