Having a grand time
in snow up to my knees
shooting at the ranch in Wyoming
horses and cowboys flying through the landscape
Wearing 3 hats – 2 pairs of gloves and 2 pairs of socks
long underwear and ski pants
many layers of fleece
knee high Arctic muck out boots
my cameras wound around my neck
We start early in the morning
its cold and windy – dark and beautiful…
then the sun comes up and hits the painted mountain ridges
and the horses come flying through the snow drifts
and everything is glowing
and you don’t feel anything but joy !!
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!
Luke The Duke