I met two clowns on the way to the woods. They were just standing in my path. I looked at them. They looked at me. I was wearing a straw cowboy hat and had two dogs. They were wearing red noses. “Hello” I said. “Hello,” they said. “Why are you wearing a Cowboy hat?” one asked. “Because I am looking for a Cowboy”, at least I think that is what I said, though it was a silly answer so I babbled on:
“I’ve seen a little hut in the woods, and I think a Cowboy might live there. It’s a mystery house and there may be no one living there. But it’s so beautiful I want to photograph it.” This was all true by the way.
“We are also looking for a cowboy. We came to the country for the day and so far all that we have found is an electric fence. It attacked one of the other clowns and now she is resting. We would like to meet a cowboy and move to the country.”
“Well come with me, it’s just up here.” And off we went.
On the way, I started to take photos, and they started to get quite excited about Cowboys in general. Picture the scene. Me and them, alone on a concrete path which leads to some woodland. I asked if I could take a photo and before I knew it I was filming their improvised comedy about two cowboys and how they keep their horses clean. (See below!)
I love chance encounter, in fact I think I am addicted to it. And I don’t even know why. It’s pure theatre. Live action. But with no rehearsals and only one performance. The adrenalin is pumping. Get it wrong and a chance is missed forever. Get it right and a new friendship is born.
A Tale of Two Cowboys
A Tale of Two Cowboys – Extended Verson