The blue light of dusk colors a familiar scene in the small Patagonian town of Gualjaina, in the Chubut Province. A gaucho is saddling his horse to ride back home. His pack horse is loaded with a small bag of small purchases he made. Though he had a few drinks in the bar, behind the left door, he won’t put anyone’s life in danger on the way back. With ill luck he will only fall off his horse.
The small Chubut town of Gan-Gan was even quieter than usual the 1984 day I shot this picture. It was Election Day and the bar was closed. However, I made my way inside and found a noisy smoked-filled back room crowded with very happy drinking gauchos who invited me to share the fun. The men sitting outside may only have been a false boredom front.
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