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December 18, 2008

Llanybydder horse mart 3 – starting young

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 09:57



  1. All lines seem to converge on the pair, don’t they?

    Comment by matt — December 18, 2008 @ 11:59

  2. For the lines to really do their job, that horse front left needed to be pointing too :-)

    Despite the effect of the lines converging I’m left not being sure that the subject is the little girl suggested by the title. I move between the bright points in the picture and that includes the shirt of the adult. The child doesn’t really feature in my viewing.

    Comment by Colin — December 20, 2008 @ 12:41

  3. For that horse to be pointing would be too obvious – the tension in the body does it more effectively. Both girls are young!

    Comment by John Ellis — December 20, 2008 @ 13:54

  4. That’s how it begins—when girls are very young. With the colts and fillies forming a perfect x-marks-the-spot/target in my mind’s eye, is there any surprise that I am drawn to this story?

    Comment by Anita Jesse — December 20, 2008 @ 23:21

  5. Although I think the scene has some interest and I don’t find fault with the composition, I am not really engaged here like I usually am with your images. Perhaps because the main subjects are facing away. For me, the one small forward-facing figure near the back is not making up for all the hind ends and turned away heads.

    Comment by Christina — December 22, 2008 @ 21:58

  6. I am not sure about the horse on the left but I do think if it had swung round to the right it would have destroyed the line in the composition that is the horse, child, teenager, horse handler and horse. That compositional line is the strongest bit of the image for me.

    From a H&S point of view I would not walk behind the horse where the children are. When on my bike I approach ridden horses carefully and often get polite and complimentary comments from the riders. I don’t bother to explain that I have no faith that their horse will behave in a rational manner or that if half a ton of stupid animal decides to go berserk that they have any ability to control it.

    Comment by Rex — December 25, 2008 @ 08:22

  7. Thanks for comments. A pity it didn’t hit the spot for all. I think Rex’s observations cover both rough intent and execution. This horse market is a H & S-free zone! The span of the building (custom built) allows for three sections of pens and walkways and during the auction there is continuous movement of horses to and from the auction ring amongst those viewing. I certainly kept as far from any horse’s hind end as I could and was amazed how very small children were allowed (unlike this case) to roam free. On the other hand, nothing happened and it is rather nice seeing how life has been lived for many decades.

    Colin – your adult is about 14/15.

    Comment by John Ellis — December 25, 2008 @ 10:07

  8. for me this is not drawing me in, the stance of the horse on the left is what I want to see more of.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — December 28, 2008 @ 10:29

  9. Not a subject that attracts me immediately. I also agree with Colin, all the light areas distract from to subject of the title. I’m not even sure I’d be drawn to this as part of a group of shots about the event.

    Comment by doonster — December 31, 2008 @ 18:39

  10. There is plenty going on here and not all of it connected. A very strong bottom right-top left diagonal is left a little wanting in the top-left. Even though there is a solitary horse in a pen there with no one really ‘looking’ at it which is contrasting with much of the rest of the scene. The person looking down over the rump of that middle horse is checking out those ‘presents’ rather intently. A pleasing touch but that strong light top middle takes me out of this scene much too quickly.

    Comment by akikana — January 1, 2009 @ 06:09

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