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Steer Roping ( ‘steer tripping’ in the vernacular) is a rodeo event of some discussion and dissension.
In deference to those who afforded me the opportunity to shoot this event I am choosing to focus the images in this post on the artistic team of horse, rope and cowboy.
In sorting and processing the day’s images I was amazed at the linear visual poetry that was the rope in (or out of) the cowboy’s hands.
The rope has a life of its own, a presence of its own.
Hearing this, the cowboys out there are no doubt guffawing … but they must feel like artists with the rope?
The horses I have witnessed this week are well bred and finely kept, well trained and well exercised.
They are athletes in their own right.
This rodeoing is a huge investment in what some have frankly referred to as a hobby, for some a paying hobby, but still a hobby.
Much the same as the photography passion.
Black Hats ~ White Hat Sequence
Sleight of Hand
Right At Ya!
Thank you to my hosts, Tom Thompson and Linda Rhodes of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.
A special thank you to a new friend and fellow photographer, Dudley Barker.