You’ve never seen a horse from this angle before.
Now, Burba and his group, Underlook, have produced an Under Horse project. Obviously photographing the undercarriage of a horse is logistically more challenging than photographing dogs or cats. First of all, their massive weight is an issue. The glass needed to be strong enough to safely support the weight of a horse. Secondly, traditional horse shoes would scratch the glass—not to mention the fact that they don’t provide much traction on a glass surface. The equine subjects were outfitted with rubber shoes for the shoot to protect the glass.
The glass was placed over a 3-meter hole where Burba and his camera and other equipment were set up in a sort of temporary underground studio. The results are a view of horses no one has really seen before. The poses and the expressions of the horses make the photos even more unique. Burba says it took more than 40 people to make the shoot a reality, including the people involved with building the studio to the horse handlers and those who kept up with the ongoing task of keeping the glass clean for crystal-clear photos.
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com