Cowboys and Indians
Go west. Go west and fall hopelessly and gloriously in love with it. The American West is home for my heart. It sings the Song of the Sirens to my soul. As beautiful as Virginia is, our current duty station, we long to return to the west. Cowboys and Indians, a magazine, devotes their March issue, a Special Collector’s Issue, to photography. Their are photographs of the lifestyle, of the people, the scenery, the colors, and the moods of the American West. The images are poignant and beautiful. The articles are stories that tell of the art, the artists, and their subjects. Each image is one that I would love to have taken and to include among my portfolio. There are the traditional photos of ranchers, cowboys and cowgirls; Native Americans; horses, wild sheep, bears, and other wild animals; stampedes and rodeos; fall, and spring, summer and winter; wide open spaces and canyons. A less traditional take on the western theme, are the images by by Lindsay McCrum. Several photos from her book, Chicks with Guns (The Vendome Press), are included in this issue. Each of her images tells a story, and each woman gives me the impression that she is someone I would like to know and to have as a friend. Even the advertisements in this magazine are breathtaking.
Perusing this magazine has renewed my determination to return to the American West and to take better photos. Happily, we already have a trip planned in June. My son received a camera for Christmas, so we are touring some of our favorite places with him and his wife this summer with the intent of capturing it all (an endless endeavor) with our cameras. Well, we will capture some of it, and the beauty will renew us.
I am including one of my own photos from one of our trips out west last fall, just a few months ago, as my tribute to this magazine. Let us know your impressions of the images in the magazine. We’d also love to hear of your own experiences in the American West; please share them with us.