Belgian photographer Wouter Deruytter is well-known for his images of people in the masks and costumes of their identity—from drag queens to circus performers and on to cowboys.

For three summers the artist photographed small-town rodeos in Montana.  Deruytter’s cowboys, however, are not one-dimensional anachronisms. While they carefully document the small-town rodeo, they also exude an undeniable sensuality and youthful elegance the subjects may not even be aware of.

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