Father with sons near day's end
(l. to r.) Chuy Navarrete with sons Demitrio and Enrique after helping out with branding, marking, vaccinating, and castrating on the Ryan Ranch.
Wife and husband heading to meeting with cattle buyer
Juana and Israel Rangel have been resident caretakers of the Ryan Ranch for 16 years.
Husband and wife Bill and Jill Miller
Jill and Bill Miller framed by persimmon trees near their residence on C.E. Miller Ranch.
Three generations of the Miller Family
(l. to r. and f. to b.) Jody (JoEllen) with husband Clay Miller Jr. backed by their son Albert Walter and grandson Clay (Albert) Miller, behind the main house at C.E. Miller Ranch.
Family with rodeo and ranching awards
Father and mother Cleat and Cami Stephens with daughter Courtney and family prize belt buckles and saddles earned in rodeo, junior rodeo, high school rodeo, and FAA competitions.
National Pole Bending Champion
Avery Weatherman was the pole bending event champion for the 2015 Texas High School Rodeo Association and the National High School Rodeo Association.
Young team roper with dog
Kade Weatherman does team roping in Balmorhea, Texas.
Wife and husband with family pets
Shelley and Bodie Means with dogs and cats in the side yard of the main house, Y-6 Ranch, Means Ranch Road.
Ruth Means at old covered orchard
Ruth Means, mother of Bodie Means, resides in a house at the Y-6 Ranch.
Miller Family at watering tank
Clay and Barbie Miller with daughter Jordan in pasture with cattle that Clay runs on the Gearhart Ranch. Clay is the manager of nearby Antelope Valley Ranch. Barbie is a health care financial consultant.
Ellen Baize with tree and horses
Ellen Baize stands at private road to her ranch house near Fort Davis. She and husband Wayne Baize raise polled hereford cattle.
Wayne and Elizabeth Baize at old pump
At foot of Blue Mountain, father and daughter, stand at the base of an old Aermotor windmill converted to use electricity. Elizabeth teaches horsemanship at a Christian camp in Alberta, Canada and Wayne is a well known cowboy artist.
Randy Glover with spurs and jewelry
Former cowboy turned craftsman, Randy Glover now makes jewelry at his home studio between the McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis.
Scott and Julie McIvor with horse and dog
The McIvor's, husband and wife, raise primarily hereford cattle on the McIvor Ranch, which has been in the family since 1882.
Western hat maker John Davis
Limpia Creek Hats is located in Fort Davis and well known in the area. A good western hat is a valued tool and can run over $200.
Evan Hall mounted on favorite horse 8-Ball
Evan and 8-Ball have competed in reined cow horse and ranch versatility through the Stock Horse of Texas Association. Evan is a 9th grader at the high school in Valentine.
Cowboys on horseback at the Moon Ranch
Riders after a day of Spring work. This routine includes rounding up cattle and separating calves from cows. Calves are then branded, marked (typically a small ear cut or tag), vaccinated, and castrated before being let out again to pasture.
Jon and Bodie Means mounted
Cousins at Jon Means' Moon Ranch mounted on Y-6 Ranch horses from a bloodline developed by Bodie Means.
Ron Helm with cattle and horses
Ron Helm raises cattle and offers long term pasturage on his EV Ranch near Van Horn.
Dr. Ronald Box, small and large animal veterinarian
Dr. Box is based in Pecos but travels widely in his practice. He has just finished testing a number of cattle for pregnancy.
Searching for cattle at sunrise
Valentine & Beyond
These photographs are drawn from work based in or near the small rural community of Valentine, Texas and are part of a project examining ranch culture and lifestyle in Texas. The Gallery begins with portraits made on 8x10 inch negatives followed by images of people, work, and other activities made with handheld camera. The 8x10 camera is mounted on a tripod and the image is focused on a ground glass beneath a dark cloth. Large format negatives can provide a great deal of visual information and long tonal range.
Parts of this project are to be featured in the PolkaWorks Inc. production titled Saddle Up. This project has received funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and from Humanities Texas.