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"Shadow Bronc"



© 2014, John Michael Reedy reedy.photoshelter.com twistedcowboy.com

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It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our 43rd piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a special National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur, a photograph, "Shadow Bronc," by songwriter, poet, and photographer John Michael Reedy (reedy.photoshelter.com, twistedcowboy.com).

© 2014, John Michael Reedy, reedy.photoshelter.com, twistedcowboy.com
Obtain permission for any use of this photograph.
"Shadow Bronc"

We asked John Michael Reedy to tell us about the photograph, and he commented:

I made the photograph at the Jefferson County Fair Rodeo in Boulder, Montana. Since most rodeos have photographers dedicated to catching the “action,” my focus tends more towards light, composition, and story. This is our hometown rodeo, a very small-town and (almost) always dry and dusty affair held at the end of August. However, this particular year we experienced absurdly unusual wet and muddy conditions. I felt an urgency to get a good shot on this day, to capture the striking tension between the (still) very clean cowboys and the inevitable mud bath. In this shot, the small-town setting and the prominence of the flag catching the sun at that moment creates a mood, and the classic position of the rider is iconic. Mostly I like the the body language of the horse as he appears to stomp his own shadow in the mud.

Submissions are welcome from all through Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  Find submission information below.

Poets are invited to be inspired by the art; a literal representation of the art is not expected.

The Twelfth Annual National Day of the Cowboy is Saturday July 23, 2016. Find more about the organization at  nationaldayofthecowboy.com and on Facebook.



About John Michael Reedy

photo by Heather Reedy


John Reedy lives an artistic life with his young family in the Boulder Valley of southwest Montana. Through music, songwriting, poetry, and photography, he attempts to capture the beauty and soul of Montana life in art that is both romantic and real.


Find more about John Michael Reedy and his photography in our feature here. Find some of his poetry and lyrics here at CowboyPoetry.com.

Visit his web site, twistedcowboy.com, and also view more of his photography at reedy.photoshelter.com.




Poetry submissions are welcome from all, through Tuesday, July 19, 2016  

Even if you have a poem or song pending, you are welcome to send one submission inspired by "Shadow Bronc."

Art Spur subjects are meant to inspire; we look for poems and songs inspired by the piece, not necessarily for a literal description of the image or its subject. 

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  • Submissions are welcome through July 19, 2016



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© 2014, John Michael Reedy, reedy.photoshelter.com, twistedcowboy.com
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"Shadow Bronc"


National Day of the Cowboy
July 23, 2016




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