Bec Parsons is the queen of finding and photographing the most special people and places. In her new book Lone Dove, Parsons went to Music Meadows ranch in Colarado with model/equestrienne Lauren Devaney and her family. The book is filled with poignant, beautifully eerie and brilliant photographs of Lauren in her element.
10: Tell us a little bit about how this project came about. How did you discover Lauren Devaney?
Bec Parsons: I was looking for my next muse when one morning I was on the gram and David from IMG posted a picture of Lauren riding the rodeo! Her long red hair flowing behind her….. I knew at that moment that she was the girl.
I emailed David and told him my idea and he loved it. The next minute I was on a skype call to the entire Devaney Family and the desk form IMG pitching them my idea to come and spend time with them while I documented their daughter.
10: How long did you spend in Colorado? What did you love about it?
BP: We traveled together in their horse trailer from the rodeo in Gilette Wyoming to Westcliff Colorado, it was very intimate very quickly, as we were living in very close quarters.
I spent 2 weeks with them in summer then I went back again in winter so I could juxtapose the seasons.
10: Do you have a favourite photograph?
BP: I love them all…… But I particularly love the lying down shot of Lauren next to the road.
10: What did you learn from the experience?
BP: I learned how close a family can be, the dynamic between that family is so close and loving, I was embraced as if I was one of their own, they will hold a special place in my heart always…… They went through some tragic experiences in the times between my visits and I felt their grief with them. When I went back the second time was more meaningful than the first as we had all gone through so much together over those 6 months. It was such a memorable experience.
10: Did you horseback ride as well? What was the best moment on this trip?
BP: I went riding every day at the ranch, it was truly life-changing and inspiring. Riding through those mountains with that family was one of my most favourite life experiences.
by Roxy Lola