It’s not for the faint of heart. The thundering hooves, the spray of mud, the glory of the game—and that’s from the photographer’s point of view. Daniel Root, a popular Portland sports and lifestyle photographer, illuminates the gritty reality of the equestrian sport with portraits of jockeys from Portland Meadows. With individual images, Root captures the athletes’ energy, mere moments after stepping off the track. Their emotive facial expressions, splattered with mud, reflect the varied levels of their success. (Hint: the cleaner the face, the better the finish.)
“Shooting at Portland Meadows is an unique experience. Being so close to the power of these incredible animals during a track race is intense. You can literally feel the pounding in your chest as they speed by.” —Daniel Root
Daniel Root is a sports and lifestyle photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His mandate on shoots is to create an atmosphere where authentic moments can happen. This methodology and unique visual approach have led him to work for local, national, and international clients such as adidas, Brooks, Intel, Manchester United, and Nike as well as a variety of publications. For more information, please visit his website, Daniel Root Photography.
On view December 3rd, 2012 – January 31st, 2013