"Cowgirls live by their own rules, standards, and goals that most of the world doesn't understand," says Erik. "This photograph is part of a series of images that seeks to answer the question people ask, 'Why in the world would you want to do what you do?' I shot these images in film to mirror the grit of the subjects. These proud cowgirls live in a very different world than the general population and often reject cultural standards of material wealth."

- Erik Cocks