Tristan Spinski: Photos
“What motivates a bartender, a sales clerk, or construction worker to drive a quarter of the way across the country to ride a bull?” asks photographer Tristan Spinski. His photographic study-in-progress of the rodeo earned him the 2004 Dorothea Lange Fellowship. “The rodeo is a window into a fringe of ‘man culture,’” Tristan says. “It’s not so much about hanging onto that bull for eight seconds, as much as it is being able to say that you didn’t back down from what scored you the most. How many of us can say that?” His prize winning photos were taken throughout Nevada, and he plans to continue the study at rodeos in California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.