Danite : I´m not sure I´ve seen the bar you refer to. Actually, i´m sure that I haven’t. Can you elaborate a bit ?
Phil : Ah…he has not changed a bit. Same clothes, same hair. Judging by the lack of the continuous grin on his face, he might have had his masculin doubts about the hug and/or the photo ;D
A general question for the folks here ; I am feeling more and more resistance to the inclusion of the so called Poblados in my project. Most notably the Western-Leone rancho, Fort Bravo and Mini Hollywood.
I have kept finding excuses not to visit these sites up to now, feeling only a low level of attraction on the base of what I have seen of and read about them. For me there are up to now several factors that make me doubt their importance in the Yucca city project :
1) The poblados are much geared towards making money, not sharing and maintaining cultural heritage. This is reflected in the current state of the towns , often completely stripped of the things that did not fit in the view of the owner®. This leaves quite empty streets, clinical almost. In a way they are already too modified.
2) With the growing realisation that many sites (both landscapes/views and buildings) are deteriorating I feel that my task is to document the lesser known and harder to reach areas. The poblados are either beyond rescue (for example Mcbain house surroundings) or are properly maintained but not very attractive (being redecorated, re-used, painted etc).
3) The photographic public is saturated with photos from the poblados, since every tourist - SW aficionado’s or not - visits these sites and makes their cliché pictures. I hope to make a more interesting and mythical document when it is not clear what exactly the place, time and subject of the book or exhibition are.
A good example of #3 is the recently published work of Aaron Schuman http://www.aaronschuman.com/
He clearly only visited the most touristic of sites, and despite the nice imagery I feel that he missed a great opportunity to dig deeper in the phenomenon of the spaghetti western industry (and Leone´s influence) in this area. In his publication he talks about the perception of Europeans of American culture and history, and decided that it all is about the mostly clicheview. He even re-used points of view from Cox and Frayling in his texts, while in essence he does not seem to realise that Leone is always referring to cliches of the western movie genre, not the western time and place itself. The level of realism in his movies is actually very high, compared to most.
Also I feel that it is rather shameless to use a title with such depth and significance (Once upon a time in the west), especially if you do not reach the level of the original artwork.
end of rant. 8)
Curious of the forum opinions on this one (if you actually managed to skim through all the text :).