Did Cliven Bundy Kill the Cowboy?

Did Cliven Bundy kill the cowboy?

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For two decades I have been photographing the cowboy and the country they work. These folks don’t warm up to strangers with cameras too quickly, so it’s of no surprise it took several years after moving to Eureka, Nevada that a few ranchers started to invited us to photograph their ranching activities.062212a#30(GreenspringsBranding)

For purely esthetic reasons, I focus my attention on the ranchers that cowboy in a more traditional manor. Attending and photographing traditional ranching activities really ended up more like photographing a major family gathering, so no wonder these folks don’t want some pesky photographer around for their traditional family get togethers!

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Over the years I have enjoyed success with showing and selling images from this ever evolving body of work.

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But, in the last year, galleries and museums alike have been turning cold to the idea of a show about the cowboy.

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Even galleries that expressed interest in my cowboy work are now turning their back…

Turns out this phenomena was created out of politics, citing distancing themselves from the idea of Cliven Bundy and how Americans are currently perceiving the modern day rancher. Did Cliven Bundy kill the romantic ideal of the American Cowboy image?

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Thoughts? Opinions?

Annenberg Slideshow

It was truly great to have been selected by The Annenberg Space for Photography for their “Slideshow Night” as part of their show, “Country”. The Annenberg Space for Photography has put my slideshow on their website for all to view!

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Mustang Windmill

Click here to view the entire slideshow on the Annenberg Space for Photography’s website.

 

Renown Healing Arts

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“Stillwater Windmill”, photographed on film with a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera, is one of 15 framed prints from my “Where Cowboys Roam” portfolio purchased by the Renown Healing Arts Program in Reno, Nevada. I am thrilled to have my limited edition photographs in the largest art collection in Nevada! As a board member of the Nevada Arts Council, we were given a tour of the amazing art found within the walls of Renown Health. Truly, a hidden gem of art in Reno and well worth the time to explore.

Find out more about the Renown Healing Arts HERE. Renown has just added my work to their website. The website shows all of the artists in the program and where you can find the art within the facility. Click HERE to view all of the artist in the Renown Healing Arts Program.

Annenberg Space for Photography

Last month, I was contacted by a photo curator at the Annenberg Space for Photography. She was seeking the work of photographers who have been creating exceptional photography that explores the world, its creatures, history and evolution and requested a submission of my plastic panoramic images for an upcoming slide show night. Once I returned home, it took me more than a day to edit, file prep and up-load the thirty images for the high resolution slide show. The theme for the slide show follows their current exhibit “Country: Portrait of an American Sound“. This special, one-night showcase at the Annenberg Space for Photography will feature work from 25 “Noted Photographers“. What a thrill to be on this list!

Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Ave of the Stars #10

Los Angeles, CA. 90067

The following images are but a small sampling from the slide show. They were all created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic” disposable camera re-loaded with black & white film.

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Mustang Windmill, Diamond Valley, Nevada

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Craft Ranch, New Mexico

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Martin Ranch, Nevada

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Coldwater, Texas

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Green Springs Ranch, Nevada

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Prospect Peak, Nevada

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Antelope Valley, Nevada

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Cow Camp Wells, Utah

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Newark Valley, Nevada

 

Metro Gallery

I currently have a solo exhibition of my plastic panoramic photography hanging at the Metro Gallery in Reno, Nevada.

“Where Cowboys Roam” is on view throughout  the month of ArtTown (Reno is ArtTown). I hope everyone has the opportunity to come out and see the show.

All of the images in the show were created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with B&W film, archival printing on Hahnemühle fine art paper.

June 17th – July 26th

We will be hosting a closing reception Thursday July 25th 5:30 – 7:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Metro Gallery

1 East First Street

Reno, NV 89501

8:00 – 5:00 pm  –  Mon – Fri

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Nevada State Museum Show

Here it is, for those of you who could not attend the opening of my show “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed”. The folks at the museum did a fantastic job with the installation and I am very pleased with the results.

The show will be up through September 29th, 2012.

Nevada State Museum

in the Springs Preserve

309 S. Valley View Blvd.

Las Vegas, Nevada 89107

Friday – Monday 10:00 – 6:00

702-486-5205

 

Black, White & Shades of Grey

I have a show of 33 prints hanging at Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada from January 23rd – March 9th. This show is an expanded and second generation presentation of my sold out “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed” show.

Please join us Tuesday January 31st for an Artist Talk 4:30 – 5:00 and then a reception with refreshments from 5:00 – 7:00 in the Leonard Center for Student Life on the Elko, Nevada Campus of Great Basin College.

Along with my show of Panoramic photographic prints, Larry Hyslop is exhibiting his wonderful Ceramic Sculptures, both of us will be on hand to answer questions about our art and artistic process.

A Presentation of GBC Art Gallery

1500 College Parkway

Elko, NV 89801

All of the images were created using either a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film, or a Superheadz Black Slim Devil plastic camera also with Kodak Tri-X film run through it.

