By Vicki Uthe
As a kid I was a collector. You name it, I collected it. In hindsight I’m not positive how much the collections were because of things I was interested in or because I inherited them from family members. I also think I collected a couple of things that my mom got me into like dolls from foreign lands and glass blown figurines. These things cost money and required dusting. I look at my minimalist lifestyle now and think YUCK! I also collected postcards, matchbook covers, coins, stamps, and of course rocks. All required management of STUFF.
As I was going through images the other day hoping to be inspired for my next blog post it occurred to me that I still collect. But now I collect images. My taste is eclectic, I’ll shoot anything in front of me. I love people and details but am not lost on grand landscapes.
In my archive diving I discovered I apparently have an affinity for cowboy/girl boots. They are a work of art and as it turns out I’ve acquired quite a collection. The other thing I love about boots is the stories they could tell. They have such character. And the beauty of it all? I don’t have to store them or manage the care of the leather! Ha!
This is a great image of boots with chaps and spurs. I was a trip leader on an Arizona Highways Photo Workshop a couple of years ago in Sedona and we went on a jeep tour into the backcountry. The guides were fully dressed in old western wear.
This pair of boots was line dancing on the floor of a school gymnasium. Boots come in all sizes and these little ones were adorable. I love the scuff marks on the toes.
I captured these boots on a high school senior photo shoot. I love that even the bottoms of the boot are red, white and blue.
On a trip to Santa Fe we found a boot shop where there were walls of boots on shelves much like you’d find books on shelves in a book store. Even brand new they have amazing character.
This example, for me, highlights the fact that the artistry goes beyond the color of the material. That even in black and white the details of the boots shine through.
Maybe some day I’ll narrow my scope down to what I’m truly passionate about shooting but right now…it’s EVERYTHING!
Last summer, just north of Flagstaff, I went to the Babbitt Ranches colt sale. This was a GREAT place to capture “real” cowboy/girl boots that have seen some real action.
Another pair of flag boots and the ones on the right, I love the teal color.
Black and white or color, the boots on the corral fence are a classic.
I never realized how popular the flag pattern is for boots. Who knew?
Checkout the bottom of that right boot, there’s a HOLE in it! I’d love to hear the stories…