“Go West, young man ...” 

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As the last rays of sunlight fell upon Coalinga, California’s Iron Zoo with just one frame left on my last roll of Ektachrome, the photo gods smiled upon me.

Bannack Days, Bannack, Montana.

Bannack Days, Bannack, Montana.

Melody Ranch, Jackson Wyoming.  Thank you to working cowboy and Guggenheim grant-winning photographer Jay Dusard for arranging access to the branding.

Melody Ranch, Jackson Wyoming.

Thank you to working cowboy and Guggenheim grant-winning photographer Jay Dusard for arranging access to the branding.

Family table, Aztec Restaurant, Aztec, New Mexico.  Walking across the restaurant to look at a painting, I saw this family talking at the dinner table like we all did back in the day before cell phones.

Family table, Aztec Restaurant, Aztec, New Mexico.

Walking across the restaurant to look at a painting, I saw this family talking at the dinner table like we all did back in the day before cell phones.

John, Eagle County, Colorado, 1989.

John, Eagle County, Colorado, 1989.

George Sutton, Ruby’s Diner, Laguna Beach California.  While I didn’t plan on making a portrait, I wondered what the Coca Cola sign would look like with the lens wide open. George obliged me with a quintessential pose.  George’s wife Lois gave me his Banana Republic photojournalist vest after George passed away. Wearing it brings back fond memories of our many adventures.

George Sutton, Ruby’s Diner, Laguna Beach California.

While I didn’t plan on making a portrait, I wondered what the Coca Cola sign would look like with the lens wide open. George obliged me with a quintessential pose.

George’s wife Lois gave me his Banana Republic photojournalist vest after George passed away. Wearing it brings back fond memories of our many adventures.

Cow boss, Bondurant Wyoming.  Gerry Endicott graciously posed for a picture before reminding the crew: “Guys, we’re wastin’ daylight!”

Cow boss, Bondurant Wyoming.

Gerry Endicott graciously posed for a picture before reminding the crew: “Guys, we’re wastin’ daylight!”

Where the heck is Wall Drug?

Where the heck is Wall Drug?

Born to be a cowboy.

Born to be a cowboy.

Michael Pearson, Bondurant Wyoming.  While I was making pictures of anvils and saddles in the barn, the cowboys came in and saddled up their horses. The soft, even light inside was perfect for a quick portrait.

Michael Pearson, Bondurant Wyoming.

While I was making pictures of anvils and saddles in the barn, the cowboys came in and saddled up their horses. The soft, even light inside was perfect for a quick portrait.

Diamond Belle Saloon, Durango Colorado.

Diamond Belle Saloon, Durango Colorado.