2018 – 2023
Photographs & Films By Tramaine Townsend
Daisha Board Gallery (West Dallas)
June 17 – July 29, 2023
My journey to documenting Black cowboys started with research for the first screenplay I wrote that revolves around one. I wanted it to be authentic and at the time my knowledge of the culture was very limited. I knew they existed, being born, and raised in Houston. You would see them out a lot for trail rides during the rodeo but as a child, I never paid full attention. Diving further into the culture I was able to learn the different sides of it and discovered it was part of my life more than I liked to realize. I wanted to explore the history that America seemed to want everyone to forget. Documenting those I could meet by traveling to their stomping grounds, from the competitive to the urban. I was able to see, learn, capture, and discuss the difference between what this culture is with those who live it every day. It’s one with a rich history built with people that have always seen themselves as ranchers. Cowboys and cowgirls have been this way for generations and will continue for generations to come. These images and videos I’ve captured over the years are a small piece of that. With this body of work, I wanted to share with others what I have seen through my lens with the hope of them seeing the beauty I see in it too.

Garnering a deeper love and appreciation of Texas that I didn’t realize I had. Becoming more knowledgeable and aware of who they are, rather than sensationalizing it for cultural movement.

During this journey, I was taking into consideration that I was capturing not only just Black History but their LEGACY as well.