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That guy is crazy

Are you confused by this little run of rodeo photos? Are you wondering if my blog has been hacked? What happened to all the derelict buildings I usually photograph?

I’m a little confused by it, too.

Here’s the thing: for the past 10 months, I’ve been working on a project documenting the end of our local auditorium/coliseum facility, which will be demolished before the end of the summer. The rodeo was the last-ever event in the coliseum, so of course I was there. The project, titled “Years of Dreaming,” will debut in August, at a show here in Lubbock. Watch the blog for more information on that.

Another thing that I am confused about is freestyle bullfighting, pictured here, where apparently a man tries to earn points by getting into the ring with a bull. “Crazy” hardly covers it. Maybe “batshit crazy” gets a little closer. Also, the term badass has been used to describe the sport.

Anyway, starting tomorrow, back to the usual stuff.

ABC Pro Rodeo
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.5.2019

There usually is a lone wolf

In any given crowd, there’s probably going to be at least one lone wolf. It was nice of this gentleman to self-identify: it saved us all some time.

ABC Pro Rodeo
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.5.2019

Her memories

Rodeos are new to me. Photographing people is also new to me.

But people using their phone to photograph everything thing in sight? I see that all the time!

ABC Pro Rodeo
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.5.2019

Eyewitnesses

When I made this shot, I thought it was about the bronc rider and the horse.

Turns out I was wrong: it was actually about the row of cowboys back there, behind the pens, paying careful attention to that eight-second ride.

ABC Pro Rodeo
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.6.2019

The rodeo fan

A little girl, wearing a sparkly pink cowboy hat, watches the barrel racers.

ABC Pro Rodeo
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.6.2019

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