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New Photography @ The Denver Puppet Theater

I was finally able to photograph Annie at The Denver Puppet Theater the other day.  She is always amazingly busy, I found.  That makes sense because Annie is not only a wonderful puppeteer putting on a variety of fantastic shows. She also creates all of the puppets, is a kind human being and provides a wonderful service to all of the children who attend.  I believe that her method of helping people think creatively and open their mind is treasure to all those who attend.

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and office)

 

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))


(final) new photograph – In The Yards

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In The Yards – new documentary photograph added

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In The Yards – washing

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New photograph In The Yards

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In The Yards (new photography)

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In The Yards

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In The Yards (a new documentary photograph)

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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

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In The Yards (new) photograph #6

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In The Yards photograph #5

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In The Yards photograph #4

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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, “In The Yards”, set there. Last year my focus was portraiture. This year I created reportage style documentary photographs. ©Matthew Staver All rights reserved. Do not copy, download, post or distribute. Photographer: Matthew Staver 303-916-6155 http://www.matthewstaver.com mattstaver@hotmail.com

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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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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New OTR photographs – The spaces and places in between

Below is another addition to my ongoing project, On The Road; a series of non-manipulated photographs capturing the essence of a landscape in a very non-traditional way.  Often my work takes me to remote or rural locations that require hours of driving to reach.  The spaces and places in between offer their beauty as the miles roll by.  With these photographs I hope to capture a bit of the soul of the land I pass and a glimpse into the lives lived upon it.

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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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Photographs of the 2013 hemp harvest in Colorado

The DEA did not show up to raid his field earlier this month so Ryan Loflin and a crew of volunteers harvested, by hand, the first major (known) hemp crop in The United States in over 50 years.    Ryan quietly amassed the illegal seeds from abroad and planted them earlier this year in about 60 acres of the same land he worked as a boy in a remote corner of Southeast Colorado.  In early October,  as part of a decision to optimize yield, he opted to harvest the entire crop by hand.  Instead of hiring migrant farm workers Ryan turned to twitter and facebook making a general call to anyone interested in participating in this historic event to go to his farm, camp and help harvest.  Friday night the crew began to assemble, most camping in tents inside the barn used the following day to store the harvested crop. People came from down the road, and as far away as Idaho and Texas to participate.  Saturday morning after filling out an indemnification contract, a breakfast of muffins, yogurt and coffee, Ryan and fellow hemp enthusiasts fanned out across the weedy hemp field plucking the green leafy stocks, now mature and heavy with seed, one by one, pulling out the entire plant by the roots.

 

Harvest weekend proved to be a visually interesting event full of colorful characters harvesting a crop in the still drought-plagued Southeastern corner of Colorado that directly reflects the changing attitudes and laws about Cannabis and Hemp in Colorado and around the country.  And it was all made possible by the entrepreneurial spirit of an enterprising farmer.

I made 3 trips to the farm and hope that the photographs below capture Ryan’s entrepreneurial spirit as well as showcase the undertaking in a visually interesting way.

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Documentary Photographs of Colorado Flood

The 2013 Colorado flood caused catastrophic damage along the entire Front Range, mountain communities, farmland and towns along the South Platte River.  Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, roads and bridges were washed away and several people were killed.  I spent an afternoon in Jamestown and a morning in Evans working to create a collection of photographs capturing a slice of the toll the flood inflicted on the people in its path.

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Photographs of Colorado Flood 2013

An unprecedented week of heavy rainfall across the Colorado Front Range has flooded mountain towns, larger cities, portions of Denver and rural agricultural lands.  I wanted to see how the more rural Colorado agricultural areas were affected, especially those situated along the South Platte River.  Floodwaters race down canyons in minutes, but it can take days to reach here.

Below are a few documentary style photographs from my trip through the area yesterday.

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6 photographs at the intersection of man & nature

Another day began, as many promising days do, with myself in an unfamiliar car and rural miles extending ahead as far as I can see.  On this day the dreary morning was welcome; rain for the ranchers and farmers I was passing by and would soon meet is so deeply needed here.

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Photographs from tornado in Moore, Oklahoma

I spent 2 days on the ground photographing the aftermath of the tornado that tore through parts of Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, May 20th, 2013.  Below are a handful of the photographs ranging from aerial photographs captured near sunset the day after to residents and volunteers salvaging items of sentiment and value from destroyed homes and views inside Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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New X100s photographs from 4/20 celebration

I have had my new camera, the Fuji X100s, for a short while now and have been rather pleased with it as a camera and the photographs that can be made with it.  I took it (and only it) to the 4/20 marijuana celebration in Denver yesterday and made a few available light, documentary style photographs, and a few using off camera flash.

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3 new non-traditional landscape photographs

3 new non-traditional landscape photographs attempting to capture an ethereal portrait of the landscape.

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