Impressionistic photographs of colourful California rodeos by Los Angeles-based photographer, Stefano Galli
Cowboys is third in a series of installments by Stefano Galli - after the photographic series, Cars and documentary film, Lamerica - that embodies his fascination with the US, and an attempt to reconcile romantic ideas of America as an outsider with quotidian life in California. The series captures one of the most quintessentially American cultural icons - the cowboy. Generally associated with a spirit of individualism, rugged masculinity, and free will, yet morally ambivalent, the cowboy is a microcosm of the American psyche.
Galli’s impressionistic images from the fast moving, colorful California rodeos are able to communicate before being understood - the viewer hears the pounding of horses hooves, the braying of the calves, the rage of the bulls, the sound of the lasso whipping through the air and the howl of pain from a cowboy who was catapulted to the ground, trying to catch the 8-second ride.
Galli pushes his film in order to achieve longer exposure times, taking images into a more surreal dimension. His images portray the cowboy as a romantic figure; a hard-working man's man performing hazardous, enduring stunts.
Similar to Cars and Lamerica, Galli turns the camera away from the polished streets of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills to focus our attention on a rich sub-culture that gathers in dusty, desolate areas to perform dangerous feats for just a fistful of dollars.
Oleksandr Rupeta photographs homosexuality in conservative China
Words by Oleksandr Rupeta
“Homosexuality does not exist in China.” This is modern China’s stance on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) identities. And yet when it does, national authorities turn a blind eye to their activities, so long as these are not reflected publicly.
Meanwhile, Chinese mythological stories and traditional folktales are full of same gender love plots. From the Rabbit Deity, the Daoist patron god of gay men, to famous Chinese legends such as the Butterfly Lovers, a tragic love story filled with homoerotic subtext.
However, despite the country’s conservative attitude toward homosexuality (today clinics in China continue to offer “conversion therapy” to LGBT people intended to alter their sexuality), younger generations are much more supportive of LGBT people, bridging the divide between China’s folktales of acceptance and politics of oppression.
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