If you wonder why Santa Fe, New Mexico is the city different after 400 years, this cowboy passing through downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico with his dog should give you a good idea. The spirit of the West is part of our story and woven into the history and legends of the Santa Fe Trail connecting pioneers, traders, families, adventures and anyone wanting a change in lifestyle to Santa Fe.
The legends of the Trail continue to instill interest in Santa Fe now in our 400th year. I wish I could tell you more about this unknown cowboy I photographed on the corner of West Alameda and Guadalupe. We were both waiting for the traffic light to change. He was walking his horse and dog and I was in my car. We never spoke. He waved when I gave him the thumbs up after clicking the shutter.
The image has remained with me like an unfinished silent film. Was he a lonesome cowboy just passing through town? Or was he a one of the "good guys" with his white hat taking a walk before going to work in one of the many films now shot on location here? Or was he a tourist looking for horse property? Or was he just in a parallel universe to mine when we connected accidently on the streets of Santa Fe?
My imagination is open to any of those possibilities because after all this is the Santa Fe I love! Everyone is welcome!