Western Photo Gallery at the Calgary Stampede

Bucked off - © Christopher Martin-0790

The Western Showcase is an art show held annually during the Calgary Stampede.  The showcase is held in two of the halls in the BMO Centre and has artwork from a wide range of mediums on display.  The paintings and sculptures often hold me mesmerized for hours at a time when I’m down there.

Storm over Springbank - © Christopher Martin

The Western Photo Gallery is part of the Showcase and this is my third year participating.  This year I have five images on display and available for sale.  The images selected by the jury are the photographs in this post)

Snowy owl flight - © Christopher Martin-5201

The Western Photo Gallery is a great venue to get your name out and to have the opportunity to sell prints to a large audience.  I’m always excited to be involved.  If you have a chance to visit, there are a lot of great western themed images.

Through the trees - © Christopher Martin-

One image that had particularly strong feedback last year (and also sold well) was of harnesses and other tack used in the Calgary Stampede.  For three years I was covering the Stampede Rodeo for a magazine and had press access.  During the 2011 Stampede, on one of my walks behind the chutes, I noticed this gear hanging off of one of the posts.  It is a symbol of the Stampede that seems to work for people.

Stampede Tack - © Christopher Martin-2863

3 responses

  1. Yes, I too am curious about the colour with B/W mix. I am guessing masking and using two photos although I don’t know how to do that.? I love the black and white landscape-nice contrasts without looking overdone as in some HDR. And the owl is WOW.Allare winning shots.Good luck with sales, Christopher and enjoy the show!

    July 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  2. lisalday111711

    I wish I knew how you did some of these shots such as the horses and more importantly the back and white with the colored rider and horse…I have wanted to do that with so many of my photos but am clueless how to. Thanks for sharing…I always enjoy stopping by

    July 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  3. Wow! Your images are amazing. It is a goal of mine to have my photography featured at the Stampede art exhibit. You inspire me. 🙂

    July 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

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