Rodeo cowboys, wrote Norman Mauskopf in his seminal photographic text Rodeo, have a different understanding of pain than does the general public. Injury is part of the game, the price of admission to live the caricatures and legends of the American West.
I’ve published an image of Vince Connolly, a veteran cowboy from Arthur, Nebraska, at the Pleasanton Rodeo previously. That rodeo was important for Vince, since his sons were each riding events that weekend. His son Clint rode bulls–with a broken jaw–and I couldn’t resist making a portrait of pain paired with legend.