Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ratama Park

It's a whole different world out there at Ratama Park, in Selma Texas. A community of people ride horses as a way of life, to carry a family tradition and pass on the legacy. Eat, drink, sleep, ride horses. And the photographers who capture those moments on the track are a whole other story. I was invited by Molly Johnson to the track to see what it was like, and it didn't take long to see how challenging yet rewarding it can be. There's only one race to get that shot, with only 20 minutes to run back (Molly just walks like a 7-footer), upload, take orders, print, and run out again exactly 3 minutes before gun-shot. The amount of work is really hard to describe, because with 9 to 11 races per night, and at least 30 orders, things get backed up and time slips away from you. Molly's assistant photographer Marcus is always there to make the night less stressful with plenty to laugh about. The more I was out on the track taking pictures, the more I fell in love with the place for the fast-paced action, friendly people, and unique culture to witness and be a part of. However it was disappointing that I wouldn't be able to stay longer and work, as my schedule during the season is just too busy. Maybe one day. Regardless, it was a great learning experience and I thank Molly for the gracious opportunities she has given me!

Cramer, dinner, and horse racing...who knew?

MJ on the track



Dancing happens alot

You can't win them all

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