Sebastiano Vitale was perched facing backwards on a quad bike, tearing across a vast field in Argentina. He clutched his camera closely as 500 polo ponies streamed around him.
These dynamic horses and ponies lead to powerful images shot by Vitale, an artist and photographer from Torino, Italy. He has created art his entire life, including everything from commercial works, to luxury projects, to human rights issues and horses.
The artist began his full-time, professional art career in 1998 and took up photography in 2010. “I only took one half hour photography class and the rest came naturally” Vitale states.
Vitale said the technical aspect of capturing photos is very simple but composition is instinctive. He said the instinct “can be tamed, but it cannot be taught.” After working with music, video and mixed media for many years, photography is now Vitale’s main medium.
Although Vitale loves to ride, he said he isn’t very good. Despite this, he has spent a lot of time documenting horses and their behaviours.
“I have been always fascinated by horses, by their beauty, by the fact that they are a living means of transportation, used for thousands of years,” Vitale said. “I dream of traveling for months riding a horse, crossing countries and remote areas."