Ever since I was a little girl I have wondered about the life of the American Cowboy. I have seen every movie and read many books about horses and the western lifestyle but had never experienced it. So I decided it was time to check it out. I always focus on vanishing rituals and lifestyles in my work throughout Asia so why not investigate closer to home. I traveled to the Hideout Ranch in Shell, Wyoming and spent some time making images there with the wonderful staff of wranglers and other photographers too – led by Darryl Guilin and Jeff Vanuga who were great to work with.
It was spectacular in every sense…The ranch magnificent-the landscape varied from rocky moonscapes to aspen groves beginning to turn into their golden fall colors. They practice natural horsemanship and all the training is focused on creating a team between the horse and rider. The cowboys and cowgirls all had unique stories of how they arrived in Wyoming. I will tell the stories in the next posts. The spirit of the west still lives!
Mark here, Stacy just called me upstairs awed at you latest Western series. I must say, the images posted are fantastic. The play of splashing water and light splashed flora in several struck me. The harmony of rider, horse and landscape in dynamic balance on others resonates. Beautiful.
Hope all well with you and wishing you the best from Napa.
thanks so much !!
this trip was fulfilling a lifelong dream
and I would recommend this ranch for a vacation anytime.
sending all warm wishes
hope to see you soon-always remember our wonderful visit with you both !
As usual I am blown away – these are remarkable images that could have been taken in the last century! Your capture of the action and the depth of field is mind-boggeling – I adore this work. Kudos to you.
come visit me…