Matheran Diary - The Wild Wild West.
I was a child when my grandfather introduced me to a magical world of Horses running around the blue black mountains and the harshness of the wilderness and a cowboy ( it took some time for me to understand why the name cowboy) running wild with his firing guns out from his holster, in the flash of an eye....Boooooom!
And in the pleasant summer holidays i would imagine myself a Cowboy and start running around the wilderness of my magical hilly lands with a rope in hand trying to rope in some grazing cows. But whoa! Before i could even touch my mock holster the cows would look disgustingly at me and walk away to graze.
I remember stitching a holster on my own tearing the leather bag my granny used to keep for coins. I remember the tales around me that i used to wake up in the night and shout 'Ahoy! Here i come and would not spare you from the mischief!'
Growing up the reverence just grew further. I started knowing that "The Western is a genre of various arts, such as comics, fiction, film, games, radio, and television which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse. Cowboys and gunslingers typically wear Stetson hats, bandannas, spurs, cowboy boots and buckskins. Other characters include Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, mounted cavalry, settlers and townsfolk."
How these Western films mesmerised me and for life gave me a newer meaning. A newer manner to see the landscapes and find the beauty within those abandoned ruins and the harshness of the wind...
Do you remember High Noon (1952), Shane (1953), The Searchers (1956), and The Wild Bunch (1969), Junior Bonner (1972), set in the 1970s and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), which is set in the 21st century?
And thus my journey began with the Westerns' through my lens and views! The yearn for landscape and minimal landscape photography began and probably would continue till the moment i would die another day....
#photography #westerns #landscape #mountains