Residency project featured in Landscape Stories this month

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.

Sam Massington

I interviewed and photographed Sam last week. During the Second World War, he lived on an airbase in Cambridgeshire, England, which was where I grew up. He grew up in La Veta, he’s now 93 . He showed me some of his old pictures of La Veta in the 1930’s. He moved away from the county when he returned from the war and got married. A few years ago his wife became ill and got a place in the Veterans nursing home here so he moved back to the area to be close to her. After she passed away Sam decided to stay in Walsenburg and came across a lady who had been his first girlfriend at 18. She had also returned to her childhood home in recent years and they have become companions once more after a 67 year recess.

Sam at home in Walsenburg

Sam with pictures of himself and Lillian took 67 years apart

Sam aged 3, bottom left, family portrait, La Veta 1921

Sam and his wife to be, Unabelle in La Veta in 1940

Sam and Unabelle in the Rockies

La Veta School for the Arts and the IIA

La Veta is known for its artistic and more affluent community. It even has its own Art School run by local Artist, Peggy Zehring. I met one of her and her class during a weekend abstract painting course. Peggy also runs an artist group called IIA ( who focus on the philosophical approach of Kandinsky.

LVSA class in progress

Gary doing a blind painting exercise

The IIA group in Peggy’s studio

IIA artist, Lana