Okay, okay, so I’m a city boy. With soft hands, to boot. But back this summer, I had the chance to spend time with some cowboys at Frank Robson’s Double R Ranch in Centralia, Oklahoma. It was shipping day, and I’d been asked along to help record the day photographically. As I did so, I was deeply impressed by the skill, the dignity, and the gentlemanly bearing of those who rode and roped and made everything go so smoothly. I’m not only a better photographer from having enjoyed the challenged of recording at least a modicum of the copious action that happened throughout the day, but I’d like to think I’m a better person, too. As I said already, I’m a city boy, but I sure do admire those cowboys, how they carry themselves, and how they live their lives. If I wore a hat, I’d tip it to them. As it is, I’ll simply say thanks for the memories.
I suppose I should explain the video at the bottom of this blog post. Frank asked me to put together an album of the best pictures of the day, that he might be able to give a copy to each of his hands, in gratitude and respect for all that they had done for him. I was glad to do so, and even more glad to see how well it turned out. What you will see in the video are, in order, the cover and then the 20 “spreads” that make up the album. I thought you might like to see for yourself how it turned out.
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