A couple beautiful quarter horses in a barnyard

chestnut and white horse image
two Quarter Horses in a Southern Ohio Barnyard (if you would like to see this image in our gallery click the image)

The American Dream:

This photo image is, for lack of a better way to describe it the American dream. At least the American dream of days long gone. Once upon a time in Americas not too distant past, the “American dream”
included owning a home, having
land, horses, and a farm. It was a time when everything was simpler and harder. There wasn’t technology like we have today, but people worked and worked hard with the expectation that if they worked hard, were thrifty with their resources, and planned they would one day become successful and achieve their dreams. A lot has changed since that time.

The Photograph:

This photograph is the classic “on the farm” image that most Americans dream of. On the farm means that they are their own person their own boss and they answer to themselves and family for what they have and do not have. The image of the Quarter Horses was taken in Southern Ohio. Somewhere around Gallipolis to be more exact. These horses as you can tell are well taken care of which made them the ideal subject for the shot. The fact that one appeared sort of shy (the white one) did not take away from the shoot itself but somehow seemed to enhance it. I think it was interesting that it seemed the horses were waiting for me to feed them some hay. Which by the way I did. Then they stood there as if I was not even there and allowed me to photograph them. The result, a barn on the rolling hills of southern Ohio, two Horses at a fence that needs mending and an overall interesting spring shot. To me, this pic has the potential to be someone’s painting, someone’s work of art, someone’s glimpse into what used to be and for some of what American life is all about.

I wish I had a real exciting story, something like I jumped on the horses back and it toured me around the farm showing me what life on the farm was really all about but that just did not happen. Instead, I get the memory of the time I jumped into my van and said I don’t know what I am after today, what image I intend to capture but I will know it when I see it. After all, that is what art is all, about capturing something that catches your fancy and running with it. That is exactly what I did in this case.

Thoughts on the Shoot:

Sometimes we as photographers just have to say what the heck, jump in your vehicle and say I am looking for inspiration without and preconceived ideas of where that inspiration is going to come from. Some of the best images I have ever taken are a result of being “lost”, leaving without direction or notion, or just getting out into the world and saying I don’t know what it is that’s going to inspire me today but when I find that inspiration there will be no mistake.

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Author: Chris Flees

I am an artist, art promoter, and art marketing professional who specializes and blogs primarily about art topics and the "behind the scenes" of my subject and images. Occasionally I blog about Christian topics.