Meet the Artist: Butch Walker
- Where’d it all start?
I started carrying a camera with me to break the boredom while walking young cattle from the southern end of our cattle station back to the house (about 20km). I really love showing people what we do out here.
- Favorite photo you've taken and why?
I took this after a long walk with some cows and calves, they were thirsty so I could get very close and show a different perspective. The cattle we run are Santa Gertrudis, originally from King Ranch, Texas. They have a very strong mothering and protection instinct and will take turns babysitting several calves while their mothers graze.
- Where do you want to shoot next?
I’d love to spend a couple of weeks in Monument Valley exploring with a supercub. Failing that, Western Australia is a very close second.
- Craziest moment you've had while shooting or traveling for a shoot?
A few times I’ve been too busy shooting in cattle yards with my eye to a camera and failed to see bulls fighting until they were very close, no injuries yet thankfully! I also had a few tense moments with a horse that suddenly decided it didn’t like my camera bag slung across my back in a canter and tried to get rid of me!
- Favorite photographer or artistic inspiration?
Mark Maggiori @markmaggiori - his work is incredible Matthew Abbott @mattabbottphoto - Ana amazing Aussie photojournalist Tony Hewitt @tony.hewitt - fine art aerials, he has some amazing abstracts of Western Australia. Guy Havell @guy_havell - his recent series “back roads of Americana” is, to me, proof that film still beats digital for certain applications.
- Favorite book, TV show, or movie from the past year?
A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson
- Last meal on earth? (food, setting, people, etc.)
Mutton Chops, mashed potatoes and peas with my wife and family.