Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tough Times Don't Last But We Will

March 25, 2020
   Wrapping up the May issue of True West. Goes to press tomorrow. Dialed back my editorial a bit, where I originally waxed on the current shut down of American society. 

Historical Distancing
   I always try to distance myself and the magazine from current events as much as I can because our issues lean towards being timeless, but it seemed just a tad ridiculous that you would pick up the next issue and there would not be ANY mention of the current shutdown. It's a tricky equation. I'm trying to catch the balance between being a time capsule of this period of history and also an escape FROM the events IN the time capsule! Instead of social distancing, it's historical distancing.       Anyway, not easy. This issue will hit in mid-April and who knows where we'll be?

 Oputo Burro Boy, Sonora, Mexico, 1922

     Meanwhile, back to the Mexican Revolution where things are about to get seductive. Hike up your garterbelts,  it's gonna get Western.

Daily Whip Out: "Huerta's Seductress"

Daily Whip Out: "Smokescreen"

   One of the more prevalent aspects of the revolution is the constant betrayal. It's mind-numbing.

     Another fine image from Samuel K. Dolan.

"Tough times never last, but True West will!"
—Randy Jensen

1 comment:

  1. When I went to the small Mexican town of Maravillas back in January, 1985 there was an old fellow who went out into the surrounding desert almost every day and he gathered up firewood almost exactly like in the 1922 image. The house was heated with a fireplace and all cooking was done on a wood stove. He dressed similarly as well. I'll have to go back to check and see if I took any pictures of him. I was careful not to intrude too much on photographing everything unless I asked permission..


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