The New Topographies show at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) opened this week including my Land of Milk and Honey project.
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.
Stag and Hippo
8am: Complimentary coffee at First Choice
Trophy head for sale
Real dinosaur eggs
Blue car coat
Girl in pink and rotten apples in dry water channel
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.
Kaylee Corsentino by the cattle pens
Feeding the pigs
The evening feed of the chickens
I went for a hike on the north fork of the Pergatory River near Trinchera with Lisa and Bryan this week and got to try and fly a ‘speed wing’ in the mountains.
Tomas Shash is the headman at the Aztlan, a Native American Church in the county. He grew up on a reservation in New Mexico and his philosophy is a native-American way of life, living simply, leaving as little of a footprint on the earth as possible. It seems to be becoming more popular, at least in these parts, with Americans of little Native heritage also taking part in meetings, lodges and ceremonies. They welcome people of any religion, opening their land to those persons who need a break from the rat race, Woofers and other volunteers. Each weekend they hold a sweat lodge ceremony and in July they hold the annual Sundance ceremony.
“It is important to share in a common prayer, no matter what religion, if any, participants follow.”
The Arbor, now being prepared for the forthcoming Sundance
Tomas in his dome