In the late summer of 2015 I met Kees in Kamerik, a little village in Utrecht. I had never seen a cowboy in The Netherlands before and wondered where he’d come from. Kees isn’t the typical cowboy that rides a horse and rounds up cattle, but he has the free, wandering spirit of one. He has chosen his own way of life, more in contact with nature and animals and with a fascination for the old Western and Native Indian lifestyles. This tough cowboy with a tender heart identifies himself with the words of Johnny Cash: “People call me wild. Not really though, I’m not. I guess I’ve never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I’m country.”

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