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Jim McKinniss



I have been photographing horses for over 10 years. When I make a photograph of a horse, I usually try to show its powerful strength, grace, elegance and beauty. I hope to emphasize this by converting my color digital photo into black and white so that the viewer is not distracted by color from the form and figure of the horse. I usually make very close portraits showing only some combination of the body, chest and legs. Sometimes, I concentrate on the horseís neck and head to emphasize the large, beautiful eyes of the horse. I frequently add textured backgrounds to the original photograph in Photoshop to abstract the horse from the real world, which, I hope, allows the viewer to more easily concentrate on the animal itself.

In this series I have departed from my usual photographic techniques. I still convert my digital photos to black and white but I’ve also introduced a rider and I have emphasized movement using a slow shutter speed. The result is an abstraction of animal, rider and time. This abstraction emphasizes some of the characteristics of horses that I wrote about above but in a new way that also introduces fantasy.

Jim McKinniss





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