World renowned fine art photographer Matthew Seed – The Horse Photographer – announces his latest photographic alchemy, an exquisite piece of art showcasing one of Britain’s most famous and much loved dressage personalities – Uthopia.
The exquisite piece of fine art pays homage to Uthopia the majestic London 2012 Team Gold Medalist whose future was famously secured to stay in Britain with Carl Hester in Gloucestershire by a generous and anonymous donor earlier this year.
Uthopia, a KWPN stallion now 15 years old, was famously ridden by Carl Hester at London 2012 Olympics along with stablemate Valegro ridden by Charlotte Dujardin – they won team gold, the first ever gold for Britain in dressage on the 100th anniversary of the equestrian sport in the Olympics. Among numerous honours the pair won team gold and two individual silvers at the 2011 European Championships.
One of Matthews main inspirations is the English painter, George Stubbs, to whom he has often been referred to.
‘Painters such as Stubbs have the advantage of being able to interpret what they see and often paint in a beautiful light to highlight the horse’s powerful muscles and topline’ said Matthew,
‘By using flash and sculpting the light around the horse I am able to emulate this style of painting, typical of the Old Masters, such as Stubbs, and in doing so I have captured the essence of Uthopia’,
Sculpting light provides the authenticity that post production techniques, such as Photoshop, could never achieve, particularly when shooting outdoors.
‘Horses are beautiful animals to photograph but it often takes some time to earn their trust and my aim is to form a bond and understand each horse I photograph in order to capture their essence.’
Matthew has developed his unique skill over a number of years and has a true affinity with the horse. Photographers all over the world have tried to emulate Matthews style of photography which he has found flattering, however as yet they have been unable to capture the subtleness of his lighting technique together with the working partnership and bond he forms with each horse.
For Matthew the most important factor is always the horse not just the style. To connect, to understand and to capture the horses personality is vital – without these essential elements all the dramatic lighting in the world would be wasted.
What is the most important factor in The Horse Photographers work?
‘To ensure that I take time to connect with every horse I photograph and to truly present them in their best light.’