“I’ve always been interested in the culture surrounding horse racing. On attending a race, it becomes evident that people are drawn to this kind of event for a wide number of reasons: love of the sport, connection to the tradition, and gambling, to name a few. Most notably what I observe is a place seemingly lost in time. The tracks are old and either in a state of neglect or attempted renewal. Some try to modernize; others try to emphasize their nostalgic link to the past. Most intriguing to me are the patrons, represented by widely mixed demographics of age, circumstances, and background. As a photographer, the unifying factor of these racetrack goers is their ability to transcend, through the lens, in to a kind of timelessness that revisits a world when horse racing played a much bigger role in our collective imagination. This phenomenon has a direct link to the beginning of my interest in photography in that my strongest connection has always been to the photographs that predate me and my experience.”
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