A subculture with a huge attraction to, in particular, girls between the ages of 7 and 11. Horses. Grooming them, giving them love and care, dreaming of adventures. The total surrender to a big animal, the feeling of being needed and possession, somehow it’s irresistible to girls until around the age of 11. The age when, well, let’s say boys and other kinds of love become interesting. I entirely recognize myself (former pony girl) in it, and one visit to the riding school will show, nothing changed in 22 years.
I photographed these girls as they walk around the stables, very serious and with complete devotion. On the other hand, I also wanted to leave enough space for the viewer to feel disarmed, sentiment, softness and a bit of recognition.