You've been robbed!
It's worth pursuing, Bob. Their image seems clearly derivative of yours in a number of ways beyond coincidence.
For the record, I have made a reasonable offer to the City of Belle Fourche. Unless I'm bound to silence (not an unknown state of my existence) I'll let you know how that goes. I think it's probable that no one at City Hall in Belle now has any idea of the provenance of the image.
And, Taco, I won't have been robbed until they say "no."
I agree with BF. I think it would be embarassing for them to claim that it is original. I would guess that they paid an artist who probably looked at a number of your photographs before selecting his or her favorite.
However, that is also one of the most common money shots. My father rodeo'd 18 years. He was captured this way multiple times, almost as many as his face in the dirt! I also have one of Casey Tibbs...You could stack the 3 negatives and have a near perfect match. Doesn't mean it isn't! Regardless, It's a good shot!
So..........! Having said this, I decided to do just that!! Now all I can say is, "I hope they don't say "NO"!!
Jerome B--I'd like to see the negatives to which you refer. The similarity between Bob's photo and the BFPD log is very striking, and not really specifically representative rodeo photos I have seen. If you mean that there are lots of photos of horses on their hindlegs trying to dislodge a rider then I agree, but the angle and the positioning of the limbs of both the rider and the horse in these images are pretty much identical.
Wayne, the way I read Jerome's 2nd post, I think he figured it out. Right JB? Ain't no way that ain't no copy.
Yeah. What you guys said.
(Insert pun about flogging a certain type of quadraped) Correct BF. So any new information?
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