Bob Newland

Pique of Action
June 24 - September 26, 2011

  2011 Newland

Artist's Statement

The last time I stepped into a rodeo arena with a camera was in 1984. In 2008, I met Isaac Diaz at a poker table in Deadwood, South Dakota. He was there primarily to ride a bronc at the Days of ’76 Rodeo. His PRCA stats suggest he’s a pretty salty rider.

I mentioned that I used to shoot rodeos, and the time period. He said, “That was when all the pictures were black and white.

This exhibition contains images from 26 negatives. They represent the most interesting shots I could cull from around 25000 negatives I accumulated in the rodeo arena. They’re interesting to me because, aside from being the capture of a peak of action, they evoke curiosity, they pique the imagination. What happened next? Were there broken bones? 

Today, I can post photos in a website album, and interested parties can visit and buy if they like. I can capture as many images as I like without spending anything for film or developing. I can print photos almost indistinguishable from silver halide darkroom prints. 

For those reasons and others, it’s unlikely that I will ever shoot film or print in a darkroom again. The pictures in this exhibition were all photographed by me in the period 1977-1984. The prints were made on an Epson R2400, a medium-priced professional-grade inkjet printer, with pigment-based inks. 

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