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Riding at Daybreak: 1948

Riding at Daybreak: 1948

My 7-year-old sister Gail riding her horse through the streets of Geelong, Australia, on an early Sunday morning in 1948. She grew up to breed Australian Ponies. View full size.

Composition

Amazing pic ... the youth of the rider, the emptiness of the street, the shadows...

Interesting Photo!

Reminds me very much of Giorgio de Chirico's surreal and mysterious landscapes.

All four hooves off the ground

That's not your average 7-year-old!

 
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