In 1994 I went to France to make arrangements for a workshop I was to conduct the following year in the picturesque village of Le Bez, located in the Southwest of France.
While there, I met Serge Negre and Mabel Odessey, two photographers, who informed me of the connection of that geographic area of France and the ‘History of Photography’, namely in the person of Arthur Batut. Arthur Batut mounted a camera on a kite and made aerial photographs of the region, in addition to creating composite portraits of citizens in the area villages.
In 2003 I was invited by singer/songwriter and author Lorraine d’Entremont Rawls to work on a project documenting the connection between the horsemanship and customs of the cowboys and buckaroos of the American West with the history of the horsemanship and customs of the French Cowboys, known as ‘Guardians’. The work from that project was presented in a traveling exhibit “Guardians of the Camargue: The French Buckaroo Tradition”.
In 2014 I was honored by the Musee Arthur Batut in Labruguière, France to be the featured photographer for their 4 month long ‘Festival A Ciel Ouvert’. The festival presented portraits of ‘American Cowboy Poets’ along with their poems and was displayed on 3’ by 4’ panels along the rue Jean Jaures in Labruguière. Mabel Odessey curated the exhibit entitled ‘Cowboy Poets and the Poetic’.