I don’t do people photography. That has been a mainstay of my photographic endeavors for many years. Not because I don’t like taking pictures of people, but rather because my focus has remained on nature and has met with success in that arena. And this has left me with a rather daunting lack of experience when it comes to photographing people, thus my unflinching comfort with ignoring that area. At least until now.
Those who I consider dear friends, Denise, Kurt and Keigan, recently invited me to a livestock event, the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show, and their invitation came via the fact that one of them—Keigan—is pursuing collegiate entry by way of a FFA show cow, the calf named Bella.
Thus begins my tale, both linguistic and photographic.
This is about a boy, Keigan, and his cow, Bella. But it’s also about photography, FFA, family, friends and college. Most importantly, it’s about life.
I will learn about taking pictures of people and livestock in the same moments that I decide to share those moments with you. I will learn to cherish and protect my beloveds in the same moments that I share those moments with you. And I will learn to understand livestock and farm life at the same moments that I share those moments with you.
So come with me, if you will, on this journey:
Dear friends recently asked me to attend a livestock show with them, most notably because one of them is showing a calf hoping to place well as means to earn university passage. This is their story.
Above: Keigan and Bella leaving the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show in Marshall, TX. More to come from this show, not to mention from their ongoing journey.