On the ground at Garden of the Gods

I spend so much time on the road but wanted to get some shots from inside with a bunch of tourists.  Most of this was just a regular Thursday in the Summer, I missed out on getting 4th of July because it rained a lot of the afternoon.  I’ve been back a few times now but the crowds haven’t been there.

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Colorado Springs breweries

One of the special tours we did recently, a team-up with a bus tour company and the nicest hotel in the area.  Colorado Springs has almost 25 breweries around town, these half-day tours focused on 3 of the more prominent ones.

I also threw in one that’s close to the office as I go there now and again.  Some of our most interesting spaces are old buildings that have been renovated and repurposed; we have a few breweries around town like that, they used to be hotels, schools, railroad infrastructure, etc.  I’m happy to see these buildings given new life instead of being torn down in the name of progress.

A rapidly vanishing America

As I write this I’m staying in a vacation rental in Fountain, CO, on an old 1915 farmstead that is a holdout in what seems like ever-faster-paced life all around it.  Across the street the suburbs keep encroaching on what used to be arable farmland.  Now it’s just fodder for the land developers and the constant flood of people from California.

It kind of reminds me of this article that I read recently, with changing tastes and demands just contributing to ever-more waste and unsustainability in the name of “morals.”  We’ve known since the time of Malthus that there would be a breaking point but when will that be?  What I want to do more than anything is get away from all the crowds, the influx of the unwashed masses, live somewhere unspoiled by Man.  The problem is, I would be just the tip of a new spearhead and then slowly yet another landscape would be ruined eventually.

In the family way 4×5

This is a bit of a change for me, family portraits: my brother, our mom, his wife, and her mom.  My brother doesn’t like getting his picture taken and hates sitting still for it even more so I suppose this tried his patience the most considering the slow workflow of large format, but I think I got what I wanted and hopefully the rest of the family did too.  I printed two of these and gave them as presents so I see them in person rather often.

The big news was that my sister-in-law and brother were expecting their first baby; the poses were all her idea (I suppose she saw them online somewhere and because it was cold outside we used the big bay window in my mom’s upstairs living room.  Looking at them now I think that the background might be a bit busy but it was the best room in the house for it.

This was me still learning development techniques and you can see it around the edges of the frame, I think this would have been Thanksgiving of ’19 but I’m no longer sure.

Bowling alley cowboys 4×5

(and cowgirl)

These were from last year’s Christmas party held the end of November, this year at a large place on the North side of Colorado Springs, with bowling, but also laser tag, an arcade, etc.  I told everyone to come dressed in their work outfits and I would take pics, but only a few did which made it into more of a prank than I intended, plus so many people refused to sit still long enough.

Ilford HP5+ pushed to 1600.  The lighting wasn’t terrific and even with the extra 2 stops my shutter speeds were very low.