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?

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

 

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?