It is astonishing to consider that the magical and intensely moving artistic equine portraits by Matthew Seed are created in fractions of a second. However, the artistry which enables him to produce such masterpieces using only controlled lighting, a camera and intuition has been forged over a lifetime.
Even before Matthew had taken his first photograph, he had fallen under the spell of the horses living near his childhood Lancashire home.
As his career took off and he became a highly successful fashion photographer, he endeavoured to refine the various skills needed to portray the power
and poise of his favourite animal.
What he developed was almost photographic alchemy, resulting in the imagery which now hangs in homes and galleries around the world. Critically, he had to establish the technical proficiency by which he could overcome the elements and impose a measure of the lighting control familiar to his studio.
Most important of all, he is able to demonstrate a deep affinity with horses, putting them at such ease as to allow their rich individual personalities
to emerge in portraits which have reduced owners and audiences to tears.
Being repeatedly dubbed “the world’s best horse photographer” by media is a mark of how far his talents have progressed and how widely his artistry is now recognized.