Of Snow and Horses

Winter-Horses.jpg©2009 Alex Garcia

I am off the first three days this week, so my vacation days have coincided with the first serious snowfall of the season. That means I can more easily take an enchanted view of the snow. I don’t have to worry about getting that perfect shot of the miserable commuting experience shared by hundreds of thousands.  I can focus on the bucolic scene and horses from the first snowfall of last winter, coming back from western Illinois where our parents live.  The memory of this scene has truly helped me past the snowdrifts of negativity while driving in traffic around the city.  I have heard it said that people seem to be wired for biophilia, or “love of nature”, and that people’s most peaceful memories are usually outside in nature. I would agree… It’s hard for me to stay upset at snow when I’m embracing a snow scene in my mind’s eye…

Surreal Horse Play


©2009 Chicago Tribune

Shows like Cavalia, conceptualized by the same person behind Cirque du Soleil, are not easy to capture in photographs let alone a single image. Much of my take, even if they captured a peak moment of energy and motion, felt too, well staged. By going a bit more wide and including the snow falling over the crowd, I was hoping to make the picture about the surreal experience as much as the actual stage action. Click to see more photos..