Pearl Of Peace

The word ‘Photography’ derives form the greek phrase ‘Drawing With Light’ and on a recent trip to Spain to photograph a rare golden coated Stallion named ‘Pearl Of Peace’ that is exactly how it felt.

I don’t often get chance to spend three days photographing one horse but this was a wonderful opportunity to embrace the beauty of the Andalusian breed with his shimmering coat set against the beautiful Spanish landscape. Drawing with light is literally what this felt like. The more of that Spanish hue I let into the photograph the more the images took on a unique style. I was in my element.

We planned a couple of sessions per day for our three day visit, avoiding the mid-day sun (which not even my flash power could defeat) and I spent the day before the photography sessions meeting and getting to know Pearl of Peace, or Oro as he is known, and also watching and filming Amador Alonso Rioperez riding him. 

I shot some video of Oro on the prep day to better understand him and to see what it was about this beautiful horse I needed to capture. That night in my hotel room I studied the footage which is not something I normally have the opportunity to do. This proved invaluable on the shoot days. It wasn’t just a case of getting to know the horse but how the light affected his coat. Oro has a double pearl gene which means he has the most stunning golden coat and a certain type of light highlights this. 

The next three days were an absolute joy getting to know Oro, his owner and also his rider Amador,. It was a fantastic experience and shooting over several days allowed me opportunities to experiment with light like never before. Some of the most magical photographs have come from balancing in more ambient light at dusk than I normally would. The light in Spain at dusk has a unique, very warm hue that was just a joy to work with, we were also blessed to have some amazing cloud detail too.

Click the video above to view some footage of from the shoot.

To view a gallery of the resulting artworks from my three day shoot please Click Here