Frozen rope - Limited Edition 1 of 25 Photograph by Harry Kerker

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Photography: Digital, Black & White, Photography on Paper.

I would argue that America’s most iconic image is that of a cowboy swinging his lariat high above his head. The lariat was born of his work and became the rodeo cowboy’s artistry. As a boy who grew up a Yankee, with Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, a lariat at work still gives me goosebumps.

I feel this image brings out the artistry of rodeo, which is not normally seen in traditional sport imagery. The use of strong light and shadow reinforces an abstract quality of fluidity, shape and form. The unknown rider become a story we can place ourselves into.

“Frozen rope” is part of my “White Hat” series which was the manifestation of a little luck and not having the right equipment. I had never photographed a rodeo and didn’t have the correct equipment to shoot fast moving broncs and bull riders at night. I had pretty much given up on photography for the night and climbed high up on the review stand for a better view of the action. The back of the review stand overlooked the holding area for the upcoming contestants. This back stage area was removed from the crowd, lit by dim spots and filled with cowboys preparing for their rides. What resulted were these powerful, grainy, black and whites, each with a story of their own.

These images are orthochromatic in nature with a contemporary modern quality.

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Frozen rope - Limited Edition 1 of 25

Harry Kerker

United States


Size: 18 W x 27 H x 0.1 in

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