The Cowboys - Chris Couture Photography
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"Papa Joe"

"Papa Joe"

One of my favorite things about photographing ranchers (especially the older generation) is hearing their stories and the words of wisdom they share. The moments I spent with Joe Lavin (Papa Joe as he's affectionately known to those in his outfit) are no exception. He told me that he'd wanted to be a cowboy as far back as he could rememember and he's been cowboying or ranching his entire life. In the words of Papa Joe, "if you want to be a cowboy, be a cowboy. If you want to do something else, do something else. Don't mix the two."