Calendar insights Friesian: February – Edition Boiselle

Calendar insights Friesian: February

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Theo soul of the horse …
What I should actually write here is PICTURE WITHOUT WORDS. I myself, as well as many others, have already written so much about horses’ eyes. I have also taken countless photos of horses’ eyes, every single one different, every single one special, every single one unique. Everything is true and authentic, all kinds of feelings are possible. When a horse looks at you, it looks straight into your soul. We always believe that it is us who are looking at the horses. In actual fact, however, they are the ones observing us, recognizing our character with a penetrating look. How good it is that they don’t speak about it. On the contrary, they exude an incredible magic, a sense of optimism and goodness, which is always very moving – and that is all I would like to say on this topic. So today, in connection with this picture, I would rather like to describe the wide range of different possibilities for photographing a horse’s eye. Very first of all, I would like to emphasise that it is not exclusively a question of the eye. In the case of some breeds, such as Arabs, we have eyes which are very exposed. Arab horses often have a different perspective because their eyes also look forwards. The eyes of coldbloods, on the other hand, nestle in the bone cavity of the skull and focus more sideways, which naturally gives them a different view. So it is a question of how the eyes are embedded and how they are framed. In this picture it is the wavy locks of the opulent mane which provide a very decorative frame for the eye. You often have some scope to play with the mane and, especially in the case of Andalusians and Friesians, you can arrange the mane hair either over or around the eye. But some horses’ manes are not long or full enough to play around with like this, or they have a styled or plaited mane. Another possibility for decoration is an attractive bridle, to give more emphasis to the eye. Even more important, however, is the angle from which we take the photograph. Here, for example, I am standing directly at the side – i.e. at an angle of 90° to the horse. Depending on how you move, however, the 45° angle to the front or the back is also very good. But most people who have a camera in their hands just stand still. You can simply try out how it would be if you photograph the eye from below, looking up towards the sky! I could write an entire book about the eye of the horse, its expression and ways of photographing it. Let’s see

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