‘California Chrome’ - Ripley 2015
Ripley's portrait of the American 'Horse Of The Year 2014 & 2016’ stood in front of the world famous Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Primary photography was completed in April 2015 in Newmarket, England. California Chrome was in the UK to race at Royal Ascot in June that year, but due to a minor hoof injury was unable to race at the event.
"Having been in Los Angeles creating some background imagery for 'future ideas' and taken numerous images of the Concert Hall, when thinking about the environment in which to place California Chrome it seemed appropriate to place him in front of the contemporary metal clad building rather than a more traditional thoroughbred scene".
Many photographs of the building had been taken, but in order to flow the dramatic lines of the architecture around the anatomy of the horse, elements were changed such as adjusting the orientation of the building and extending the foreground paving in order to give the correct perspective. Sky was added and colour tones carefully blended throughout the portrait, which all add to the cohesiveness of the final piece.