David Sinclair – Most of my working life was in theatre and television. Based in London the nearest I had ever been to a horse was on a train journey. Horses were just BIG pets in fields. I had occasion to move to the heart of Gloucestershire and soon discovered the proximity of many equine disciplines; Polo grounds, the Hunt and Eventing. Aligned with the fact that I have always carried a camera, it wasn’t long before I combined one love with what rapidly became another. Horses.
As an extensive traveler and horse photographer, I have tried wherever I have been in the world to catch not just the essence of the animals themselves, but the spirit and personality of the people who work with them. The wonderful textures and colours of their natural and working environments together with the emotion and intimacy shared between horse and human.
There are many good horse photographers out there, my approach from the beginning was a two sided affair – stylized in form and symmetry on an artistic level, trying to capture the power and grace of these horses and moments of harmony between horse and rider and then, purely documentarily.
Having worked in Europe, my interest spread to Western horsemanship, realizing very little was known about this at home, my travels led me eventually to marrying and settling in the USA. For the last three years my wife and I have been immersed in all aspects of work with horses in North America.
Based in Amarillo TX, we now work on both private and commercial or journalistic projects, with a multitude of people and horses from all backgrounds, from ranching and rodeo to bison and horse stock, whilst still keeping up the work with European styles.
Ultimately my hard earned understanding of these animals goes a long way to the images I create. For all the potential power and strength they possess, ultimately I find them uniquely calming. Further to that, I now find an admiration and respect for the people we meet during the
Liz Sinclair – I am a lifelong horsewoman. Years ago I began photography because I wanted to paint from my own images, especially those of my flashy, dangerous horse “Magic”. At the barn, I followed our horses around with my camera so much they began to seek hiding places when they saw me with my little black box.
That led me to my first rodeo.
From that first “Cowboy Christmas “ (July 4th) I became enthralled by the color, drama, action and values of the rodeo arena. Evident is a tough self –reliance and determination, a genuine trust and belief in a Higher Power. A cowboy removes his hat upon greeting a lady. It appeared to me as a “cultural oasis” in the modern age… They called me “Ma’am”. (Well, that took some getting used to…) It was not long before I was a part of that very extended rodeo family in my area. There were buck-outs and jackpots nearly every week.
I earned my credentials at the edge of the arena.
I arrived early and stayed late, I fried in summer and froze in winter. I was sand blasted and rain soaked. From my new friends I learned to shoot the story not just the action.
My work has been published in a number of print magazines, as well as online. I have had the honor of photographing events for Amarillo’s Visitor Council… And at one time I’m pretty sure at least 800 of my 1600 Facebook friends were using one of my images as a profile picture!
With my husband David I travel extensively. Last summer I stood shooting in the legendary “photographer’s pit” at “The Daddy of ‘em All” in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I could not believe my good fortune. I am anxious to see what happens next!
Learn more about David and Liz Sinclair at www.shoothorses.com