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British Photographer Keeps His Eyes On The West

David Sinclair's unique horse portraits landed him in the new issue of C&I, but he's shot many more memorable Western scenes.

Photography: Courtesy David Sinclair

British photographer David Sinclair’s breathtaking shots of horses and rodeo scenes have landed his work in established publications including Western Horseman, Freelance Photographer, and Polo Quarterly. They’ve also brought him overseas to the American West for two breakneck shooting trips. “I find the culture in America concerning horses much more reaffirming than [in the U.K.], where horses are either pets or used for competition,” the 50-year-old former London theatre professional says. “In America, horses are more an integral part of life. That’s what interests me.”

Talking to the guy, one can immediately sense a deep connection to the animals he photographs, but he also feels passionate about the folks who take care of them. Sinclair has no interest in being the photographer who “whizzes in for a morning, nails an assignment in four hours, and leaves.” He tries his best to get to know everyone he shoots.“The whole enigmatic photographer hiding in the corner has its purpose, but a large part of my theater career was managing people and dealing with people,” he says. “People’s stories give you things you wouldn’t otherwise get if you fly in and out.”

Sinclair's horse portraits — shot against stark black backgrounds — inspired us to feature him in the brand new issue of Cowboys & indians hitting newsstands January 22. To pique your interest and get you acquainted with Sinclair, you'll find a slideshow of his rodeo and human-portrait shots below. Pick up the new issue (or get an instant digital copy here) to find his best horse portraits as well as the photography of more featured artists, both pro and amateur.

— Hunter Hauk

 

 

 

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