Powerlines

Powerlines

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Herford

Herford

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Clouds

Clouds

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Holstein

Holstein

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Tuft

Tuft

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Birds

Birds

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Brand

Brand

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Dalmation

Dalmation

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Sheep & Horse

Sheep & Horse

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Tree

Tree

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Sheep Mountains

Sheep Mountains

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Slope

Slope

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Ears

Ears

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Cowlick

Cowlick

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Spots

Spots

cowscape series. 2005 Rhode Island School of Design photography thesis project

Cowscapes

 

The series began in 2004 on a break from college.  I went to school at the Rhode Island School of Design, but my home is in Kansas, so while home, I visited the family farm & used my 'pets' as inspiration.  It began with shooting images of my horse, dog, neighbor's sheep, etc.  From there I visited local farms & searched out the most colorful hides.  I continued to shoot the Cowscapes each time I returned to Kansas, building up a collection of hundreds of images.  Originally I was trying to abstract the ridges, lumps & clumps of fur that were quite thick during the winter months.  When I enlarged the images, they were often confused for hills on a landscape.  Once I'd found my niche I began searching for animals that had tones & textures that related to the prairies of the Midwest.  Bringing the images back to the East Coast was a way for me to bring back a piece of Kansas.  For those unfamiliar with the rolling (not flat!) hills of the midwest, it started a dialog about the characteristics of my home & the inaccurate generalizations many had.  For those who were familiar with farm life, it brought a nostalgic but different view of the beasts they knew so well.  


The Cowscapes have been exhibited across the US & won several major awards. 

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