"Nothing ruins a picture faster than a camera." - Daniel Arnold
With this quote in mind, when my grandparents asked me if I'd like to join them on a trip to the Saratoga Springs Race Course my response was an emphatic "yes." For this post I strayed away from the typical Black & White photography and went for more bold, saturated colors complemented with less posed and more hip-fired, honest imagery - an aesthetic that I admire in Daniel's work.
The demographic at the Saratoga Springs Race Course was somewhat of an anomaly. The line between rich, white posh and lower-middle class, suburban family could not have been more defined. Nevertheless, at the end of the day no matter the background, the only thing that mattered to each and every person there were the places of horses 1 through 8 at the finish line.
To take nothing away from this trip would have been insulting to the incredible history and culture that was on display. I had a great time meeting and photographing people from a different part of the country that I'm so often sheltered from while living in Vermont. That being said, my experience at Saratoga was somewhat like being in the movie Seabiscuit except with modern betting amenities, JV horses, a plethora of cheeseburger grease, and a lack of Tobey Maguire.
I realized when I got home that I didn't manage to take any photos of the actual horse races.