Malovrh's photo exhibition Silent hoofbeats is an opportunity to meet the herd
of young Lipizzaner stallions in the fresh light of a winter morning.
were taken in the winter of 2014 at the Lipica Stud Farm dislocated unit Ravne,
where young Lipizzaner stallions grow in total freedom of their natural environment,
protected by centennial stone-made walls. Their pride, strength, temperament
and character are developed formed during the years of life at Ravne. With each
change of the seasons their grey colour becomes lighter and finally almost
photographer Milan Malovrh has dedicated a series of his exhibitions to the expressive
beauty of the Lipizzaner horses. He took photos of the Lipizzaners of the
Lipica Stud Farm as well as of the Lipizzaners of the Slovenian Lipizzaner
Breeding Association. In winter of 2014
young stallions at Ravne captured his attention. He photographed them in the
clear light of winter mornings, when low temperatures clear the sky, supported
by the team of grooms, dedicated to take care of the stallions and the Ravne
stallions were pretty confident when meeting Milan Malovrh, getting in contact
with them was an experience to remember. A bigger photographic challenge was
the constant movement of the younger herd of one- and two-year-old stallions. Every
time he tried to get closer to them, they immediately ran away. All they left
behind was the sound of their hoofbeats – captured in the most photos.
Malovrh thus presents the essence of the horses, portraying them in continuous
movement and absolute freedom. Horses are the archetype of freedom we all long
for, he explains. He uses two cameras with 24-120 mm and 70-200 mm lenses,
focusing on the same motive and of the same focal length, but with different
camera settings. Finally he joins the photographs from both cameras together,
achieving a clearly expressed motive, surrounded by the multi-layered surroundings and movement.
sensation of freedom, strength and connection between the stallions in the herd
is unique. Besides this, a herd of young stallions can only be photographed in
a very few locations, in Europe only in the state stud farms with centuries-long
tradition of horse breeding. Lipica, the original stud farm of the Lipizzaner horse
breed, has got an important role among them«, Malovrh says.
to these facts and to the commitment to horse welfare in the photos there are
also some older horses. In their best years they opened the doors to the world
of classical dressage and carriage driving to the visitors of Lipica. Now they
are retired, enjoying days of absolute freedom at Ravne again.