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Utah Rodeo

Robert Parker




"This calf-roping was at a tiny rodeo just outside Bryce Canyon. To suggest movement, I like a long exposure that creates a blur, rather than a fast exposure that freezes the action. In addition, I panned with the movement to blur a busy background of fences, buildings, and rodeo staff. I also flipped the image to create movement from left to right."
Robert Parker
graduated from Boston College in 1950. He has exhibited his work in such diverse venues as Farleigh-Dickinson University, the Donnell Library Center in Manhattan, the Donald Palmer Museum, the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City, and St. John's Prep, Danvers, among many others.


“One takes a risk when stating simplicity as a major theme in one’s work. Because what is simple to some may not be so to others. For me, simplicity means a visual purity, and I strive for such purity in my photography. The key to simplicity is isolation. When I isolate an image, it becomes for me more vivid, more real. In some ways, this approach is old-fashioned. It does not try to capture life, with all its inconsistencies, with all its visual contradictions. I do not find there a rationale for life, or for art. Instead, I attempt to find art in a corner of reality, an image that belongs first to itself, and second to the world around it.”