WORK HORSE The clydesdales of flanders moss

Bred for their strength as agricultural work horses, I’ve been photographing the Clydesdales at Flanders Moss, Stirling since 2013

Flanders Moss is vast area of flat farmland and nature reserve close to where I have lived for ten years, and home to a family of magnificent Clydesdale horses, owned by a local farmer. Having discovered the Clydesdales I was immediately drawn to their power and presence as a potential subject, and as I spend much of my time as a landscape photographer I could also see the visual possibilities in their exposed environment.

I realised immediately that the series would be a long-term proposition, which would involve taking the time to get to know the horses, gain some form of trust and establish a connection with them. Over the years I have made countless visits, often just to spend time with the horses with no attempt made to photograph them.

A power source on the land

I wanted to tell some of their story – not just produce arbitrary images of horses, but give a real sense of place, documenting the passing seasons, and the harsh elements that they are often subjected to.

Since 2013 I have worked using a number of cameras, both film and digital – more often than not with a 50mm standard lens attached in order to make intimate portraits that reveal their characters and portray what it is like to be right there beside the horse.

As the series has developed I’ve created more abstract and impressionistic images. Working close to the horses, I’ve begun to play with scale, imagining ‘landscapes within landscapes’.

Honesty and endurance

Positioning the camera towards seeing the shapes of dark landscapes in the foreground, whilst trying to glimpse more distant horses within these frames.

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All photography is copyright Michael Prince 2017

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