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Blazing Saddles

David Yarrow:
“This was a spontaneous photograph taken of the cowboys we had on set one early winter morning in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, which I later realised was very strong work. Thus, we decided together with our galleries to release the behind-the-scenes image to the public in America and Europe, which hasn’t happened in ten years.

Though 99% of my released work is printed in monochrome, this print works better in colour. The orange tones in the flames from the fire are such a crucial component of the story that a monochrome version would dumb down the narrative, and we always want to tell the best possible story. In general, when orange features in my work - such as in my photographs of orangutans - a colour print is often preferable.

The grandeur of the American West is well known and photographed, and so these stunning landscapes should complement the shot, rather than be the shot. Layered narratives have become the core to my style - we like to make a frame sweat, and this image certainly validates that approach. We know this photograph evokes a strong emotional connection in those people in America, who are drawn to the lore of the West”.
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