Sharing big sky photographs and the real life of ranching in Wyoming Sky Clark’s profile is inspiring, gritty and raw, something social media can often be devoid of. She shares with us words to live by and embodying the pioneering spirit.
- How would you describe the many different hats you wear and what motivates you to document and share your experiences?
Most smaller family ranches and farms requires us to be able to “do it all” because we can’t afford help. Whether that’s fixing fence, sewing up a prolapse cow, fabricating a piece of iron to fix the joy stick on the tractor loader, swathing hay, building barns or cooking a good meal for the neighbors that help on branding days, you just jump in and “do it” because it has to be done. I am fascinated by the pictures of pioneers, coal miners, loggers and ranchers during the depression. I am drawn to real life and the struggles we endure daily and want to leave that for the world to look back on someday.
- What do you think surprises people about the work you do?
People are always commenting on how “tough” we are for working in the conditions we do because we have long winters around here. They can’t believe we put ourselves through it. I enjoy winter or I wouldn’t live here. It’s challenging at times, but I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
- What is part of your daily routine and ritual?
I don’t have a routine. Every day is totally different.
- What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Best advice I’ve been given is “never weaken.” Never give in. No matter how many times you get hit, you keep getting up and hitting back.
- What is your favourite quote?
“Opportunity is missed by most because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”