Steve Hart has been taking photographs of thoroughbreds for 25 years but his love affair with racing began when he was a kid.
On school holidays to the central coast Steve’s parents would take him to Wyong and Gosford races and, as Steve puts it, “I got the bug”
After discovering a passion for photography at school, he eventually took a job at Fletchers Photographics where he honed his skills by undertaking a number of courses.
In 1986 Steve opened his own business and he hasn’t looked back.
While his photography skills aren’t limited to racehorses-Steve’s work also extends to other sports and weddings along with studio and aerial shots-the animals provide his greatest source of inspiration.
In the early years Steve, who is based at Point Clare on the NSW central coast, travelled the state following the Country Cups circuit for NSW Country Racing Magazine.
He now attends meetings at all the major tracks along the eastern seaboard including Randwick and Rosehill in Sydney.
Steve is also a regular at both the William Inglis and Son and The Magic Millions sales and his long-term clients include Tyreel Stud & Reavill Farm.
While Steve enjoys capturing thoroughbreds from behind the lens he also has first hand experience of the thrills of ownership having raced a number of horses over the years including Cartier and open class miler Can You Dance.
Steve’s photo’s, like the sport he loves, mix action, emotion and atmosphere.
His favourite is the shot he took of the thrilling three-way finish to the 1996 Rosehill Guineas when the champion Octagonal narrowly defeated the great Saintly with Nothin’ Leica Dane third.
Along with photographs of the turf’s champions, Steve also captures all the action from Sydney’s Saturday metropolitan meetings and his pictures are available for purchase by owners and the general public.
He also produces a range of t-shirts, coffee mugs, stubbie holders and mouse pads, complete with a picture of your favourite horse.
Photographs or novelty items can be purchased from Steve by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0413 731 658.
By Mandy Cottell.