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Michael Hart Fine Art

Cooking on the Range

Cooking on the Range

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Another image from my day documenting a chuckwagon cook off team.

Per The American Chuck Wagon Association: “The American Chuck Wagon Association encourages participants to preserve this important part of American History through educational and competitive events that involve setting up camp, cooking using authentic Old Western tools and showing their restored or replicated chuck wagons.”

Participants are all given the same ingredients, similar to what would have been available on the trail in the Old West, then their resulting meals are judged. Basically a mobile kitchen, the chuck wagon continues the history of the old west, celebrating the spirit that enabled cattlemen to master incredible hardships while moving their herds over a vast wilderness.

I spent a full day at a ranch south of Houston, documenting the team and their dress rehearsal for a competition. I tried to mimic the authenticity of the team, with their attire and utensils being correct, down to the cast iron cookware, and the period-authentic clothes and hats.

All these images were taken on film, this one, as the square format gives away, on a Hasselblad 2-1/4 format camera. Ah, the good old days, on the range and behind the camera.

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