I grew up in Lithuania. We knew nothing about the American Wild West.. Occasionally we saw a cheesy Hollywood movie featuring fights between cowboys and native americans.
I now live in Oregon. I wanted to learn more about American cowboys. I decided to photograph Rodeo's; a behind-the-scenes look at small towns in Oregon. I decided to focus on small, sparsely populated towns. It seems the people in small towns are more connected to one another; they are friends, they celebrate local events and holidays together. I like the sense of community.
During the summer of 2013, I traveled throughout Oregon and photographed rodeo events and parades. I was amazed to see hundreds of happy faces from the city and local counties who came to participate in these events.
Competition for cowboys can last a second or the lucky ones can ride a horse or bull for a full eight seconds. Tears, happiness, broken bones are all a part of the rodeo experience. The crowds, full of anticipation, come to the rodeo to cheer and wait for more thrills and excitement.