While I paused talking to a companion photographer, a golden glow caught the corner of my eye. I turned, peered down one of the openings to the stables stationed opposite to the NY State Fair Coliseum and caught sight of a young girl who was tending to her horse – in conversation. It was the yellow in her blouse that first caught my eye and I took a few shots which I considered technically ok, but nothing inspiring; But then, she turned in my direction. Right then, everything, to me, crystallized and I caught a candid moment of a girl and her horse.
I think my presence may have startled her somewhat as she quickly turned away when she noticed me on the far end of the stable. However, she didn’t run away. She instead attempted to appear busy and uninterested. But, every so often, she would pause and glance in my direction to see if I was still present. Although, I took many shots before and after that event, I think the most significant shot was just that moment when she slowly glanced in my direction and the light from a lamp behind her caught her blond hair, accentuating it with highlights.
For me, another equally compelling part of the image is the horse. It turned and looked up at me at just the same time as the girl did. In essence, the scene came across as if I had interrupted a private conversation and the participants turned to find out what the interruption was. But more importantly, through their glassy stares, they made me aware that I was not invited to this privy moment. Sigh! However, it was the capture of that moment which I found most meaningful of all the shots and the one I decided to share as a – A Girl and Her Horse.