Photography

The Kansas City Blues

got the Kansas City blues

wishing it never happened

waiting for closure

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America, Life, Photography, Photojournalism, Urban Landscape

The Urban Landscape of Denver, Colorado

DENVER,Colo.-September 30, 2014-A mural depicting Jack Dempsey adorns the outside wall of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company downtown. The boxing legend was born in Manassa, Colorado and held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919-1926.

DENVER,Colo.-September 30, 2014-A mural depicting Jack Dempsey adorns the outside wall of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company downtown. The boxing legend was born in Manassa, Colorado and held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919-1926.

iconic boxer
aggressive power puncher
from Colorado

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Doors

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home to the homeless

Three Thirty Three East Colfax

off the beaten path

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Me and My Shadow

weaknesses and flaws
repressed personality
hidden in shadow

light cannot reach here
the shadow is my dark-side
the wild unknown

the monster inside
a vision in a dream world
dark and exotic

disappear shadow
my everyday persona
protects me from you

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Me and My Shadow

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Denver Street Art

feline graffiti
the tattoo-faced kitty-kat
a sad expression

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Denver Street Art

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scars on the landscape

deserted and neglected

signs of urban rot

 

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Abandoned in Denver

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Tiger Kim's Taekwondo Academy

open handed strikes
take downs, sweeps, throws and joint-locks
healthy self-defense

http://www.tigerkim.com/index.htm

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Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy

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Doors

bombing the city
doorways are a main target
color explosion

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Doors

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Denver Street Art | E. Colfax & Fairfax

For some reason I always gravitate towards Colfax. I wonder what that means? I come back to it repeatedly and just wander the avenue. It always gives me a sense of exhilaration and nervousness. Maybe I am addicted to the rush you get when you’re in dangerous surroundings. I grew up just a few blocks away from here. My family has all left the state by now, I have some Uncles out here, but my life is far removed from theirs. My real family, the Nuclear Family, mom, dad, and two sisters, this is where we cut our teeth. I’ve lived in many places in my life, but this place just feels like my home. A 26 mile stretch of road in the middle of North America, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I love this place, it reminds me of myself. Strong, proud, not without its flaws, but inherently good. It’s the one place in Denver that still reminds me of Denver.

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Denver Street Art | E. Colfax & Fairfax

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Jefferson, Colorado

A dilapidated structure looms along Highway 285 in the South Park Valley.

I remember this moment. It was quiet, the air was cool up here at 10,000 ft. above sea level. I took a stroll through this sleepy town after driving for hours. I’ll never forget this trip because it was the last one we took with our bus before it kicked the bucket. We camped in the dispersed camping along the Arkansas River. We just hung out, picked up trash, stuck our feet in the water and watched the world go by. I met a transient man who reminded me of Pig Pen from the Peanuts. His face was completely covered in dirt, his clothes were tattered, and he was pulling a cart on his bike that looked like some sort of shrine to all things junky. He kept asking me for weed. I told him, “No man, I don’t have any weed,” and he would just say “But, you just look so STONED.” I had to always be on the lookout for that guy, he just always seemed to be creepin’ around our campsite.

We also met a family traveling across Colorado on their bikes. They had their whole family with them, three kids, a dog, all their gear, the whole nine yards packed up in bike trailers and backpacks. They were an interesting and inspiring crew.

A stranger with a penchant for Golden Retrievers chatted me up about his dogs, the town’s annual river fest, and his disdain for all tourists like me. “We want you to come and spend your money for a few days, then we want you to GET OUT OF HERE.” I often wonder how many others who have passed through this area have encountered this man and endured that speech. I’m willing to bet that it is more than a hundred.

I’m looking for images to send to a gallery show that my photography instructor  insists I should enter. There is no theme, but that has me stifled as to what images to send in. This is one of those images that I contemplate often, I keep coming back to it. It must be the moment that is appealing, the memory of that moment.

I’m swimming through so many images, I look at them until my eyeballs can’t take it anymore, I come away from it feeling stressed out. I’m feeling that pressure to keep taking things up a notch. I’ve done three smaller gallery group shows. I’ve spent the money, provided the prints, and attended the openings. I’ve had the gallery show experience and received positive feedback, but I still somehow find a way to let the self doubt creep in and take over. It doesnt last that long before I remind myself that it doesnt matter what other people think. I’m going to die, before I die I’m going to try and become a photographer. Now if Icould just muster up enough energy and intellect to come up with a good story.

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Jefferson, Colorado

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