5 Lessons for an Angry Cowboy by Eric Beteille

From my submission today to the 2014 Telluride Photo Festival contest.

  1. If you don't want your photo taken at the Cowboy Festival, don't go to the Cowboy Festival.
  2. A sign on your tent charging passersby $25 to take your picture (or $100 "if I catch you trying to sneak one") is not a binding contract.
  3. One of the best ways to pique a photographer's interest is to demand he not take pictures.
  4. In appeals for justice in such matters, don't start with the photographer's wife.
  5. Especially if she's wearing reflective sunglasses.

National Geographic Editor Favorite by Eric Beteille

Don't worry, he turned out OK.

Thanks to National Geographic editor Jeanne M. Modderman for marking my summer-themed photo, First Incident of Pool Season, as a favorite on NatGeo's Your Shot. And thanks to my wife and godson for being my ever-present models. I'll admit to a bit of sleight-of-time going on, since I posted this image at the beginning of pool season, even though it was shot in La Quinta, CA on Thanksgiving weekend a few years back. Let's just say the California desert has more than one pool season.

'Hey, Why'd You Just Take My Picture?' by Eric Beteille

Did I take a picture of him? Or did he photobomb my street scene...

So I took his photo again. And this time I really did feel like it.

-- Umm, what?

"Why did you take my picture back there on the road?"

-- Umm, I felt like it?

"What are you, undercover or something?"

-- Undercover what?

"Man, it's a good thing I practice transcendental meditation."

-- Yeah, I don't think the meditation thing is working.

"F---ing a--hole!"