Like most kids who grew up in the 1950s on a steady diet of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and others, I always wanted to be a cowboy. A pure fantasy I thought, until I moved to California in the late 1980s and discovered there were actual cowboys working cattle using tools and techniques that dated back a hundred years or more. Fascinated, I used my camera as an intro into that community and started meeting and photographing these icons of Americana. This led to me signing on as a ranch hand at the Cross Ranch Cattle Co. near Pescadero, California, and eventually photographing cowboys all around the West.