Kurt Arrigo is a self-taught photographer from Malta. He has 20 years experience and has published two coffee table books, Malta: A Coastal Journey and Grand Harbour Malta. His work has also been featured in a number of major international magazines. In 1995, he was awarded third place in the Underwater World Championships of Photography and two years later was included in the Communications Arts Photography Annual.
My excitement mounted as I prepared my diving equipment and assembled my Nikon with its underwater housing. About a week before, I had been driving by the coast near where I live and I spotted horses swimming in the waves. Apparently, this is a special exercise for these race horses. Intrigued by the thought of a new challenge, I spoke to one of the trainers and arranged an appointment so I could take some pictures.
By the time I got to the beach, it was almost 4pm and the sun was getting lower in the sky – perfect for pictures I had in mind. I waited patiently on the shore until the trainer, who actually swims with the horses, was ready to cover all the details with me. He had a few concerns about stressing the horse, so we discussed safety precautions and I explained exactly what I intended to do.