The Other American Cowboy

The Other American Cowboy

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The Other American Cowboy

The Other American Cowboy is a photographic narrative series that explores the lack of African American subjects in traditional American landscapes. Being half African American, the idea came from a personal question I have had since a child. Where do I belong ? In the Other American Cowboy project, I combine iconic American Landscape of the Southwest, Deep South and Midwest with African American environmental portraiture. I was in search of a nostalgic American scene,only found it through White Hollywood film and stills. I started to imagine myself in the images I took. However, being half African American I knew I did not fit into the idea of the quintessential American character.

In the Other American Cowboy, I combine African American portraits with iconic American Landscape to weave a conversation between race and space and why in America race is tied so closely to space and environment. The aim of the project is to break stereotypes of African American imagery found in the all too familiar environments like the inner city, sports arena, or jail. These images which are portrayed in main stream and even in the fine art photographic world, which only perpetuates the stereotype of the oppressed, violent, African American.

In these images, I wish to show a race of strength pride and inner wisdom that comes from living in a country that has never fully accepted us as a part of the “Real” American Fabric.