I have been reading Zane Grey novels lately and the idea of a cowboy on a horse seems very masculine to me. This is not the statute that I wanted to post… the owner would not let me take a picture of it. But in going through my old photos, I realized that I had forgotten about this one. This Quarter Horse monument was taken in Sonoita, Arizona (south of Tucson, north of Nogales), and was found on one of our meandering drives to nowhere in particular.
The photo itself was not well taken, thus I played with levels until I was more satisfied with the statute. Then I had this idea of making a “ghost cowboy,” to signify the loss of way of life and to highlight some of the features of this statute. With the hints of the modern background, I hope this shows the incongruity of then and now.
If you think this is overworked, and you’d like to see the original photo, please let me know.