Ripley has created twelve large-scale portraits of the Household Cavalry.
The imagery features soldiers from The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals on their horses stood on top of buildings throughout London, overlooking the capital from Trafalgar Square to Canary Wharf.
Ripley completed primary photography with the Household Cavalry at Hyde Park Barracks in 2017, the portraits then took a number of years to complete due to the complex nature in which they are constructed. (please see; method and the timeline below).
The portraits come in various limited editions and sizes, from full-size framed gallery pieces, to luxury box sets and individual collectors prints. Up to fifty percent of the profits raised through upcoming exhibitions, events and private views, will go directly to the Household Cavalry Foundation the official charity for the Household Cavalry.
Pictured below : Photographing background plates from the rooftop of The Lanesborough
2012 - 2014
In 2012 Ripley was in New York photographing background plates for future work, whilst there he took a number of rooftop views and started to formulate ideas about horses being placed on top of buildings affording panoramic views over urban landscapes. ref: ‘Racehorse in Times Square, New York’ - 2012 (view).
By 2014 he had started to form a concept which would involve the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment portrayed as ‘Protectors’ overlooking London and living up to their moniker ’Trusted Guardians’.
At an exhibition held in London in February, Ripley discussed his concept with another attendee who by chance had connections with the Household Cavalry, an introduction soon followed.
Ripley presented his proposal which included a brief outline of his concept and referenced his picture ‘Racehorse in an English Landscape’ - 2014 (view), as well as stills from the James Bond film Skyfall where Bond walks out onto the rooftop of The Department of Energy in Whitehall, looking over the MoD and the Old War Office.
After a change of Commanding Officer and a number of meetings, Ripley began a conversation about how to go about making the concept a reality.
Ripley completed primary photography with the Household Cavalry at Hyde Park Barracks in July.
2018 - 2019
Photography continued in London throughout 2018 and 2019, this involved photographing views throughout the capital with kind permissions from many landmark buildings and the Royal Parks.
Ripley started to compile all the imagery taken, matching the Household Cavalry images to the cityscapes, skies, foreground architectural features and landscapes.
2021 - 2022
Ripley worked through each composition, which took 250+ hrs / 6-8 weeks per picture, and completed creating the twelve portraits on June 1st 2022.
Public and private exhibitions to be held throughout 2023 and onward. Details TBA.
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