Denver Street Art

“who journeyed to Denver, who died in Denver, who came back to Denver & waited in vain, who watched over Denver & brooded & loned in Denver and finally went away to find out the Time, & now Denver is lonesome for her heroes,” -Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems

I walked around the city for a few hours today. The sun was bright and high in the sky, which alters the colors of everything I see. I donated some clothing and food to the Denver Rescue Mission, but my attempts at gaining access to photograph the inside of the mission were rebuked. “Pictures are Taboo,” he said. “Get permission from admin,” he said. Frustrated, I asked him why. He just kep repeating the words admin and taboo.

So I walked away and turned my attention to the grafitti that the area is seemingly covered in. The River North District is bursting with color. I return here frequently to browse Denver’s street art scene. the landscape stays the same, but the colors are constantly changing and found in abundance. In these alleyways, among all the spray painted walls, and chemical smells, and original creations from the brains of amazing human beings, I find solitude. I find peace. I find a quiet moment to contemplate life. I could roam these alleys for days, but the responsibility of parent hood tugs at me to get back to the car, to cut this trip short so I can make it on time to preschool for the pick-up. I don’t have ten bucks to pay the late fee if you don’t pick up your kid on time.


Denver Street Art


2 thoughts on “Denver Street Art

  1. Love this photo!

    My guess that your denial to get in to the Mission, to photograph, probably has to do with privacy issues — especially if you’re not part of a news organization that’s doing a story. Places like that protect the people they serve. The person at the door probably didn’t know your intentions — the poor are often exploited. Now, I know you are’t trying to do that — I’m just saying that the poor and homeless are often used and abused, so, in a place like the Rescue Mission (which is a great organization!), they look after people as much as they can. In a place like the Mission, they would probably let you in, by appointment, and, only let you photograph people who volunteered — and, I think that there are people there, being helped, who’d not want their photo taken… maybe they wouldn’t want anyone to see that they had to go to a Rescue Mission for help?

    When you watch news stories — there are always some around the holidays, talking about the Thanksgiving meals, etc., you’ll notice that most of the people in the news clips are the volunteers. It’s probably not much different than a doctor protecting a patient’s confidentiality.

    Do you use release forms at all? Model release forms — even if the person is not, technically a model. The release form ensures your protection, as a photographer.


    • I didn’t give him a hard time. I really went down there intent on finding a homeless family I could have a conversation with in hopes of gaining access in order to create a photo essay. I imagine that eventually I’ll have to start getting more organized and making official requests. Supposedly Metro has ways for Journalism students to get internships with media outlets, I’m hoping to get some backing like that in the future do I can get in closer and take more pictures. I want access to everything.


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