Broncos and Bulls is a documanetary photo project done by Western Australian photographer and writer Paul Amyes.
The idea for a rodeo project arose from a wider study of rural Australia. The majority of Australians live a very suburban existence in close proxity to the coast. The real rural Australia is somewhat akin to another country – a very different experience all together. As the project gained momentum Paul found himself drawn to the rodeo. Initially it was the sheer spectacle of it, then the physicality – the animals are vetrans of the rodeo circuit and some of them have developed very clear stragegies for dismounting the riders. Finally it was the whole concept of capturing motion and movement – before the photographic studies of Eadweard Muybridge no one seemed to understand how humans and animals really moved. The work should be seen in this context as well as being documentary in nature.
I am a freelance photographer, writer and artist based in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.