If ever there was a group that justified the phrase ‘mixed bunch’, it would be horse race crowds. From the serious punter nose-deep in statistics to the casual racegoer enjoying an excuse for a pint, you’ll find the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the country set and the townies.

Yorkshire-based street photographer Peter Bartlett spent much of 2019 visiting race meetings in the north of England, to capture a fly on the wall document of attendees enjoying a day out. And his photo series ‘A Day at the Races’, captures the chaotic energy of racing culture dramatically and entertainingly.

In hindsight, Peter’s candid photos also draw attention to the easy frivolity of pre-pandemic race days. With spectator sports set to continue behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, we wonder when we’ll witness such carefree dynamics again?

A limited-edition photobook of A Day at the Races will be published through ADM Publications in October, for £12.50-£20. It’s available for preorder now, here.

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