James H. Evans
Border Baby, Boquillas, Mexico (1/25), 1995
This was taken for an assignment for Texas Monthly. Robert Draper was the writer, and the story was about the U.S. providing electricity to the small town. As it turned out, there were some protests and they didn’t get it for another 20 years. I had completed the assignment but had a brainstorm idea to photograph a man on a horse in the bar. I went over on a Saturday, and tried to persuade Francesco, the bartender, into letting me bring in a horse and rider. He was not seeing my vision, and I tried everything to convince him (i.e. bribing, making his portrait, offering to clean up anything, and being totally responsible). Still, it was a firm “NO”. I walked outside to regain my composure and think of a new approach, when a woman asked me if I would come photograph her baby. “Of course,” I said, and this image was waiting for me. You might say I was photographically fulfilled. I went back to the bar, shook Francesco’s hand, thanked him and went home.