Horsepow(d)er

It’s another rainy Monday, which knocks me out from working in the garden (although it’s looking pretty good so far).

So, in lieu of shots of sprouts I’ve got some shots of powder thrown at Hank.

As part of my Photo II class we were assigned two self-defined projects. (It was three projects and included film, but the coronavirus put the kibosh on that.)

For the first project I took photographs of Hank from different angles, angles of horses that usually aren’t photographed. No flash, just natural light coming from his stall door. The black background was created using a black window curtain.

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The second project I threw homemade Holi powder on Hank. The powder was made from cornstarch, water, and food coloring – mix it together, let it dry, bake it, and blend it to a fine dust. It was non-toxic by nature and brushed off of him decently – only some green on his face remains now.

No flash, just sunlight. This time I had him stand coming out from the barn aisle; no black curtains this time.

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I’d like to revisit this in the near future, once he has his sleek summer coat. Next time I might try store bought powder, and lots of it, along with a blacked-out background. Timing and logistics were rushed this time, but hey, it’s a start.

 


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