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Behind the Lens with Andy Watson: World Title Race Heats Up in Jacksonville

By: Andy Watson

Andy Watson of Bull Stock Media is in his 26th season as the PBR’s lead photographer and has captured nearly every ride in PBR history.

“To be able to freeze that moment and look at it and see everything in it is really cool, and to (the riders) it means a lot,” Watson said. “Every ride is something special, whether it is good, bad, great form or their buddies are in the background.”

This season, Watson is taking fans behind the lens of some of his favorite photos, sharing his thoughts and processes as he covers each Unleash The Beast event.

Below are Watson’s favorite images from the PBR Bad Boy Mowers Invitational, presented by Union Home Mortgage, in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Our bullfighters don’t back down from anything. Cody Webster knew going in for this save that it probably wasn’t going to end well, but he didn’t hesitate to jump in. The bull focused all his attention on Cody, throwing him into the out gate and breaking two of his ribs. That didn’t slow him down a bit, he fought the rest of the night and the next day. These guys are as tough as nails!

“I sure like bulls that paw dirt on themselves throughout the day before they buck. The explosion of dust adds such a cool element to the photos. Sometimes it can even be too much, but this shot of Paulo Ferreira Lima had just the right amount.”

“As Ezekiel Mitchell closes in on the final seconds of the ride, Frank Newsom sneaks into position to make a quick save. It’s tough to position myself to avoid getting the bullfighters in the shot, so I use them as a part of the image to tell the story.”

“It typically takes the new guys a few events to hit their stride when they get to the big show, and it seems like Jacksonville was where it happened for Jesse Petri with an 88.75-point ride. Timing the shot to catch a cowboy in mid-spur stroke makes a photo like this a cowboy’s favorite wall hanger.”

“Not a favorite photo for Andrew Alvidrez, but I’m pretty sure that the K-Bar-C crew will like it. Preachers Kid has always been one of the bulls I enjoy photographing. He bucks hard and kicks out making for great photos whether there is a cowboy on his back, or he has been thrown to the ground.”

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