This is another Anders Stangl classic, only this time we see the artist working with an action shot. This is a refreshing change from his usual work, but we still see some of Anders trademark techniques and his unique style. (geometric backgrounds and good flow around the 'canvas')
What I love about Anders' work is that there is always a story to be told - even in a 'group portrait' setting. As usual I am left wondering, "Is this about the horse or the rider? Stay tuned...
When I first looked at this shot my eyes went to the center, then took in the action as I moved around. For a moment I imagined that the horse in the center sees an opening and is about to break through.
I love the rough mood conveyed by all the dirt shooting up and filling the space around the horses.
But wait! The real drama is on the right. The focus is sharp on the rider who has the lead - and I can tell you, he will not lose.
Take a moment to look at the lead horse and rider - the pair of them are flying. Now focus on some of the details that will prove this pair will cross the line first.
Notice the other horses and riders - they are 'tight' and by that I mean each pair looks like a 'unit' - horse and rider, identical riding positions . Observe how each rider has his head in the same position - face forward and we see the front of the helmet. Well... this is good riding technique - BUT now look at the front-runner. His head is down and we see the TOP of his helmet!
This rider is coming unglued from his horse - he has such determination that he is 'willing' himself to the finish - as if he may actually hop off and dash ahead of the horse! This jockey is giving 200% and the horse is picking up the energy. Head down - there is no stopping him
Take a look at his body position! Look at his right arm and the crop... like a cavalry soldier with his sword drawn - charging forward. Everything about this pair says 'forward'.