Last year while photographing at a ranch in Bridgeport, I had finished shooting for the morning and walked into the barn to find the farrier putting new shoes on some horses. He was there preparing the horses for the annual drive where they move their cattle down to a lower elevation for the winter. When I arrived he was hot shoeing the draft horses, something I had not witnessed before.
I found the smoke alluring and decided to take some pictures as he heated the shoe in the forge. With great skill he then seared it shortly to the bottom of the hoof wall so that the impression left on the iron would help him to size the shoe for an exact fit. Not easy work bending over while holding the horses’s leg steady during the process. Later after working with these pictures, I found that they were more interesting as a grouping of images that told a story, rather than any one image that stood out.
Fast forward 8 months; Lenswork publishing was having an artist call for a submission of 6 images for their new book project, Seeing in Sixes. They are a well know company, and what I really like about them is that the images in their books are beautiful, in that they are rich with tonality. Being the self-doubting artist, I didn’t think I would have a chance that my work would be accepted, as I am sure they would have thousands of submittals. However, on the final day of submission I took the chance.
You can imagine my excitement when I received the notification of acceptance that my submission, New Shoes was one of the 50 chosen from 1900 submissions! I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this book, and a first for me to see my work in print.