HORSEBACK RIDING TUSCANY
I'm a photographer and moved 6 years ago from Belgium to Italy. As 'presidente' I organize the daily activities of the non profit organization Il Missouri, and I go on the trails as the guide. These few things tell something about myself, and can maybe be interesting for horse & photography lovers. Karel Martha J.

I'm a photographer and moved 6 years ago from Belgium to Italy. As 'presidente' I organize the daily activities of the non profit organization Il Missouri, and I go on the trails as the guide. These few things tell something about myself, and can maybe be interesting for horse & photography lovers. Karel Martha J.

X-Pro2   The camera that fit's the best my eye. And nobody sees me as 'a photographer'. People look at me with compassion: he even does not have the money to buy himself an iPhone. Under the camera: La Lettura, the most beautiful Saturday morning supplement to Il Corriere della Sera.

X-Pro2

The camera that fit's the best my eye. And nobody sees me as 'a photographer'. People look at me with compassion: he even does not have the money to buy himself an iPhone. Under the camera: La Lettura, the most beautiful Saturday morning supplement to Il Corriere della Sera.

Josef Koudelka, Zingari/Exiles.   Josef Koudelka (°Moravia, 1938) made in 1968 in Romania an iconic photo: a gypsy is talking with his horse, long before Robert Redford made 'A horse whisperer'. In the picture you can feel that if you listen to a horse, you can talk with it. If there is one photographer in the world I would like to have coffee with, it's Koudelka. I would pay his coffee.

Josef Koudelka, Zingari/Exiles.

Josef Koudelka (°Moravia, 1938) made in 1968 in Romania an iconic photo: a gypsy is talking with his horse, long before Robert Redford made 'A horse whisperer'. In the picture you can feel that if you listen to a horse, you can talk with it. If there is one photographer in the world I would like to have coffee with, it's Koudelka. I would pay his coffee.

Band of Horses, Infinite Arms    "Gonna take a trip to Laredo                    Gonna take a dip in the lake                    Oh, I am at a crossroads with myself            I don't got no one else"                          Lyrics not about horses, but a live performance of Band of Horses has the energy of 16 Horsepower (although that's an other folk/rock band).

Band of Horses, Infinite Arms

"Gonna take a trip to Laredo Gonna take a dip in the lake Oh, I am at a crossroads with myself I don't got no one else" Lyrics not about horses, but a live performance of Band of Horses has the energy of 16 Horsepower (although that's an other folk/rock band).

Nomad, Jeroen Toirkens.   Nomads need horses, and so there are some in this wonderful book. The most beautiful is that on page 54, in Dukha Mongolia made in 2007: a horse that seems to be a nomad. A book for everyone who feels a little bit nomad, so now and then.

Nomad, Jeroen Toirkens.

Nomads need horses, and so there are some in this wonderful book. The most beautiful is that on page 54, in Dukha Mongolia made in 2007: a horse that seems to be a nomad. A book for everyone who feels a little bit nomad, so now and then.

Larry Towell, The Mennonites.   On the left a horse patiently waiting while on the right three Mennonites are saying a prayer. The photograph was taken in 1999, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Larry Towell is as well a Canadian farmer as a photographer. On Vimeo there is a short video about the book "The world on my front porch", and so you can understand why on Towell's business card is written " Human Being".

Larry Towell, The Mennonites.

On the left a horse patiently waiting while on the right three Mennonites are saying a prayer. The photograph was taken in 1999, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Larry Towell is as well a Canadian farmer as a photographer. On Vimeo there is a short video about the book "The world on my front porch", and so you can understand why on Towell's business card is written " Human Being".

Robbie Williams, Feel.   Frame out of the music video, really shot in the western style. She is riding an amazing, awesome, great horse, and who can tell me where I can find an oversized coat as the one she is wearing, please phone me.

Robbie Williams, Feel.

Frame out of the music video, really shot in the western style. She is riding an amazing, awesome, great horse, and who can tell me where I can find an oversized coat as the one she is wearing, please phone me.

UnBranded, the film.   Cricket, one of the mustangs going from the Mexican border all the way to Canada, a 3000 miles long trail through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. An epic story of 4 young guys and 14 mustangs. Unfortunately, this horse didn't make it.

UnBranded, the film.

Cricket, one of the mustangs going from the Mexican border all the way to Canada, a 3000 miles long trail through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. An epic story of 4 young guys and 14 mustangs. Unfortunately, this horse didn't make it.

Bernard Plossu, Western Colors.   On page 62, a horse is waiting for his rider, Navajo land, northern New Mexico, 1979: timeless photography, the horse has been standing there always and will do so until the end of the/his days. This book is too beautiful to be true. Bernard Plossu is the most American of French photographers. With a sharp eye, Plossu makes slightly unsharp photographs. Less is more.

Bernard Plossu, Western Colors.

On page 62, a horse is waiting for his rider, Navajo land, northern New Mexico, 1979: timeless photography, the horse has been standing there always and will do so until the end of the/his days. This book is too beautiful to be true. Bernard Plossu is the most American of French photographers. With a sharp eye, Plossu makes slightly unsharp photographs. Less is more.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Chevaux/Horses.   The lusitaner stallion Templado on the flyleaf of a book about horses that comes close to perfection, it is useless even to try making something better. The way in which Arthus-Bertrand is working in a kind of outdoor studio for horse photography is outstanding.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Chevaux/Horses.

The lusitaner stallion Templado on the flyleaf of a book about horses that comes close to perfection, it is useless even to try making something better. The way in which Arthus-Bertrand is working in a kind of outdoor studio for horse photography is outstanding.

John Williams, Butcher's Crossing.   Bison hunters get stuck in the snow, in the cold misery. This western novel is not a happy story with a happy end, but what a story! The novel is hard and ruthless, as a reader you sink with your boots away in the mud. If you want to know how it feels to freeze on a horse, run to the bookstore. The book was published in 1960 but recently reissued. The author John Williams died in 1994.

John Williams, Butcher's Crossing.

Bison hunters get stuck in the snow, in the cold misery. This western novel is not a happy story with a happy end, but what a story! The novel is hard and ruthless, as a reader you sink with your boots away in the mud. If you want to know how it feels to freeze on a horse, run to the bookstore. The book was published in 1960 but recently reissued. The author John Williams died in 1994.

My boots, not made for walking.   No Western Colors, just my own dirty boots after a ride. That's why men wear their jeans over the boots: so at least half of them stay clean. Once a year I wash them well, let them dry for some days and then I put a lot of old olive oil on the leather. And so I do with the saddles. And make them shine with your jeans.

My boots, not made for walking.

No Western Colors, just my own dirty boots after a ride. That's why men wear their jeans over the boots: so at least half of them stay clean. Once a year I wash them well, let them dry for some days and then I put a lot of old olive oil on the leather. And so I do with the saddles. And make them shine with your jeans.