Last week (May 21st-26th) in all three Polish State Studs – Janów Podlaski, Białka and Michałów – photo sessions for the catalogue of the August auction have been held. The author of the images, similarly to last year, is Glenn Jacobs, Belgian photographer based in Qatar. Jacobs, chosen Photographer of the Year 2016 in a contest organized by “Arabian Horse Times”, was satisfied with being invited to Poland once again. “As it’s the second time that I come here for the auction, I feel more comfortable about the whole situation”, he said. “I remember the last time I was here, we even had snow. Now it’s completely the opposite. There is nothing that I can complain about, maybe except about the mosquitos, but everything has been going very smooth”.
Indeed, very nice weather accompanied the photo sessions. „The weather, as long as it doesn’t rain, it is fine”, Glenn told us. “If it is overcast, it also creates a dramatic effect to the photos which I like. The light is very important, like now I feel it’s a bit bright during the day, full sunshine, but in the morning, in the evening, the conditions are perfect. Last evening we did the shoot and the light at sunset was spectacular, beautiful, red, yellow, very pretty. I’ve got it all got reflected on the photos”.
Glenn Jacobs was pleased with the cooperation with both people and horses. He particularly likes Polish Arabians. „It is because in Poland they have been breeding Arabians for so many years, I think it must have been the longest time in Europe. You can see it also in the quality of the horses, the way they move, their type. I think the Polish horse is different from any other Arabian horse nowadays”.
Jacobs is a photographer who works with great dedication and concentration. „When I take a photo, I position myself according to the light, to the sun, to the shade. The horse needs to look at his best. From some angles in combination with the light, it can be very different when I am even just a meter away. Within one meter the horse can look very different on the photograph, so I need to move around a bit and to get the right angle of the horse. I am looking a bit for everything. For the eyes, of course: we need a lot of expression; the nostrils need to be completely open. All that creates the best look of the horse. Some horses look good from the right side, some look good from the front, some from the other side, it all depends from horse to horse”. Those who witness Glenn at work, are usually impressed by his calmness. „I’ve been doing the photos for quite a few years, and as long as everything goes together in harmony, the light, the weather, the horses, the team to work with, there is nothing really to worry about”, he summed up.