Sutton Park Ponies in September

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Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk around Sutton Park before shooting some b-roll for a documentary I’m working on at the moment. While I waited for my friends to arrive I went to see if I could find the ponies in the woods near Bracebridge Pool. Just as I was about to give up hope that I’d see them, I turned a corner and found what appeared to be the entire park pony population grazing on heather and roaming the paths down by the lake. Needless to say, I was in my element. I think I’d quite like to be a pony, they seem to have a good life.

These photographs were taken with a long lens, from a distance. I always repeat this because people who aren’t photographers might think that I was up close as you would need to be with a camera phone, and my worry is that these photos might normalise the idea that approaching the ponies is acceptable, when it’s not. Please zoom with your camera, not your feet.

Taken from a main path. This horse was moving between patches and lifted their face from the heather for just long enough for me to catch a single frame of them looking in my direction.

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