Creating visual permanence in a world of relentless motion.

Documentary Photography

New Portraits from a ranch in Colorado

The magazine finally came out, the embargo passed, and I’m eager to share these portraits I shot in rural Colorado.  Glenda is a pleasure to spend time with, and I believe she raises some of the best cared-for cattle in the country.

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Great display in Fokus Magazine

Many thanks to the editors at Fokus, Sweden’s weekly news magazine, for this amazing display of my photographs created recently on assignment for them.  I spent 2 days documenting the business of cannabis here in Colorado.

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In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards photograph #5

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


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In The Yards, photo #3

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To see more from this project a full gallery is on my website here: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards #2

Below is the second new photograph this year from my documentary photography project, In The Yards.

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To see more from this project a full gallery is on my website here: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


Documentary Photography of Denver’s Stock Show

The 110th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) held here in Denver, has concluded for the year.  I spent most of the show in the historic yards again, adding to my documentary photography project set there.  Last year my focus was portraiture. This year I created reportage style documentary photographs of “In The Yards”.

I hope to post one photograph from this new collection of photographs every few days.  Below is the first, a photograph of Klay leading a bull to get some exercise as the sun sets.

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To see more from this project a full gallery is on my website here: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/

 


A pioneering backyard farm in Denver

A heavy, cold rain poured down on Debra Neeley as she set-up and opened her pioneering Green Gate Farm Stand Saturday morning, but dampen her spirit, or the enthusiasm of her customers it did not. As the opening hour of 9am passed, her front porch – turned farm stand – was packed with customers snatching up fresh herbs, eggs, greenery and tomato starter plants.

This might conjure a picture of life in a small rural town, or of a time long ago, but Debra Neeley is the proprietor of Green Gate Urban Farm and Gardens, a farm located in the backyard of her home in urban Denver, Colorado. She is a one of the first to take advantage of recently passed “cottage food” legislation to legally produce and sell home-grown produce and homemade foods from her residence.

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Photographs from the 4/20 Celebration in Denver

A few photographs from the annual 4/20 celebration here in Denver this afternoon.

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New Photographs: Growing Cannabis in Colorado

It is always a treat for me to meet and photograph a skilled entrepreneur,  farmer or  artist as they work to create something that has the potential to elevate an industry, transform  sentiment or upturn convention.  Recently I had such an opportunity, making photographs inside a Good Meds medical cannabis cultivation facility here in Denver.   Growing Cannabis (marijuana) in Colorado isn’t new, but with the rapid approach of legal recreational marijuana being available to those so inclined (and over 21) from shops in Denver on Jan. 1st, attention on the subject has greatly increased.

 

Farming indoors is a feat I used to associate with survival in a post-apocalyptic movie.  But over the last few years I have witnessed substantial crops being raised in warehouses across Denver.  The photographs below are a few from an indoor Good Meds cultivation facility.  The combination of entrepreneurship, agricultural skills and craftsmanship on display there was wonderful to experience.  While complying with complex regulation they successfully grow a variety of strains and create a truly artisanal product.

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