You have been warned
Prior to becoming a photographer, I thought my artistic calling was in poetry. Yes! Poetry! I fell into this aspiration through attending the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, several times, a trip that’s not as off the wall as it sounds. Trust me. Anyway, as I got more knowledgeable about cowboy poets, I was able to take workshops with a couple of the very best writers in that field (or any writing field, if you want to know my opinion). And, while I did not pursue writing poetry to the extent I’d anticipated, I am eternally grateful to those poets, Linda M. Hasselstrom and Paul Zarzkyski; both of them took a strong interest in my work and were very encouraging. I am certain that the artistic confidence I began to feel during my work with both of them influences my photography.
Anyway, that somehow (believe it or not!) brings me to Butte, Montana. The only reason I planned a stop in Butte on our road trip was because I had many lines of Paul’s poem “Why I Like Butte!” in my head and felt that was enough to warrant a stop.
So, the only reason I know that laundromats in downtown Butte have very stern warnings taped to their windows is because of cowboy poetry.
Posted on September 24, 2020, in Photography and tagged 365 photo project, black and white photography, Butte, elko, learning to see, Linda M. Hasselstrom, melinda green harvey, monochrome, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, one day one image, Paul Zarsyski, photo a day, photography, postaday, road trip, take time to look, thoughtful seeing, travel photography. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
A great poem! I will just have to go to Butte someday!
Paul Z is a poetic genius, if you ask me.
I want to go back to Butte when I’ve got a few days to spend – there are about a million things I want/need to photograph.