Rodeo

Rodeos in South Dakota.

Highmore Rodeo, Highmore South Dakota

Out Yonder in South Dakota

Can’t say my time in South Dakota was all a good time. It was a very lonely time. However, I spent that time very productively. I wrote voraciously. I drowned myself in photography, both film and digital. And, I lost over 100lbs while metamorphosing myself.

I was sober, focused, and aware. Looking back it was a splendid time. Every weekend, during the good weather months, I would find some action packed event. Most of them cost a few dollars to get in and I could free roam with my camera in hand. I was like an alien visiting another planet. I didn’t care, this was some of the best photo ops I’d ever see in my lifetime. Rodeos and Pow Pows were especially special. That was living breathing culture. Earth to Ed, are you there?

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Iron County Fair PRCA Rodeo 2019 in Parowan, Utah.

Iron County Fair 2019 | Parowan, Utah

I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go see the PRCA Rodeo at the Iron County Fair. As you can see from the pages of this blog that I’m a big fan of rodeos. I start photographing them in late 2010 while living in Huron, South Dakota. Throughout my moving around in the Dakotas from Dickinson, North Dakota and onto Rapid City, South Dakota, I always made sure to attend the local rodeos during the summer months. Those days are some of the best days I can remember looking through my view finder. So, I was very glad to see that a PRCA rodeo was going to be happening just up the rode from Cedar City while we were going to be staying there. I couldn’t get up to the fence like I used to and get those killer close up shots. I took some with my zoom lens from the stadium seats. It was the experience of being at a rodeo that made all the difference. I also took some shots around the fair grounds. I wish I could have spent so,e more time meandering through the carnival rides, games, and food trucks taking many more photos. But, I got …

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