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In The Yards (new) photograph #6

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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/


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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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/


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 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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Photo Essay: Entrepreneurship

I’ve introduced entrepreneur and restaurateur Ryan here: https://matthewstaver.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-portrait-of-entrepreneurship/

Below are a small selection of photographs capturing Ryan’s journey through creating and opening DiFranco’s in this quintessential tale of entrepreneurship. I believe they offer insight into this often overlooked process – revealing emotion and risk while weaving threads of the economy, the quest for a better quality of life and community betterment into the seemingly simple process of opening a small restaurant.

This was a self-assigned personal project that has yet to find a good home in print.

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A Portrait of Entrepreneurship

I am drawn to entrepreneurship.  Being present at the start or early stages of a new venture is exhilarating.  The air is so thick with excitement, possibility and mission that the atmosphere changes, thickens almost, and can permeate anyone who pushes into its sphere.

Ryan DiFranco conjured this sort of atmosphere as he created his new restaurant, DiFranco’s.  He was gracious and generous and allowed me to be a part of his process, inside the sphere of entrepreneurship.  While inside, I made a documentary style picture story that begins to capture and convey this spirit and process of entrepreneurship through the undertaking of opening a small restaurant.

As an introduction to Ryan and this unpublished picture story, here are two portraits of the entrepreneur himself.

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Documentary photographs of amazing construction in Williston, North Dakota

Witnessing a crew creating a 32,000 sq ft. building in 6.5 days is the epitome of the entrepreneurship, grit and the staggering pace found in the oil boom area in North Dakota.  I can’t say that I enjoyed every moment of this project (the average temp. was 22.3 degrees!) but I absolutely enjoy the wild-west feeling and spirit of the Boomtown, and love working and making pictures there.  Williston_set_Staver_0027

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