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cowboys Jay B Sauceda photography

Jay B. Sauceda is an Austin-based photographer originally from South Texas. This is his series on poetic cowboys. He writes:

‘I met a group of old school cowboys out in Terlingua, Texas a couple years back while horseback riding. One of them, Tom Nall, mentioned that he’d be traveling out to the Alpine Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Sul Ross University. It sounded like an interesting opportunity, so I packed up my gear and headed out west. The end result was this project, All Around Cowboys, which I produced over the course of three days. I went back again this year to gather a few more portraits for a project with Pentagram Austin.’

cowboys Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboys Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboys Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboy poets Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboys Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboy poets Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboy poets Jay B Sauceda photography

cowboy poets Jay B Sauceda photography

This post was contributed by photographer Andi Vollmer.

  • Richard Clayton

    Humorous verses are the best because they entertain the listener or the reader. Unfortunately, we are not taken seriously by the poet societies, but then if we were taken seriously, then we wouldn’t be humorous. One of my all-time favorite poems I ever composed goes like this:

    When I ask my wife, “How was your day?”
    She tells me with lots to say
    And as she’s talking on and on,
    Lord have mercy, if I yawn.

    Richard Clayton age 82 Woodland Hills, CA
    (born and raised in North Platte, NE)

    PS: I’m having a great time selecting one of my photos,
    then composing a four-line verse to go with the picture
    and emailing them to about 80 friends and relatives.
    Figure that they may forward them to friends and then,
    in a way, I am electronically published.

  • michael scott

    A vanishing breed.

  • http://studiodgphoto.com Rebecca Getsfrid, Portland, OR Commercial Photographer

    I love these. The character in the faces of the old cowboys like these is just incredible; It’s such a shame that in another generation or two it will be mostly lost.