It was not until last night that the term “horsepower” really meant much to me, other than being the essence of regular BBC Top Gear parlance. I was blown away by the sheer power of the marriage between man and beast, as the Household Cavalry charged past my lens. In fact I wasn’t expecting them to be that close and had it not been for a sturdy fence, one slight step forward and I would have been, well, very dead should I say. I also imagined for a moment how terrifying it would have been for any enemy facing this brute force. Especially if you had been dismounted in battle. Foot soldiers are all very well but put one, no let’s say a hundred on a horse each and you have a proper army. I would beat a hasty retreat if I saw them charging over the horizon.
Nowadays flesh has been replaced by metal and technology. The machine replacing the animal.
Last night we travelled through history, witnessing the gunpowder and smoke of the old wars. Then being brought bang up to date with the latest in vehicle hardware. Machines that really make you go “Ooh, I would love to have a go in one of those”. Well they did me anyway…
I had a great time photographing the show. One minute the gentle pace of the performing bands and then the adrenaline kicks in as the horses charge in, the dust flying, the steam coming off their backs and the smell of cordite. The atmosphere charged along with this visual feast that left me wrestling to capture. My camera going into hyperdrive, cards filling fast, constantly changing position, focussing manually, brain going berserk. This is what I really love about photography. It keeps you on your toes and you mustn’t take a breather as this can cost you valuable shots.
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