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?

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Wild Woman Artists

Are you going to the 31st Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada? If so, Trish (A Wild Woman Artist) and myself (Guest Artist) will be part of an amazing show and sale at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery right across the parking lot from the Western Folklife Center.

This event is free and open to the public.

Support the arts, buy art for your Valentine!

Hope to see you there!

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Artist Reception: Thursday January 29th, 2015 – 5 – 8 pm

Show hours: Friday January 30th, 2015 – Noon to 8 pm

Saturday January 31st, 2015 10 am – 6 pm

Kathleen Durham’s Underwood Story Hour Saturday January 31st, 2015 – 11 am

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Duncan LittleCreek Gallery & Bar

518 Commercial Street

Elko, Nevada 89801

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Artists:

Susan Church – Metal sculpture

Kathleen Durham – Stories in cloth and clay

Kristen Frantzen-Orr – Art Glass beads and jewelry

Barbara Prodaniuk – Clay

Gail Rappa – Jewelry

Trish Reynolds – Photography

Sidne Teske – Paintings

Guest Artists:

Marti Bein – Paintings

Teresa Jordan – Artist and Author

Deon Reynolds – Photography

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

 

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

New Photographic Project

Ever since returning from FotoFest in Houston, Texas, I have been working in a new photographic direction. The reviewers at FotoFest helped me greatly in defining new concepts and ideas for projects. Now my head is swimming in fresh ideas, finding myself eager to get out and shoot.

My first idea is called “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed”, it’s a collection of images depicting the cowboy in the past tense. I have been traveling around Nevada searching for places where cowboys once roamed, finding broken down corrals, abandon ranches, and ranch houses, places of the past.

Abandon Ranch along the Reese River, north of Austin, Nevada

Detail of a once used corral in central Nevada

What’s left of corrals on an abandon ranch south of Battle Mountain, Nevada

Abandon ranch south of Battle Mountain, Nevada

Gateway to abandon ranch land in the Santa Rosa Range of Nevada

Abandon ranch with old car in Newark Valley, Nevada

Cattle Chute at an abandon ranch in Nevada’s Newark Valley

Where have all the cowboys gone?