Like the FCA Rodeo heroes I photograph, one of the key parts of my personality is a competitive spirit. And like the competitors I photograph, the camera-derie (misspelled intentionally) and kinship of the Photographers becomes something that takes us to a new level.
Foothills Cowboys Association (FCA), Mike Copeman, CPRA photographer in Edmonton. Paul Wright, Master PPOC Photographer, Robert Fisher, Photographer/Videographer/Writer/Filmmaker, Charles van den Ouden, Master PPOC Photographer. And the list goes on. Thank you all. There are many little stories that go with the thanks, but they are better over a beer...
These are the folks that joined me on my continuing journey of becoming a worthy photographer.
I can't get on a bull, or ride a horse. But I can try to capture just what it takes to do that.
The shots that you see for sale are the ones that I call the "hero" shots. The ones that showcase a competitors talents, grit, and maybe a bit of their personality.
The shots you see at competition are the ones that the judges want to see. The ones that make them go "Holy ^&*%$". Some of them aren't pretty. I have not published any that end poorly or in injury. Someones heartbreak is not something I want to sell, unless I had their permission. But just like CBC used to say, there is the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. There has to be some shots that aren't "hero" shots.
I split my entry up into 2 of each - 2 victories, and 2, well, not-victories. Both not-victories ended with no injuries.
I scored 3 Excellences, and 1 Merit. I was tied for the highest aggregate score of the competition. And while I am very proud of it, like the competitors I photograph, there is no time to get complacent.
Thank you FCA for letting me be part of your family. You do an amazing job.
Thank you PPOC for letting me be part of your family. You push me just enough to keep me learning. And as Chapter 2 of the book of ger says, "if you're not learning, you're dying..."
2020 FCA rodeo season, here we come!