This image came about as a direct result from an exploration of photographic portraiture. I was inspired by Eugène Atget's street photography of the late 1800's in Paris, France, and also the many statues that surround the Oregon State Capitol. I felt the representation of the horses in those statues said something interesting about the mysteries of the human spirit. The mask and the traditional pose was my attempt to highlight that connection. My collection of masks and search for creative ideas among the unusual led me to this photograph.