Ewan Races

26 May

This series of five pictures does not have an X-ray in it! These were taken at the Ewan Country Race meeting in Northern Queensland a couple of years ago. As an experiment I’ve rendered them in black-and-white with just a touch of colour in each. I’m asking for comments and suggestions on technique and choice of subject.

Betting J

Studying Form

Belles J

The Belles

Kids at the races J

Stable boys

Punters J



The Race

12 Responses to “Ewan Races”

  1. annerose May 27, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    They look goo, Tony subtle but striking colour. The red shirt might be too strong. Your series explains all the different characters, it reminds me of the movie, “The Sting.”

    • annerose May 27, 2016 at 7:36 am #

      I mean good! not goo…

      • Xraypics May 27, 2016 at 9:56 am #

        Goo is goo(d) too!

      • annerose May 28, 2016 at 1:24 am #


  2. leecleland May 27, 2016 at 7:57 am #

    OK Tony you asked for it 🙂 Studying the form works really well. The Belle I find the red/yellow a bit jarring, maybe if you made a third area (like the handbag) the same colour the eye would move around the image. At the moment my eye goes to the hats and stays there. Stable Boys is a great shot. The Punters I love that red! (It’s all in the eye of the beholder). The blacks in this shot are darker and really work with the red. The Race, I like how you have made only part of the track the same colour as the jockey. In all Tony a great series.
    I love that each image is part of a seemingly introduction to the cast (for a play?) with each member or group about to play their part. You’ve captured the cast of the country race meeting to a T.

    • Xraypics May 27, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      Thanks Lee, I really appreciate the comments! I’ll have another look at the girls. Cheers.

  3. heatherlamont May 27, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    This series captures the excitement and buzz of Ewan races. I enjoy the jockeys relaxing in the background before their race. I love the touches of bright colour depicting everyone as they were, colourful, enthusiastic and hopeful. This is a series that I will keep returning to.

  4. juergenkuester May 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Lieber Tony!

    Deine XRAy – Bilder haben es mir oft schwer gemacht durch ihre FĂĽlle der Farben, Linien und Flächen zum Kern Deiner Aussage vorzudringen. Ohne die erklärenden Worte hätte ich vieles nicht verstanden.

    Das ist hier ganz anders. Der Zugang zu den „Ewan Races“ ist mir leicht gefallen und ich mag diese Bilder. Die Reduzierung auf Schwarz/weiß mit farbigen Elementen finde ich ein gelungenes stilistische Mittel. Ich mag das Reduzierte.

    Es gibt Menschen zu sehen, wunderbar! Insbesondere die beiden kräftigen Damen „the Belles“ , haben es mir richtig angetan. Tolle Frauen! Tolles Photo! Aber auch „The Punters“ , diese gestandenen Männer in ihrer schauenden Anspannung finde ich gut getroffen.

    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe Juergen

    • Xraypics May 27, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      My dear Juergen, thankyou so much for your comments. As it should happen my favourite is the punters, though I also like the three boys. still, i think the set of five tells a story when viewed together. Thanks also for the comment on my abstract art – the X-rays – as you can guess, this is where my heart lies. It is good to have different approaches and techniques – as you too use. All the very best to you too. Tony

  5. burgessart June 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Tony there is only one question to ask yourself…..how do YOU feel about the images? If you really like what happened here….do MORE…..and MORE! Experiment and keep asking the same question. The art will guide you……
    If you are really honest to YOUR authenic vision that is all that matters.
    PS……do like all these photographs!

    • Xraypics June 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks so much, and that’s good advice. They have raised a storm of comments on Facebook; some for and others against. I liked them otherwise they wouldn’t have been published. And I still do. Your work is very much “out there” and I would like to emulate you. Your comment most appreciated.

      • burgessart June 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

        Thanks Tony……anything you do some will like and some won’t. And if most don’t you are on your way to greatness……the tide always turns. Keep up the good work!

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