Here is a small sampling of photographs that will be seen at the show.

“Stillwater Windmill” was photographed just east of the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge near Fallon, Nevada

“Blackbird Ranch” was photographed along US-50 east of Austin, Nevada

“Green Springs Fence” was photographed at the Green Springs Ranch at the North end of Railroad Valley

“Potts Fence” was photographed at Potts Ranch in Monitor Valley

“Diamond Windmill” was photographed at the North end of Diamond Valley

Review LA / Photo LA

I have been very busy the past few weeks preparing for Review LA. Printing a new portfolio, creating a new leave-behind, business cards, etc, etc… I signed up for nine reviews during Review LA, held at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica, California January 14th & 15th. I have previously met with two of my reviewers at Photolucida in 2009, and one reviewer I met only in passing at FotoFest last year. The rest are all new to me. I am driving to LA from our very remote community in Central Nevada. I am more nervous about driving in LA than the review itself.

I am showing a continuation of my series “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed”. This will be the first time I have shown a completed body of work at a portfolio review. This series was all shot on Tri-X film through several Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras. I eagerly await sharing these images with everyone there.

Also at the same time, just across the street at the Santa Monica Convention Center Photo LA is being held. I’m looking forward to walking the largest photographic show and sale west of New York City. On the final day of Review LA they are hosting a party for all of the photographers. This should be a great way to network with art buyers and collectors that are attending Photo LA.

Artist Reception at the Western Folklife Center

Please join us in Elko to celebrate Nevada Day, Saturday October 30th at the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery for an Artists Reception from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for my “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed” show. Trish and I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!  The Western Folklife Center has many activities throughout the day during their Community Open House and all are welcome.  Details below.

Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Nevada Day weekend with your family and friends? The Western Folklife Center and Utah State University’s Special Collections & Archives invites ranchers, cowboys, ranch hands and other Elko County residents to a Community Open House on Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. USU staff will be at the on hand to collect and preserve stories, photographs, diaries, letters and other documents reflecting ranch and rural life. The day will be dedicated to sharing everyday stories of life in northern Nevada so current and future generations may enjoy them.

Do you have photographs and documents you want to preserve and share with others? Bring 20 of your favorite images to the Open House. We will scan them, collect information and send you home with your originals plus digital copies to easily share and print. We are especially interested in photographs that depict the story of ranching today including people, buildings and activities. The scanned images will become part of the USU Special Collections & Archives’ Ranch Family Documentation Project. The USU librarians will also share some of the best ways to store your photographs and other valued documents so future generations can enjoy your images and stories.

The Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery will be open during the Open House with free admission all day. There are three exhibitions in the Gallery: Ranch Gates of the Southwest—a photographic look at one of the most recognizable cultural artifacts of Americana, representing the people and landscapes of the American West; Where the Cowboy Once Roamed—an exhibition of black and white panoramic images created by Nevada photographer Deon Reynolds using a Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic 35 disposable camera; and, A Tribute to the Brian Winter Will James Collection—an exhibition featuring original artwork and classic books by renowned artist and author Will James. Deon Reynolds, photographer for Where the Cowboy Once Roamed will be on hand to discuss his work during an exhibit reception scheduled from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Food and drinks will be served throughout the day.

Special thanks to Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library; Brad Cole, Associate Dean Special Collections and Archives; Dan Davis, Photograph Curator; and Randy Williams, Folklore Curator & Oral History Specialist. Thanks also to the Utah Humanities Council, Utah Division of State History and the Union Pacific Foundation. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Union Pacific Foundation.

I began exploring ideas and images for ‘Where the Cowboys Once Roamed’ when I was creating scenic photos for the coffee table book ‘NEVADA’. Originally, I was captivated by the beautiful landscapes of the high desert. Though, during my travels through the state I found evidence of an era gone by and realized it was deteriorating rather quickly. Around that same time, I began playing with Kodak “Funsaver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras and found the format complimented the landscape while the low-fi camera quality evoked a sense of history creating the perfect look for my new found, disintegrating subject matter.

Western Folklife Center

501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada

Located in the Historic Pioneer Hotel

Open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Open Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Closed Sundays and Holidays.

Artist Reception Saturday October 30th

You are invited to an artist reception at the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery, Saturday October 30th 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Photographers Deon Reynolds of the Where the Cowboy Once Roamed and Daniel Olsen and Henk Van Assen of the Ranch Gates of the Southwest exhibition will be present.

Also, join us Saturday, October 30th for a Ranching Community Open House as the Western Folklife Center and Utah State University’s Fife Folklife Archives co-host a free open house to share, collect and preserve the photographs and stories of ranching life today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Following the open house will be a reception and tours of our Wiegand Gallery exhibitions, beginnning at 4:00 pm and concluding at 6:00 pm.

Western Folklife Center

501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada

Located in the Historic Pioneer Hotel

Open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Open Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Closed Sundays and Holidays.