I always love the feedback and passion that our customers show in every aspect of our business.
Since the release of our newest catalog we have received quite a few questions surrounding the image on the back cover. The responses have been mixed, wondering everything from why we would have a man smoking in print, where it was from, what the image has to do with KUIU, to why we would choose this image.
I very much appreciate the questions and am glad many of you found the image stirring and thought provoking. This is the exact reason we chose it.
The image was taken by acclaimed photographer Paul Bride on a recent red stag hunt in Argentina in which he accompanied KUIU Professional Services director Brendan Burns on a week long horseback hunt into the fabled Andes Mountains. It was a grueling trip in which they experienced many challenges both from weather and game activity. In the end, the hunt turned out to be everything you could ask for in an adventure. In case you missed it, here is a link to the full write up on the trip. KUIU In The Andes.
Below is more information from Brendan on the image and a link to the short film Riding in Ashes. Enjoy!
I’d love to share a little behind the photo on the back cover of our catalog. Its an amazing image that instantly brings me back to the hunt. It was taken on the last day as we ascended up a rocky pass in the rain on the long ride out. The hunt was a grind in which not much went our way. Weather was unusually terrible, stags were few and far between, and the distance covered was far more than anticipated. The difficulty made this a hunt I will never forget.
While the image may not be a traditional posed photo that you are used to seeing in hunting, it is an authentic image taken on the tail end of an unexpected and challenging adventure. This trip was incredibly difficult and tested me both mentally and physically.
The gentleman on the back cover and in the photos below is Argentinean gaucho and guide Felipe Chandia. He is an amazing person and one of the most rugged, tough, mountain savvy individuals I have ever had the pleasure of hunting with. Hands down the most skilled horseman I have ever been around. He had personally built or modified every piece of tack we used. The hat he is wearing is a traditional hunting guide hat from Argentina called a Boina.
While the image may not be politically correct, its true to life. Felipe does smoke, has never owned a vehicle other than his horses, has never surfed the internet, and has been in this particular area since he was born. His family has been working the mountain range for well over a century, and he is the last remaining person allowed to live in the national park where we were hunting. Spending time with him is a glimpse into a time and lifestyle that no longer exists.
Hope you all enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed the adventure.