Trails West Photography

Helps us "Fill The Steer"

Greg Bos has generously donated his portion of the sale of every one of his limited edition "Trails of the West" photographic prints to helping the O'Keefe Ranch 'Fill the Steer'. By purchasing a print, you are helping keep "History Alive" for future generations to enjoy.     

Biography

Greg began his career in photojournalism as a freelance in 1980 shortly after graduating from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Canada. For three years from 1984 he was a staff photographer for the Kamloops News, a small regional daily newspaper in British Columbia. 

In 1987 Greg moved to Europe at the start of what turned out to be a 24 year career with Reuters as a staff photographer and photo editor finishing up in London as their global sports photo editor. During his Reuters career he covered major news and sports stories including the Lockerbie Disaster, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War, the funeral of Princess Diana, the FIFA World Cups in 1990, 2002, 2006, and 2010, and the Olympic Games in 1992, 2006, 2008, and 2010. 

Since leaving Reuters in 2011, Greg has divided his time between London and Plymouth working on personal photography projects, including Trails of the West. This is the first public exhibition of his work.

Trails of the West (Introduction by Greg Bos)

Barbican Library  August 2-15 2018 

It was a cold day in late October 1984. Kamloops News reporter Gerry Young and I drove up to Douglas Lake Ranch for a story and pictures marking the 100th anniversary of one of the biggest and most iconic cattle ranches in Canada. It was snowing heavily as we pulled off old British Columbia Highway 5A and made our way to ranch headquarters. 

We then continued several miles up a snow-covered dirt road to the Dry Farm cow camp. By now the snow was really coming down. Not only was I concerned about my camera equipment getting wet and frozen, in the back of my mind I was thinking... how do we get out of here with all this snow. It was a whiteout. 

Then he appeared like a mirage out of the whiteness. Terry Milliken was easing his horse out of the trailer. I scrambled from my car to get some pictures. It was a 'eureka' moment. Terry looked like how a cowboy should with the hat, the neckerchief, the winter coat, boots, chaps and spurs. The blizzard like conditions made it extremely difficult to get any usable images. But a seed was planted that day and thus began my project on the North American Cowboy. 

Perhaps it was a memory recall from watching western movies, or Bonanza and Rawhide on television as a boy in the 1960's. I have no ranching background. Regardless, as a photographer, I have been drawn to the serene beauty and stunning vistas of the North American west - a backdrop synonymous with the iconic image of the cowboy. 

Over the winter of that first year I did some research on ranching and rodeos, the old-fashioned pre-Google way, by going to the library. I was intrigued and decided to dedicate as much time as I could to learning about the dynamic history and the modern community of cowboys. 

From 1984 - 2017 I have had the privilege of visiting a select few historic cattle ranches, and a few small-town rodeos in Canada and the United States to take pictures. Being based in the U.K. since 1992, it was never going to be easy or cheap to complete a documentary project like this. And, by no means have I explored or photographed all that there is in the vast North American west. My Story is merely snapshot of the modern cowboy way of life told in a time capsule narrative. 

During my 33-year journey, I have amassed an archive of thousands of images in analogue (slides & or film) and digital formats. Of the 500 images shortlisted for my book Trails of the West, only about 160 made it for publication. The harder task was selecting some 33 images for this exhibition of which only 21 made it to frame. These are the images I believe are the ones that work, and best tell my story.

Sales of the Prints 

Greg Bos limited edition "Trails of the West" prints are on currently on display and for sale in the Ranch's Gift Shop. Below is a sample of some of the available prints.

Skittish Pony image B-3270

Douglas Lake Ranch BC, Canada- May 2015

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150. This print is also framed, cost is $300.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

The Long Walk image Z-0164 

Douglas Lake Ranch BC, Canada- May 2015

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150. This print is also framed, cost is $300.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Dusty Corral image B-3405

Douglas Lake Ranch BC, Canada- May 2015

This is a 16 x 12 print framed, cost is $300.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Lone Rider DSC0813

CO Bar Ranch, Arizona - January 2013

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Hoodoo Horse B-8000

Hoodoo Ranch, Wyoming - May 2017 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Cowboy Strut Z-5811 

Bucking Horse Sale Parade, Miles City, Montana - May 2017 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Tongue Tired Z-3571 

ZX Ranch Oregon - July 2015 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Montana Branding Z-5056 

Indian Creek Ranch, Montana - May 2017 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Umbrella Man Z-3170

Ranch Hand Rodeo, Hines, Oregon - July 2015 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Four Feat Up Z-6707 

Bucking Horse Sale, Miles City, Montana - May 2017 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Nevada Buckaroos NV-TUS95.1 

Spanish Ranch, Tuscarora, Nevada - June 1995 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Tuscarora Buckaroo NV- TUS95.2 

Spanish Ranch, Tuscarora, Nevada - June 1995 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

The Palace Bar AZ-PRESS88 

Frontier Days Rodeo, Prescott, Arizona - July 1988 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Rodeo Riders B-4700

Ranch Hand Rodeo, Hines, Oregon - July 2015 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Heat Haze B-3359

Douglas Lake Ranch, BC, Canada -May 2015 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

Arizona Cowboys AZ-COB02.2 

CO Bar Ranch, Arizona - January 2002 

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.

The Bunkhouse AZ-CAT00.3 

Cataract Ranch, Arizona - January 2000

This is a 16 x 12 print, cost is $150.

Stamped with a signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This image is 1 of 20.