A night at the rodeo

This group of images is the result of an all-access, behind the scenes visit to the PRCA Rodeo held at the New Mexico State Fair. As a self-proclaimed “city slicker” I found the energy and atmosphere of the rodeo to be, at turns, intimidating, exciting and somewhat foreign. I was mostly drawn to the cowboys themselves; the way they prepared for the inevitable physical and mental challenge against the power and unpredictability of the animals of the rodeo. I found the reality of rodeo life in many ways debunks the myth of the American cowboy while reinforcing it at the same time.