Horses for Courses – Mr. Johari Lee

Horses for Courses – Mr. Johari Lee
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Me in 1989 a Park Ranger in Waco, Texas. I am riding “Poppie”.

 

I love riding horses. Up until Monday it had been around 20 years since I have sat on anything other than a shepherd’s pony. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook you might know I got a small (two lines) part in an English 10-part series being filmed here in Penang. It is a period piece set in 1932 during the British Raj. I play a military riding instructor. I got he part, not because I am a good actor, but because they needed a Caucasian actor who could ride. In the early 1980s I was a Park Ranger in a huge municipal park just on the edge of Waco Texas. Cameron Park had 400-acre of wooded land that I patrolled daily on horse back. To be safe – remember, it was 20 years ago – the Producer sent me to have my riding skills assessed. It was there I met Mr. Johari Lee. A very nice man who has been riding since he was a child. Johari has been trained as an instructor in Holland and in Australia. Johari gave me great pointers on how to ride English.

I love watching someone who is good at his craft or trade, something they are suited for. Whether it is an artist sculpting a form or a dancer preforming effortlessly. Watching Johari was no different. It was a joy to watch his form and grace in the saddle. It made me miss riding like I haven’t in years.

 

 

f/8, 1/30 sec, at 39mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

Mr. Johari Lee, Chief Riding Instructor at the Penang Turf Club exercising a horse.
f/8, 1/30 sec, at 39mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/6.4, 1/30 sec, at 26.5mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

f/6.4, 1/30 sec, at 26.5mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/9, 1/30 sec, at 32.9mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

f/9, 1/30 sec, at 32.9mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/9, 1/15 sec, at 48.4mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

f/9, 1/15 sec, at 48.4mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/4, 1/200 sec, at 23.3mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

f/4, 1/200 sec, at 23.3mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/4.5, 1/60 sec, at 55mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

f/4.5, 1/60 sec, at 55mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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