Matthew Seed: Horse Photographer

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Matthew Seed’s website is simply called Horse Photographer. Not only does that describe what Matthew does, it also says something about his humble approach and the respect he shows for the animals he photographs.

It was for this very reason that Matthew avoided using flash for many years.

“I started out not using flash at all,” says Matthew. “I thought the horses wouldn’t like it. But I soon got bored of doing that, and my personal view on photography is that it’s all about controlling light. I know the landscape guys would say different, but for me the thrill is having that control and painting with it.”

So Matthew equipped himself with a set of Profoto lights and started to gradually test the horses’ reactions. He photographed lots of horses with all kinds of different temperaments, from friendly cobs to hot blooded race horses. To Matthews big surprise, the horses accepted the flash light very quickly. In fact, some even became inquisitive of the flash heads.

“I’m using Profoto lights because of the amazing quality. I will never forget when I first used them. To be honest, I though half the talk of quality of light was sales patter. But that was until I plugged in my first head, and I’ve used them ever since. On top of that there’s the Light Shaping Tool, which are right up my street. I look at them like an artist does his pallet. What kind of light do I want to paint with today?”

Is it hard to photograph horses?

“Lighting horses with flash is the hardest thing to light in the world,” says Matthew “Imagine a fashion shoot where the model is 4 times bigger than you, not happy you’re there, and able to squash you in a heartbeat. Then you put  a flash in its face and hope for the best. Oh, and all the time it’s trying to mess you up by constantly moving!”

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Comments (8)

  • William

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    Really excellent stuff!

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  • Katsu

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    Wow, so beautiful. It reminds me Ductch oil paintings. Lights and shadows make hourss jewels.

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  • Michelle

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    Beautiful photography. Most unique I have ever seen. Please put together a book some day or sell prints.

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    • Matthew Seed

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      Hi Michelle

      Thank you for your comments, we do sell the work as printed & framed art. And we do have a plan for a coffee table book in the future. If you like us on Facebook all the details will be on there in due course.
      http://www.facebook.com/thehorsephotographer

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  • Saghi Manners

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    Simply beautiful. Every picture is a work of art

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  • Jackie

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    I love the last photograph, that was taken for a slovakian magazine, amazingly captivating with truly bight and vivid colours.

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  • Sherrie

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    Love your work!! Beautiful light, intimate feel to the photos. Agree your photography needs to be published and or offered as prints. I would like to have one or more for my environment.

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  • David Savill

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    the beginning of this article sounds very similar to me… starting to get a little bored now and only haven’t used flash because i assumed the horses really wouldn’t like it at all.

    time to get the flashguns out i think! :)

    thank you for this article and fantastic Photography!

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