This impulse led to his most C&W project to date, All Around Cowboys, a series about unlikely poets he began in early 2011. "A friend of mine was going to the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, so I decided to join him and take a few shots," Sauceda says. He ended up with formal portraits of a motley crew of ranchers and cowboys, solitary figures with weighty stories shared in verse. Both stark and subtly humorous, these shots pay homage to a long spoken-word tradition dating back to early frontier days. "I learned a great deal about the role of poetry in cowboy life," Sauceda says. "It helped me realize that photography, like poetry, can play the same role of preserving culture and history."