IN FOCUS - VOLUME III - Flipbook - Page 44
“THERE IS QUITE AN ADRENALINE RUSH AT
THAT LEVEL OF PROXIMITY AND THIS IS NOT
SOMETHING TO TRY ON YOUR OWN.”
NO. 1 9
AIN’T MY FIRST RODEO
The mythical cowboy, whose image
has been shaped by history, fiction
and folklore, is unquestionably America’s predominant symbolic native son.
For many people across the world, a
cowboy is the most American thing
they can think of. For that we should
be thankful. Much better this noun
than a Big Mac or even an Apple Mac.
Texas is the home of the cowboy
and it is also the home of the longhorn.
It was the birthplace of the great
cattle drives north to the Kansas
railroads in the 1870s and the names
of the State’s leading sports teams
leave us in no doubt as to the pride
in the region’s heritage.
The cowboy and the longhorn
remain part of today’s Texas and
in West Texas we have built up a
strong network of contacts who are
now happy to allow us to drop into
their daily lives. Filmmaking in my
mind is a team sport - we are always
reliant on the help and excellence of
others. We have invested time in the
communities of western Texas and we
are now slowly reaping the rewards.
This was not an easy frame to take,
as the big steer is turning towards my
default flat position on the ground.
There is quite an adrenaline rush at
that level of proximity and this is not
something to try on your own. I had
seasoned cowboys on the ground
right beside me.
I had no expectation of Ryon
Marshall - my go to Texan cowboy being in pin sharp focus. It was not
necessary for the narrative to hold
up. What mattered was that the steer
was flying and that the face and eyes
were pin sharp.
The composition is fortunate,
as it does look as if Ryon is flying.
Anything is possible with him, as it
certainly isn’t his first rodeo.
L AR G E
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