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By magda_indigo  

About 15 years ago, we photographed a couple on their wedding day at this farm with the horses. We’d visited the farmer before, a charming gentleman, lonely after losing his wife, all his passion and life now geared towards the breeding of those magnificent animals.
The Belgian horse is a much-loved gentle giant. This large heavily muscled horse most likely descended from the heavy prehistoric horses and was indispensable as a workhorse in the Middle Ages when this horse was known as the Flanders Horse, now it is known as the Brabant.

During our recent trek through Flanders, we happened to pass the farm, it has a beautiful long drive, I saw activity and gathering all our courage, decided to go in, my heart sank when I saw the sign ‘Veterinary surgeon’ at the entrance, shrugged and drove in.
What a wonderful surprise, the kind man was there, now a proud 91, he recognized me, we were pleased to meet again.
His grandson is the vet.
“Of course welcome to take as many photographs as we wanted” he said, adding and pointing quickly behind him, this is Igor, world champion!
… He wiped his runny nose with a white handkerchief… you should have been here a bit sooner; Igor just sired a few mares…

I wish you all a superb day and thanx for the visit, M, (*_*)

Tags: Portraits and people

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clevercloggs Plus
17 251 15 Netherlands
12 Aug 2006 4:15PM
Good image, has a high "street photo" appeal. The lighting is fine and there is lots to see. Hard to believe that the man is 91. click
thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
12 Aug 2006 4:54PM
Hi Magda,a beautifully detailled image of this gentleman and his horse farm,great lightng and exposure.Congratulations on your HC award,well deserved.Take care.AnnSmile
AndyM 16 99
12 Aug 2006 5:30PM
This caught my eye in the gallery. I love the compositon and the feel of the photograph.
tull 18 181 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2006 5:45PM
Congratulations Magda on the HC.

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2006 7:25PM
hi magda simple but effective
KathyW 18 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
12 Aug 2006 8:11PM
Super portrait of a very well-preserved gentleman.
I love the horse too - I have heard of the Brabant breed, but never seen one. I have a Haflinger horse, which is the same colour, but much smaller.
Well deserved HC!
Take care,
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
13 Aug 2006 2:04PM
Hi Magda....this is agreat comosed portrait!

very well done and a very well deserved HC!


cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2006 7:18AM
Excellent composition - could be the front cover on an edition of Country Life!

Hope you and Paul are well.
daffydill56 18 190 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2006 5:28PM
A simple but extremely effective image with a wonderful description attached Magda!


banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
14 Aug 2006 10:50PM
I like his expression, - well caught and composed.

Carabosse 18 41.7k 270 England
16 Aug 2006 2:53PM
Great character shot!
patri 18 3 Italy
16 Aug 2006 9:57PM
Hi Magda, how are you? This is a wonderful immage of a gentleman in his very environment, great details and colours.


ovi 17 11 1 Romania
17 Aug 2006 10:03PM
My favorite kind of photography,Magda.A very strong image telling us a life story.Thank you for sharing.Congratulations on EC.
19 Aug 2006 2:59PM
Great shot, and great story.
20 Aug 2006 5:48PM
Fitst class as usual Magda. Just bck from hols and trying to catch. Be in touch soon as poss. Hope you both had a great time.

foggytwo 18 36 1 Scotland
20 Aug 2006 7:31PM
A lovely story to go with a lovely image.Nice one Magda.
Katie_S 15
21 Aug 2006 2:59PM
How lovely!
however i have watched mares being served, and its not pretty! definatly wouldn't want to take pictures of that!
Brill Shot though!
stevieb 17 3.0k 2 Panama
22 Aug 2006 12:37PM
You and your people shots Grin

Have an RC on me.
28 Aug 2006 7:58AM
Aha Magda what a class act you are. This is a truly superb shot, the composoition is outstanding.
Thank you.
Ricardo xxxxxxx
24 Sep 2006 7:36PM
Been clicking and running, sorry Magda, unable to comment on all the ones I've missed. Will contact soon. Smile

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