When people ask me why I’m photographing horses I usually respond with: „Because I adore their beauty and magnificent grace!“ But there is another reason as well. Horses can be hilarious and darn funny! And that’s what I’m loving too.

 In 2011 I took the first image of the photo series „Horsestyle“. It shows the beautiful Haflinger stallion Mozart. During the photo session I recognized his whirling mane which I wanted to draw attention to. By tickling his ears he shook his head in this brilliant way.

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It’s my greatest passion to tease out nearly human expressions of my horse models. So I searched for other horses with impressive manes for a photo series. It was really fun to work with such different horsy characters. The black PRE Allaus learned to shake on hand sign within 5 minutes before the photo session! Arabian stallion Hafid preferred to neigh proudly in studio first before he realized that 3 girls where absolutely euphoric when he shook his head.

The most difficult part was to keep the horses straight to the camera. Most time they wanted to move their head to the side or downward. A good handling and horse goodies were highest priority. I focused on a great face and a harmonic choreography of the hairs.

You can see a technical development through the series: This year I had the chance to work with the fastest compact flash lights in the world by German flash light producer Hensel. Getting every single hair really sharp was no problem anymore. 

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Mozart & Allaus

Hafid & Pauli

Polly & Flecki

Suertudo & Linus

Pirate & Anton