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All artists need supportive feedback to keep doing the hard work of travel, enduring the heat or cold, dust and dirt of events, and the long hours of editing the photos. I am so grateful to all of you who have taken the time to tell me how these photos make you feel. In fact, it isn’t about me, it is always about the wonderful people I photograph who keep the old Buckaroo/Californios/ Vaquero traditions of horsemanship and stockmanship alive.
“Mary, would please post at least one bad photo you have taken? These are all so good, like the ones on your site that it is disheartening tous ‘wanna be’ photogs! They are all great shots. Thank goodness the days of film are kind of gone, the thousands of photos done individually would cost a small fortune! I know I could not afford it. I could not when I had a film camera, and I tried real hard not to spend the family fortune. Thank you for sharing all these memories with the world.” Hg Smith
I think it is going to take me about 10 and 1/2 years to see all these pictures in your web site. Whewwee! My eye balls are bleeding, hehehe! There are thousands of em! Not a bad one in there, just that some are really great! Hg Smith
I watch your pictures, via slideshow, so much that my wife thinks I ’m keeping a woman in Oregon. We’ll just keep her guessin’. The bad thing is I can’t access the site at school due to our ridiculous filter. Un-American if you ask me.
Thanks for the great visual museum. Anybody who’s ever sat a good horse, roped one and rode off with him, or faced a pitchin’ horse wondering if you’re gonna answer the supper call (brisket we hope) will love your site.
You’re worth more money young lady, a lot more money. Michael S. Roberts
I have enjoyed you work. Your pictures of the Big Loop from 2009 inspired my wife and I to take a trip this last spring to see it in person. I haven’t felt at home since we left Jordan Valley. Les Camp
Ms. Hyde, I have been a fan of your work for about a year, having found it during that period. I wish I had known about it before as, in my opinion, “Who needs Stoecklein when you’ve got Hyde?” Your pictures capture the joy, the pain, the fear, and the intensity of the western life, out of doors and dangerous.
I ’m going to assume you are shooting most of your pictures with a digital set-up. My question is how you get your detailed focus and great use of color? Do you shoot a Nikon or Canon and what lens do you prefer in working in the outdoor world of horses, hard country, dust and other natural settings? Thank you, Michael S. Roberts Canyon, Texas
Dear Mary Hyde, My name is Patricia Leffingwell, I live on a ranch outside Clyde Park, Montana and I have been on websites that have great pictures and when I look closer and read more they always seem to be taken by you. You photograph what I would like to paint. I love to paint but I am not a photography although I have tried. Some people have it and some don’t. I don’t, you do. Do you have photographs available as a reference that I could paint from? Thanks and you are a great photography. Keep up the good workPatricia
Every time I get a chance to sit down and go look at your pictures, it still amazes me how much I get to see. The details would be lost if it were a film or video. You just wouldn’t get the chance to pause and freeze frame enough to get to see the amount of activity reflected in a single image. I just started ranch roping on my mustang this year and we still have a long ways to go, but what we are quickly learning together is coming into focus as we practice. Seeing your pictures helps flesh out some of the knowledge that the clinics just don’t have the time to convey. The basic principles are there, but the lifetime of experience reflected in your images helps me envision what we are learning. Thank you for your efforts. John Peiffer
mary, i placed a photo order today of a beautiful buckskin horse and his rider. i went to the californios this year and i watched this horse and rider [Mike Preston] and made lots of comparisons. there was wonderful horses and horsemanship to be seen. however there was a quality of communication between this horse and rider that amazed me. such softness and awareness of each other. the soft willing feet of the horse and the patient quiet handling of the rider was a real study to me.
you are amazing at capturing that quality with your photography. i appreciate very much the opportunity to buy these photos. i thank you very much for your work and your obvious passion at what you do. mary etta findley
“Mary – Very nice. I love the feeling that your photos bring out. Thanks for all you do.”-Dawn McCling
“mary you take some of the coolest pictures ever…dan and i hope to be ordering a book some time soon…..and thank you for capturing the true buckaroo ….” Hanna Conway
“Nice Mary–love seeing Western flavors vs. our mid-west countryside flavor of equine photography here in KY.-your cover photo is awesome”-Kathy Hunter
What fantastically beautiful photos! Some of the best I have ever seen —“Sharon Dean
“Mary, I’m not on Facebook much, but when I am, I look at your work with much fascination. Your art and photos are amazing—the poster for the Northern Range Roping is a work of art, not just a poster. I am grateful that you are showing the real working west and through your work letting people know it is still alive. Keep up the great work—you really are gifted.– Alan Clark “
Mary…I just visited your website…..I’m probably a little pale as I don’t think I took one breath while looking at your work !! You are AWESOME……to say the least !!! You have made my world a little bigger….Thank you !!! Nancy Moulton
Maggie Mullen-Frueh wrote on your timeline.
So thrilled to see you in the new Western Horseman! Congrats
Linda DelChiaro wrote on your timeline.
Got my Range in the mail yesterday.Love the front cover,all the pics are so awesome.Congradulations !
Sue Myers Arnosky wrote on your timeline.
