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Ben Griggs
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The Horse Race

This triptych is part of a wider body of work in which I have explored the sport of horse racing. I was interested to find out what it is that makes the races so popular. I have come to the realisation that there are a plethora of factors behind their ever-growing popularity.

Perhaps the most evident is the system of betting which has been intrinsic to horse racing since its inception and helps separate it from other sports. The centrality of betting to the sport is derived from the unpredictability of a live animal; indeed the horse could choose to do anything, at any given time.

These photographs exhibit the three primary perspectives that a race day observer may experience. The complementing portfolio explores the social tendencies of the horse racing clique, and how they have remained largely unchanged since the early races in the sixteenth century.

The photographs provide an insight to a sport that is, in many respects, unique and has an enduring popularity.



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