I was on location for Marlboro in Montana. It had been a long, hard day of shooting and we had just wrapped. As I was packing my cameras I turned around and glanced back at the hill, just as the sun's last few rays were disappearing. I fumbled for the first camera I could find and grabbed a shot as the last cowboys were coming down off the mountain, dust still swirling from the horses we were bringing in.
To this day this is one of my favorite images. Some of the best images are captured on the fringes of a shoot, or the edge of a situation, and often when you least expect to find them. It has been that way my entire career. I have learned to trust my instincts, be patient, and always keep my eyes open—life's moments tend to present themselves to us on their own time.
Expect the unexpected in Norm's upcoming workshop:
True Grit: Art and Storytelling in Cowboy Country
with Norm and Jennifer Clasen
July 22 - July 27, 2012