Florida Cowboy Collection Statement of Purpose:
To introduce the Florida Cowboy and working ranches, their professional work ethic, lifestyle, history, personality, and ethnic diversity to the public through contemporary fine art photography.
Jimmy Peters was born in Ohio in1943 and moved to Sarasota, FL in 1946. In the mid-sixties he moved back to Ohio where he studied at Kent State University. For 15 years he directed an in-house advertising agency for an Ohio bank. Jimmy was also photographer for the Performing Arts Center in Canton, Ohio. In 1985 Jimmy, his wife and three children moved back to Florida where he founded P. Taylor, McHone Advertising.
Jimmy has been the recipient of national and regional advertising and photography awards. His work has been published in LensWork magazine. The “Florida Cowboy” collection was chosen for an exhibit in the Capital Building in Tallahassee, Florida. The photograph “Cracker Pack” was given to the Governor as a wedding present by his Cabinet and is on permanent display in the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee. His work is included in the traveling “Florida Cattle Ranching Exhibit” sponsored by the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation. The photograph "Cracker Pack" was redesigned as a cancellation stamp for the United States Post Office. Jimmy’s photographs have been on exhibit in galleries, museums, and are held in private collections throughout Florida and across the country.
“I grew up in Sarasota, Florida in the 50’s when it was still a small town with lots of open space. Part of my childhood was spent on the family ranch in the Bee Ridge area. We raised cattle and grew oranges. I’m sure it was those years spent working cattle on the Taylor Ranch that has influenced this project some 50 years later. Today that ranch is a subdivision and I’m sure the residents have no idea of the history that was part of the land they are now living on. It’s a trend that is happening throughout Florida effecting a very precious and unique lifestyle.“
“Working on this project has allowed me to reenter the life that I left behind so many years ago, but I’m seeing it from a different perspective. Most of the cowboys that I have met and photographed over the past few years are a special breed of people. They’re hard working, proud and fiercely independent. They prefer to do business with a handshake rather than the stroke of a pen, it’s a matter of pride. Their love of the land gives them the strength to labor under the scorching Florida sun. The land is part of a proud heritage that they pass on through the generations. They have a close partnership with their horse and their cattle dogs, they work together as a team. This project has become a mission that I will keep working on until I feel like I’m done”.
All of my photos are signed and numbered, limited edition, fine art giclee´prints. They are sold unmatted, and unframed. Each photo has a different height to width ratio, therefore all are printed 15 1/2 inches on the short side. The photographs in my collection are all digital, taken with a Nikon D2Xs, edited in Photoshop, printed with an Epson 4800 printer on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308, up to 15 1/2” x 60”. They are rated color safe for 200 years if properly displayed.