Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This week's cover story allowed me to photograph one of the most striking people I have ever put in front of my camera: Grant Risdon, the last Cachagua cowboy.
Grant is a great subject for a few reasons. For one, his stories—tall tales and all—are a realistic history of Cachagua. Grant is a historian of sorts with his tales of life deep in Carmel Valley.
Conall Jones, son of Cachagua Store chef Mike Jones, is a filmmaker and put together a documentary of Risdon and his stories.
Check out the video clips of Rumsen Films.
Listen below to Grant telling the story of roping a sheriff's deputy:
(audio and visuals produced by Nic Coury.)
Grant has a great, aged face and tells lots of stories and tall tales from his life, deep in Carmel Valley.
There is also this way that he talks and a moment, when telling a story, where his smile turns into this slightly-twisted, devilish little boy smirk (right).
He is also an avid smoker and hand rolls his cigarettes.
Posted by staff photographer Nic Coury.