Steven Edson

Documentary Photographer
Polo Match
Location: Boston, Ma
Nationality: USA
Biography: As a documentary photographer working on personal as well as client projects, I enjoy collaborating with print and digital creatives to help tell the vital stories about the relationships of people to people, places and objects. It never ceases to... read on
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Polo Match
Credits: steven edson
Updated: 09/19/16
Location: Portsmouth, RI
This project started out as a specific match on a foggy afternoon at the Newport International Polo Club in Portsmouth, RI. The fog and mist only added to the mood and dynmaics of this ancient sport. I have added images from several matches. Polo originated in Persia and is a team sport played on horseback. The objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small white plastic ball into the opposing team's goal using a long-handled mallet. The traditional sport of polo is played on a grass field up to 300 by 160 yards (270 by 150 m). You can fit over 10 football fields into one polo field. Each team consists of four riders and their mounts. Field polo is played with a solid plastic sphere (ball) which has replaced the wooden version of the ball in much of the sport. Each player has multiple horses that they switch out between each period. Fascinating game with a lot of waiting as the referee (also on a horse) makes calls and sets up penalty shots. Maybe this is why so many people tailgate with food and wine and make it quite an enjoyable event to go to.

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