Nikole Morgan's web site
tells that she is "a working ranch wife and mother photographing
everything that "The West" represents, from cowboys and ranching to the
wild outdoors and all of the scenery in between." Her subjects include
Western life, ranching, equine, and wildlife. From her artist's statement:
I have quite a long
history of “cowboys” and “cowgirls” in my family. My Great Great
Grandfather was A.B. Snyder, also known as "Pinnacle Jake," who as a
20-year-old broke the horses that went to England with Buffalo Bill in
his Wild West Exhibition, not to mention the rest of his very
interesting life! My Great Grandmother Nellie Snyder Yost was inducted
into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and received a Western Heritage
Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for her western
writings. She spent as much time working and driving cows in a side
saddle as she did a western saddle. So, I’m especially proud to call
myself one, “cowgirl,” that is!
I am very happy to have discovered this extra enjoyment of photography.
Having only picked up a camera some four years ago, I realized how much
fun I was having with it and tried to learn a little more about it every
day. As my pictures started getting better and better I started getting
some interest from people to purchase. I still do it for myself and to
document our every day life in ranching, but am twice as pleased when
someone purchases a print.
My husband, five-year-old daughter and I live on my husband's family
ranch in northern Colorado where we work, play, and enjoy the ranching
She commented on her
work in a November, 2011
Picture the West
I take a lot of my
pictures from the back of my horse, just documenting what we do day in
and day out. Our way of life has so many wonderful photogenic qualities
The scenery is the stuff movies are made of but the people are very real
and they wear their emotions on their sleeves. You can see "everything"
on a hard working cowboy or cowgirl's face. It makes for very strong
feeling-evoking photographs and that is definitely what I am going for
when I take them.
(See Yvonne Hollenbeck's photos and
commentary about the Snyder and Yost families
here in a
Picture the West entry.)
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