For our next photo session Giulia had organized a contest called Happy horse. The idea was to photograph a horse in the old town. The horse owner Martina Meloni brought her incredibly well behaved horse named Ugola. She even went up and down stairs. She was so elegant and fit perfectly into the atmosphere and setting of the Old Town. Together with 5 other photographers, we took photos of Ugola. We were on a pretty narrow street and with a horse in town the people living there became curious and wanted to watch, so I ended up editing a lot of people out of these pictures. But that’s okay because the vibe was so nice and I enjoyed it a lot!
Day 3 (August 21st)
We woke up at 7 a.m. to beat the heat and photograph in the morning light. Unfortunately, the light was already pretty bright when we arrived. This shoot was again with Alessandro, but this time we photographed his white Spanish horse and his show team. This was so impressive. The horses knew exactly what to do and were really focussed on Alessandro. It was amazing to witness and photograph them.
Day 4 (August 22nd)
On the fourth day we had a really special shoot planned. We woke up at 7 a.m. to go on a two hour drive to Vulci in Tuscany. Eight typical Italian horses with their riders were waiting for us. They are called the Maremmano horses and were originally bred to herd Maremma’s cows. You can describe the Butteri as the Italian cowboys. It is crucial for the horse and rider to be on the same page because you have to act quickly and move fast. We had permission to shoot at the location special thanks to the Vulci parc. The first location was at a small lake which has a tiny waterfall.
The second location was a place with old ruins.
The third location was at a castle and a mountain in the background.
I looked at my camera and I was taken aback. I had this feeling I couldn’t described. These are the moments when you know you have found your passion. Little did I know that this picture would become one of the 15 finalists in the National Geographic Photo contest. I will hear the results very soon and update you guys here. Now I understand why I got that feeling. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this shoot was and it will be one I’ll never forget. Special thanks again to Gianluigi!
UPDATE – We did it!! With this photo I won the ‘publieksprijs’ of the National Geographic Photocontest! I still can’t believe it! Thank you so much for everyone who voted! <3
Day 5 (August 23rd)
And that was it. We packed our bags and left for the airport. I left Italy feeling empty but full at the same time. I mis the Italian vibe of not having to worry and remembering to just chill. I miss the nice food and the kind people who give so much yet expect nothing in return. That has inspired me to be more giving myself. It has been a couple of months but when I think back I get all happy inside. A special thank you to all the models who took time out of their days to prepare their horses and work with us.
Million thanks to Giulia Orsatti for organizing this trip for us, for your hospitality and kindness. Thank you for teaching me the necessary Italian such as ‘c’ho l’abbiocco’ which means ‘I’m in a food coma’. A sentence I now say pretty much every day. You are an awesome person. Hope to see you soon!
I still have a lot more photo’s to edit. I will share them on my instagram once they are finished. Let me know if you like to read more blogs like these or if you have any tips! Until next time Italy!