“Bull Riders, Los Angeles, California” (1989) Blake Little/Nuvo | 14123
Blake Little began photographing the gay rodeo scene in 1988. 41 black and white images of cowboys and cowgirls are collected in Blake Little: Photographs of the Gay Rodeo, a new exhibition in Indiana.
Little actually had a go on a bull at his sixth rodeo, and became Bull Riding Champion of the Year in 1990.
“I was one of them, so it became more accessible and more intimate. The gay rodeo pictures are of a community that tends to be in a more conservative environment because Western culture just tends to be more conservative. It’s a powerful thing for people in Western culture that are straight or have more conservative views to see these people as real, as essentially just like them.”