Though Luke Gilford is an internationally known photographer now, he grew up in Colorado with a father who was a chmpion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. As a result, he spent his formative years around the rodeo — a traditional "Good Ole Boys" club of toxic masculinity and homophobia. It took growing up to expand his horizons.
His latest book, National Anthem, depicts the all-inclusive International Gay Rodeo Association, a family that Gilford has made himself a part of since first discovering it in 2016 in San Francisco. The rodeo has its own series of titles, and regional rodeos, and Gilford traveled the country (hitting Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California) to document the subculture on medium-format film, printing his work in a traditional darkroom.