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Rope Poetry


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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.

😉

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Black Hats ~ White Hat Sequence

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Sleight of Hand

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Right At Ya!

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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.

Posted by bigdawg on February 9, 2013

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