Teenagers, cowboys and photographers

Roaming the range is still a big part of life in the West.

In a recent issue of Time magazine, the editors explored the problem of sedentary children, poor diet and weight gain. They gathered a lot of negative data about today's kids, but they decided to balance their coverage by taking a look at the eating habits and lifestyles of some active children. One photograph of a teenage cowboy in Montana caught my eye. This is my version.

You can see Time's photographic essay, entitled "The Life of a Teenage Cowboy," here.

The topic of ranch life comes to mind also because next week the city of Calgary kicks off its famous "Stampede," a ten-day celebration and exhibition that revolves around the life of cowboys and ranchers. Organizers call it the "greatest outdoor show on earth," and it features rodeos, concerts, chuckwagon races and more. It's the city's biggest tourist event of the year. It has attracted folks for almost a hundred years. More here.

For many, cowboy lore still possesses a certain mystique. Robb Kendrick, a photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic magazine, enjoys visiting wide-open landscapes in North America and Mexico. He takes unique photographs of cowboys using an ancient wooden camera and a portable field darkroom. The process is laborious, but his results are quite striking.

"Cowboys — actual working cowboys, in all their manifestations — proudly and determinedly endure," he says.

You can see some of his photos here.

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