Cowboy Strolling in a Snowstorm, Wyoming, 1999

A few years back I was working on a story for National Geographic Magazine which was titled “Wide Open Wyoming.” The entire story was shot during a Wyoming winter. So one freezing day, not far out of Riverton on the way to Thermopolis, I happened upon this little railroad town of Shoshoni. Shoshoni use to be an important stop along the railroad and to this day, the Bighorn Divide and Wyoming RR operate a yard there. But Shoshoni has seen its better days and then some.

On this particular blustery and snow-blowing day, I waited along main street for something to complete this scene of abandoned buildings. Finally, a cowboy came out of the local bar and headed down the middle of the street. I remember how he fought with the zipper on his jacket. There was only one moment where his body language came together just right. This image has always reminded me of a winter version of Peter Bogdanovich’s “Last Picture Show” about a mythical Texas town.

Location: Wyoming
Photograph Date: 1999
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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