Mary, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the portraits you’ve been putting up lately. The people have so much character and you bring that out!
Pam Meyer wrote on your timeline.
MARY Mary Williams Hyde FOR PRESIDENT….YOUR COMMENTS TO THE POST CONCERNING THE WILD HORSES…….
WERE SOME OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER READ…THANK YOU…I LIVE NEAR THE RED DESERT…BEEN TO MANY BLM MEETINGS ON THE SUBJECT,…I COULD GO ON AND ON…BUT COULD NEVER COVER THE SUBJECT LIKE YOU DID…THANK YOU…!!!!
Dana Rupp wrote on your timeline.
Happy birthday Mary. Your such an awesome icon in our world. And you are so appreciated. Hope your day was half as gifted as you are
Joseph Bruce wrote on your timeline.
Thank you for the grand pictures that so perfectly capture Beauty,History,and a way of life most could not live, or ever understand ,I quote the Bard and say” The only reply I can but make, is Thanks, and Thanks, and ever Thanks.” We’ll done ,,,,
Gail Guenther Mazer wrote on your timeline.
Mary, your talent is unmatched. Let me know when you publish a book or calendar or something. Your photos are breathtaking!
Jenn Zeller wrote on your timeline.
Hi Mary! Thanks for the add! You’re one of my idols as far as western photography is concerned!
Mary Durkin wrote on your timeline.
Just went through some of the Lovelock pictures, and I know I’ve said it before, but have to again, your pictures are amazing. To me you are the “best of the best”. I appreciate your work
Suzie Shewmaker-Beaty wrote on your timeline.
Mary, I say this over and over, I don’t think you have and idea just how fantastic and amazing you are when it comes to your photo’s. Your picture are so dynamic and capture all the action of these amazing riders and extraordinary beautiful horses. I am in such awwwwww of you and your ability to do what you do! You have such talent and grace when it comes to what you do. I am so very proud to say that I know you and that we are good friends. Hugs, to you my dear friend! Keep doing what you do best!!!!! Suzie Shewmaker
Robin Lynn Kirby added a new photo to Mary Williams Hyde’s timeline.
Hey Mary…..I thought about you when I found some photos by photographer Timothy O’Sullivan. He photographed the west in the late 1800’s. This is a picture of his darkroom on wheels, pulled by mules. I appreciate your hard work and determination for keeping history alive. The technology has greatly changed but the elements in which you are subject remain the same. Thank you for sharing a life that many of us have come to appreciate and respect. You are truly an artist and historian that keeps history alive.
Dina Vivian Plouffe wrote on your timeline.
I just wanted to tell you that I enjoy all of your pictures you post. I am a fellow photographer and really appreciate the old west look that your pics represent. Truely amazed at the shots you get and it’s like your right there! Thank you for sharing
Toby Dahl wrote on your timeline.
i can see that we share a passion for this lifestyle and i’m very pleased to make your acquaintance. your work is outstanding and i do wish that i’d swung over and said hello. i look forward to following your work and bumping into you somewhere down the road. keep’em comin.
Lori Lee O’Harver wrote on your timeline.
Let me just gush a little here before I turn my attention back to making Bronc Riding Nation the association that does for bronc riding what PBR did for bull riding. YOU, Mary Williams Hyde are a hero of mine. Thank you for using your talent to bring the FINE reality of the legendary bronc rider to life and sharing it with a world hungry for these values …. hungry for the everyday hero. Our world is a better place with you in it. Thank you!
Richard Mullins wrote on your timeline.
Mary: My son inlaw, Rick Binkley, turned me on to your magnificant work. Many of your photos are very unique and I could spend hours viewing them. Thanks for allowing me to enjoy your beautiful work.
Erin Williams wrote on your timeline.
Mary you take the most wonderful, beautiful, full of life and truly amazing photos! I am captivated by your work!
Ronda McCarty Atkinson wrote on your timeline.
LOVE looking at your photos Mary …YOU capture the BEST moments! ♥ I HOPE you are able to make some 5 Dot brandings……there is a “NEW KID” on the crew and his Mommy would just LOVE to comment on some of your photos!! hehe ♥
Kristen Finch wrote on your timeline.
Stunning work! I feel like I’m seeing Edward Borein’s etchings come to life through your lens.
Michele Simpson wrote on your timeline.
Thanks for letting me “in”! I’ve been watching your photo’s from Andi Harmon’s wall and I figured I’d go straight to the source! GORGEOUS and sometimes FUNNY pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Nekole Boutin wrote on your timeline.
You are one blessed woman to be able to go and see all the amazing things you get to see. I really wish we had more true cowboys and girls down here in Louisiana. Thank you for sharing your photos. One day I will get to experience the same things you do, just hopefully I’ll be on the other side of the camera. God bless.
Tamalyn Baldwin wrote on your timeline.
Your pictures are amazing, they look like paintings. Plus you go to all the coolest events and catch the perfect action shot. Just the tack alone is something to behold
Torrie Ann Needham wrote on your timeline.
I’m amazed every time I go through your newest photos……love em