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Rosie. West Lothian-Oatridge Equestrian Centre Oatridge Equestrian Centre.
You arrive at the centre via a University campus. I got lost and nearly ended up at a set of farmhouses. The centre’s design is purely functional and was slightly lost in its landscape. I signed in and walked into the interior and saw all of the spaces where the horses do their training. The red and white stripy bars were nice and colourful but otherwise it felt quite empty.
I went outside for a walk and ended up in a barley field looking back at the building. Its geometry struck me and reminded me of Edward Hopper, broad strips of green, blue, grey and black with white blocks of stripes. I took a few shots and thought that what was missing from this was really a horse. Some staff introduced me to two horses, Rosy and Linda. Linda was very nervous and had to keep her eye on Rosy or she’d act out. I placed Rosy near the centre of the shot, like a slice of American Wild West.
Rosie. West Lothian-Oatridge Equestrian Centre Damian Shields 2014
Images © Scottish Civic Trust, shown courtesy of Damian Shields Client: Scottish Civic Trust