Kev's Log:  "Inside Passages"

Log Gallery Slideshow
13-Feb-10

.Winter Geese.

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9-Feb-10

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9-Feb-10

sick day #1

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3-Feb-10

2010 National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show
Denver, Colorado
I decided to take a week off from work, bought a new camera and hung at the stock show.
Oscar Wilde was the guy who said, "Work is the curse of the drinking classes",
lately, I couldn't agree more and with a couple of cowboy friends coming into town for the rodeo,
my mission was to rid myself of the "curse"...


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3-Feb-10

Eric Swenson, Denison, TX
(currently ranked #1 in the world)
Pre-Ride, Rigging Room, Denver, CO

I began shooting Rodeo in 1973 in Phoenix, AZ.
It was always black and white images back then. 400 Tri-X.
While "getting acquainted" with the new (Canon 7D) camera,
I figured some b/w images were once again "in order".
The "behind the scenes" dark, ambiance dictated that.
(ISO 6,500) 
Eric and I have been friends for quite a few years now, he afforded me some great access on my rodeo project this week.
Not much photography takes place in the cowboys "inner sanctums"

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3-Feb-10

Eric Swenson on "Pale Face"
Bareback Bronc Riding,
developed in the rodeo arena many years ago and consistently produces some of the wildest action in the sport.
A bareback rider begins his ride with his feet placed above the break of the horse's shoulder. If the cowboy's feet are not in the correct position when the horse hits the ground on its first jump out of the chute, the cowboy has failed to "mark out" the horse properly and is disqualified.
Throughout the eight second ride, the cowboy must grasp the rigging with only one hand.
A rider is disqualified if he touches his equipment, himself or the animal with his free hand or
...bucks off.

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3-Feb-10

Eric Swenson
To stay aboard the horse, a bareback rider uses a rigging made of leather and constructed to meet PRCA safety specifications.
The rigging, which resembles a suitcase handle on a strap, is placed atop the horse's withers and secured with a cinch.
Rodeo competition falls into one of two categories: roughstock events or timed events. Roughstock events are the 8 second scored riding events of professional rodeo: saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and bull riding.

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3-Feb-10

Eric Swenson
Bareback riding is the most physically demanding event in rodeo.
Immense physical stress is placed on the arm and back, and bareback riders face more long-term injuries, such as elbow and lower back problems, than other roughstock cowboys.
Eric has sustained his share of injuries and broken bones.
"It's a tough way to make a living, all right". 
Eric's PRCA career earnings have exceeded $510,448.00

 

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3-Feb-10

"I don't think there are enough country boys around anymore who think getting jerked around by a wild horse is a lot of fun!" 
his superstitions include:
No hat on the bed and he doesn’t eat chicken on the days he rides because the thought is
‘you are what you eat’…
His most challenging ride was during the 2005 Winter Tour Finale in Reno when he scored 90 points…
His favorite rodeo is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo,
dream livestock to draw would be "Grated Coconut" of the Calgary Stampede string.

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3-Feb-10

Sore, tired and back in the rigging room, Eric considers his 81 point ride on "Pale Face"
and the tough, long road that lies ahead of him on 2010 pro-rodeo circut.

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