Really pleased to get the first bit of international publicity for the project particularly as Landscape Stories are doing such good work bringing together photographers from around the globe and to present their work to a wider audience.
I’m back in rainy London and the new university term is underway. Now I’ve finally caught up with things here so I wanted to share the last few images from Huerfano county and a few photographs of southern Colorado as I began an amazing road trip to California in August. But most of all I wanted to say a big thank you to the Museum of Friends and the people of Huerfano county who made me feel so welcome. The generosity, enthusiasm and warmth of the residents of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Libre made this project possible. It was an amazing opportunity to spend the summer building a portrait of this incredibly diverse, proud and resilient community.
Robby, Susan, Arizona and Graylin from Phoenix have set up a new contemporary Christian church in Walsenburg. Robby and Susan have been ordained via the internet and were holding services this summer at their new Mountain Spirit Christian Church.
Originally from Sicily, the Corsentinos have been farming just outside Walsenburg for four generations. Pollution in the water from a mining company caused their crops to fail a few years ago and also reduced immunity in their cattle due to the high sodium content. Kaylee Corsentino is a member of 4H, a youth development organisation popular in Colorado, teaching responsibility through numerous programs including rearing livestock, which Kaylee has chosen this year.
Born in Louisiana, Paul came to Huerfano as a teenager via a year traveling with the carnival and settled in the now defunct commune of Archulettaville, close to Redwing. Paul ran for State Representative as the Libertarian candidate and is proudly off grid in Walsenburg, running all his household on solar and wind power including the Green Machine, converted from agricultural junk.