Joy Kelley

Conscientious Cowgirl Photography

I was born into the horse world in western Oklahoma, with a rancher Dad, teacher Mom, and one mean sister. I grew up in the world of cattle, horses, hard work, rattlesnakes, cactus, and cookouts underneath the stars. With bobcats, baby rabbits, and sparrows for pets, I grew up in awe of Mother Nature. This awe led me to photography, and to the attempt to catch and preserve these memories.

I came to New Mexico the first time when I was 12, and, seeing almost in 3D in the searing light of Santa Fe, I was hooked.  I was going to live here.  I find the Native American culture and the many diverse cultures of New Mexico to be captivating.  I still find the light in New Mexico captivating.

Horses led me into photography.  Having spent a great deal of time at the racetrack in Perth, Australia, it led me to the life of owning and photographing race horses. I carried this passion into my time in New Mexico, raising my own, and photographing the most beautiful horses in the world at racetracks in the Southwest. I developed a fascination with the “Backside” the horses, the jockeys, the trainers, and everyone in this fascinating industry. This led to traveling and photographing even more extensively. Some of these photographs can be seen at my website, www.conscientiouscowgirl.com.  I love the colors, sounds, smells and the uniqueness of this enchanted land and see a photograph everywhere I look.

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Walter Mackins

Beautiful photographs. Love the colors. The black & white boots really captures a mood. All very “southwest”. Nice shootin’, Annie Oakley! Ha.

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