Is there anything quite so beautiful – so utterly majestic – as a healthy, muscular horse in motion? Artists and shutterbugs have long been fascinated with capturing this very subject, but Lithuanian photographer Andrius Burba’s new series, the Under-Horse Project has provided a whole new perspective.
In order to create his unique images, Burba and 40 assistants embarked on a massive undertaking dreamed up by the photographer himself.
In what he describes as “the most difficult photoshoot I have ever had,” Burba and his team built a wooden box large enough to house a human and buried it into the ground.
Next, they covered the top of the box with high-quality glass thick enough to support a 1300 pound equine.
Building on the success of his Underlook Cat project, Burba thought of every detail.
He even designed rubber horse shoes to keep the animals from slipping and prevent their hooves from scratching the glass.
Photographs of shiny, powerful horses galloping through open fields tend to show their most commanding angles – rippling muscles, flowing manes, soulful eyes – but these images show a more vulnerable side.
The soft “underbelly” of an animal that has come to symbolize strength, wisdom and endurance.
Maybe it’s that very vulnerability that has captivated so many viewers and inspired them to share the images across social media.
It’s an entirely new and unexpected perspective, but one that is quite beautiful.
What do you think of Burba’s ambitious project?
All Images c/o Andrius Burba/Underlook.org