The Jersey Lilly is the most authentic and; isolated "Final Frontier" saloon bar I know; in America. Based in the town of Ingomar,; Montana (population 12), it is a long way; from anywhere. In fact, there is no store; or fuel within a 45-minute drive north,; south, east or west. It truly is the "last; chance saloon".; My fixer in Montana spoke to the owner
a cowboy rather splendidly called; "Boots" - and he agreed that we could use; the interior and exterior for filming on a; Monday and Tuesday in the early summer when the bar itself would normally be; closed. Permits were also secured with the; local authorities to allow us to film in the; bar with a tamed bear.; I did a reconnaissance the previous; Saturday - a good three hour round trip; from Billings, Montana - to check the; light and the bar's interior. It was clear that; there was potential to tell a "wild west"; story, but equally I would have very little; depth of field in any photograph I took -; the window light was okay, but not overly; generous. I was drawn to the number of; animal heads on the wall and in particular; the massive bison in the top corner seemed; a great prop to play with, albeit I needed a; composition to show it off.
Roxana Redfoot from Dallas, Texas is a star
she is smart, as well as striking and can; play any character role. On this occasion,; her role was within her comfort zone - a; sassy and smokingly sexy saloon bar maid; with a no-nonsense approach to over eager; customers. The customer, Adam - a; 1000 lb brown bear - is not normally; aggressive but working with him is far; from easy - as he does not speak English.; Roxanna showed no anxiety and was; theatrical and focused from start to finish.; Her eyes had to tell a story.; For my part, I had a preconception and; an image in my head. It was vital to me; that both the bear's head and Roxy's head; had to be equidistant from my camera; lens - which probably meant that they; had to be looking at each other. I knew; that we would have a limited window of; opportunity as Adam was not going to; play the role for long - he gets bored easily.; Luckily the rabbit behind the bar kept him; focused for longer than I expected.; The vast majority of shots did not work; for one reason or another - my focus, the; bear's head position or the interaction; between the two characters. But this one; image is a gem. The American Wild West -; you cannot beat it as a canvas on which to; paint a playful vignette.
About The Gallery
Isabella Garrucho Fine Art is an art gallery based in Greenwood. It offers a great selection of artworks for sale by many emerging and established artists.