Cows: A Closer Look


Much of my creative work in recent years has focused upon a single subject: Dairy cows. The impetus stems from a life long fascination with these gentle, slow, lumbering beasts.

Over the past 18 years a large body of photographic work has emerged exploring diverse yet overlapping facets of bovine nature; cows as individuals, as part of the social herd, as feminine/masculine, and as tenants of the land. They are viewed as they move through time/space, spirit myth and as visual abstraction.

The work incorporates considerable diversity in photographic approach and artistic style. Making multiple exposures with a simple, plastic, black and white film camera was discovered to be most adaptive for rendering the mystical, space/time component of cow movement while more sophisticated equipment served best to render a portrait.

Virtually all the subjects in this project are Holsteins living on three neighbors' farms within a mile of my home near Paoli Wisconsin, southwest of Madison.

Many of the images have been shown in galleries in the Midwest and several have been selected for showing in juried national exhibitions. Four solo exhibits of "Cows: A Closer Look" were completed between June, 2012 and June, 2014. The exhibit is now available for future showings. Eighty of the images from the collection can be found in my photographic essay "Cows: A Closer Look" published by Borderland Books and distributed by the University of Wisconsin Press.







Encownter
Encownter
Specks in the field
Specks in the field
Space for no. 19
Space for no. 19
Shelly
Shelly
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