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The Latest Chapter in the Cowboy Poetry Photo Project: A Photographic Adventure with Amy and Gail Steiger

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Recently, for the first time since 2009, before my daughter was born, I was able to shoot again for my project documenting the cowboy poets and musicians who I have met in Elko, Nevada over the past decade and then some at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. I have simply come to refer to this body of work as the “Cowboy Poetry Project.”

This past June I had the honor and pleasure of visiting the talented Amy and Gail Steiger at work on the Spider Ranch outside of Prescott, Arizona. They were working cows together during the days I spent with them.

The latest installment of the project, which are images I made during time spent with the Steigers has just been posted to the section of my website also titled “Cowboy Poetry Project.”

To see the latest images of Amy and Gail Steiger click here.

To get to the cowboy poetry page click here.

Gail and Amy Steiger at the Spider Ranch

June 10, 2016 – Prescott, Arizona, Gail and Amy Steiger at the Spider Ranch outside of Prescott, Arizona (Jessica Brandi Lifland/)

The intention of the project was to offer a  glimpse into the worlds of the cultural storytellers of the American West. The images are meant to go beyond the stage persona – which is how many see them; onstage performing in their fringed leather, pristine “show” hats and colorful dress up boots, but as they are in their regular daily lives. All the performers whom I have worked with lead or have led authentic Western lives, which they draw from for their creativity.

These shoots are a mere glimpse into their worlds at a point in time during my visit with each of them. Some actively cowboy, some have moved on to other daily activities, some never cowboyed, but are very much a part of the fabric of the American West. Appearances, relationships, jobs and homes have changed for some of them since the photos were made. In fact, I am particularly grateful for the time I spent with Jack Walther and his wife Irene on their farm in Lamoille, Nevada. He has passed since our visit.

This project was originally conceived to be a photography book, with a poem by each artist to accompany the images. It was not intended to be an iconic Western cowboys and horses photography book. These beautiful books already exist thanks to the talents of people such as Jay Duasrd and others. I do have to mention the influence of William Albert Allard, whose work has influenced my ideas for this since inception.

I am interested in your opinions and advice and assistance in regards to the process of making this book a reality. Where do I go from here?

I do plan to continue to shoot and if any one of you wonderful Elko performers (you know who you are) would like to discuss a visit to your ranch or home, please contact me and let’s get it going.

Thank you,

Jessica

 

 

 

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September 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Evansville Indiana Skyline in 2000

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This image is copyrighted, ©2000 The Evansville Courier & Press.
It is not available for common use despite apparent public opinion. It was photographed by me, Jessica Brandi Lifland while on staff at the Courier & Press
Evansville Skyline

Evansville , Indiana, Evansville Indiana Skyline (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Evansville Courier and Press)

©2000 The Evansville Courier & Press
If anyone wishes to purchase rights to publish this image, please contact the newspaper.

http://archive.courierpress.com/about-us/contact-us-327899191.html

Thank you.

 

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September 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Baby Belly Photo Shoot at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Near Half Moon Bay

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Pregnancy Photography

 

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September 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Summer Bar Mitzvahs

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Photographs from Noah and Daniel’s Bar Mitzvahs

More can be seen of each of these special occasions on my website:

 Noah’s Bar Mitzvah

Noah's Bar Mitzvah

Noah's Bar Mitzvah

and

Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah

Daniel Bernstein's Bar Mitzvah

Daniel Bernstein's Bar Mitzvah

 

 

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July 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Some Recent Family Portraits

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Hats off to the parents of toddlers: Photographic selections from some recent private commissions

Toddlers have boundless energy and often not yet the most developed common sense. They might run off a rooftop or into a sea of waves if it weren’t for the exhaustive efforts of their parents.
Cheers to you –  parents of toddlers!

 

 

Rocco

May 11, 2016 – San Francisco, California, Rocco 12+ months (Jessica Brandi Lifland)

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May 17, 2016 at 10:20 am

Postcards from the Florida Keys – Photos

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Some images from a popular vacation spot.

Florida Keys

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Fishing for Barracuda. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Fishing for Barracuda. Key West. Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Street performer, Mallory Square. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Sunset Mallory Square. Key West.  Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

The Strand Theater on Duval Street opened in the 1920s. Key West,  Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Vacationer on the third floor balcony, Marriott Hotel. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Fishing for Barracuda. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Crowds gather for sunset and a drink at Mallory Square. Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Wooden statue in a crevice between two store fronts along Duval Street.  Key West, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Big Pine Kayak Adventures tours and rentals. Right by the Old Wooden Bridge to No Name Key. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

No Name Pub. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

It is a No Name Pub tradition for patrons to leave a dollar bill attached to the walls or ceiling. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

It is a No Name Pub tradition for patrons to leave a dollar bill attached to the walls or ceiling. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

Bartender, No Name Pub. Big Pine Key,  Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Florida Keys

No Name Pub. Big Pine Key, Florida Keys, Florida, United States

 

 

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May 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Yosemite Images

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Photographs from a winter weekend.

Doing some catch up editing and came across these. Thought I’d share.

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 16, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

Yosemite

November 15, 2015 – Yosemite, California, United States: Yosemite (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

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March 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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