July 18th, 2012

Video Pick: “I Ain’t No Cowboy.”

Belgian photographer Titus Simoens has been working off and on across the United States, photographing slices of life in the American West. He recently won the Best in Show award at the Foto8 Summershow in London (featured on PDN Photo of the Day);  one of his images of America was honored in PDN’s Great Outdoors competition in 2011.

Simoens has co-directed a documentary, billed as “the story of two young cowboys,” called Miles Away. The documentary was shot in Cow Camp, Idaho, where Simoens also shot still images. Cow Camp is where cowboys Gene and Josh live for six months of the year, tending cattle, managing the land and repairing fences while living in a house without running water or electricity. The documentary has won awards at the Berlinaire Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, and the Docuwest Film Festival in Golden, Colorado. It is now out on DVD.

The trailer for the documentary shows Gene and Josh at work (footage set to harmonica music) and then, in the last seconds, offers a glimpse at what their home life is like.

For more on the documentary “Miles Away,” visit the Web site:
www.milesaway.be