It is integral to my style of animal portraiture to obsess on the lead characteristics of the subject and then look to magnify those characteristics. I always want a; Champions League model, not a Third Division player. When I photograph African elephants, for instance, I work in Kenya which boasts the biggest, most; magnificent elephants in the world. I would never go to Botswana to photograph an elephant - they are smaller than their East African cousins.; With cowboys, I am drawn to the great state of Texas - where the most authentic,; uncompromising, working cowboys in the world live their lives. The flat and arid, big sky; topography of West Texas offers a distinctive canvas that not just locates an image, it also; lends a stage on which to take a dynamic portrait. Texan cowboys are the real deal and the; vastness of west Texas is their workplace.; On set on the Rio Grande, which divides America from Mexico, I met a working cowboy; called Ryan Marshall. Mannered and tough, he boasted not only extraordinary; horsemanship skills, but a bountiful and ageless moustache and beard. I knew that I had to; take his portrait in full partnership with his magnificent horse, Frisco, and we had already; scouted the perfect location and had been granted access to it the following day. The deal; was done.; The photograph wins because of its vitality and power, but also because of Ryan's; anonymity. I am an eyes person, but on this occasion, we don't need them. This is west; Texas and all the 'True Grit' that goes with it.; The colour version of this image featured in The Sunday Times, UK (see image).
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.