Hello & Welcome to
The Colorado Abandoned Newsletter!
We hope you all enjoyed this past Thanksgiving with family and friends and ate way more turkey and/or ham and all the fixins than you should have (this is a free day, right!? - lol).
We have been very blessed recently by being featured by The Gazette and KOAA TV out of Colorado Springs (more info below in the newsletter). We always enjoy an opportunity to share our love of photography and the art we create from it with anyone we can. These reporters, journalists, and photographers are very much appreciated for what they do to help us get the word out, and for what they do to inform, educate and entertain the public.
We do post a few images on Facebook once in a while, but Instagram is where we post the most. We try to post there at least once or twice a week when we can. So, if you are wanting to check out the latest images we produce, please subscribe to our instagram feed Here!
Have a Safe, Happy, Merry, Festive, etc. Holiday Season
and we will get out another newsletter after the first of the year.
"Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours.""
"Winter is a glorious spectacle of glittering fractals complete with a soundscape and atmosphere entirely its own."
"The snow did not even whisper its way to earth, but seemed to salt the night with silence."
"A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things."
~George R. Martin
"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.""
Radio Flyer - the wagon of choice
Lex and Vincent were able to get out for a little while this past fall and take a few pictures. They traveled down into Las Animas County for most of their time out and about and found a few treasures along the way. They were very happy to have mother nature provide a cool, slightly wet, drama filled sky to provide an added element to the images they were able to capture on this outing.
In the picture above, Lex captured this quiet scene with an old, run down, abandoned house as a backdrop for the once very active radio flyer wagon. A lot of different scenarios came to mind thinking about this old wagon.. two young kids not more than 6 or 7 taking turns pulling each other up and down the road - a little bit older child being instructed by his mom to go out the woodshed and bring in a load for the big pot-bellied heating stove, or the young ones once again making a big batch of snow balls and loading them into the wagon to haul over to the snow fort to have for protection from the other neighborhood kids. These old artifacts and buildings (homes) always seem to stir up the imagination of what was, and what the future held.
We hope you enjoy this one.
A little about the Radio Flyer - Radio Flyer is an American toy company best known for their popular red toy wagon. Radio Flyer also produces scooters, tricycles, bicycles, horses, and ride-ons. The company was founded in 1917 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Featured in Colorado Springs Gazette Life Section
With all of our crazy schedules, a wedding and a few other scheduling conflict delays, Seth Boster, a features writer at The Gazette, who covers the outdoors and the people and places that make Colorado colorful was finally able to make the trip down from Colorado Springs to Rocky Ford to interview Lex and Vincent for a feature article in the Life Section of the Gazette.
Seth brought along the talented Kelsey Brunner, an intern photographer to take pictures of us taking pictures (so meta) during the interview. We had a great time visiting with these two young pups and wish them much continued success in their futures.
Visit Seth Boster - On Facebook
Colorado Abandoned Group on Facebook
The Colorado Abandoned Facebook Group continues to grow daily! As of this newsletter we are at about 1300 members.
One of the fun things we started doing was featuring a members photo each week as the cover photograph and we try to use a new members photo when we can. The quality of images that the members of this group are posting is amazing and each week is an adventure in Colorado history and art.
How fun it is to see all the new and exciting rural and urban exploration photos being posted by the old and the new members. The best part is that all of these new images are from all over the state. We just don't get much out of southeast Colorado to shoot, so these new images are a real Treat!
If you are not following the Colorado Abandoned Group on Facebook yet, now is the time!
Click Here! to access the group on Facebook.
Interview with KOAA TV
Back on November 17th, we had the pleasure of doing an interview with Jonathan McMichael from KOAA TV out of Colorado Springs. Jon is the digital reporter for KOAA and he has been with the station since October 2017. More of his work (along with our article) can be found Here in the Digital Original section of the online edition of KOAA News.
We had a Great (cold) time and really enjoyed Jon's interview and media capturing abilities. Even though his fingers were about froze off, he continued taking take up shots, go-pro video shorts, and some fun and interesting video clips of us and the area where we were shooting at that day. We know for sure he spent more time shooting than we did. Check out how red his fingers are in the photo above. Some of that is the enhancement of the photo with editing software, but they were getting pretty red for sure.
After the interview out in the elements, we went into Rocky Ford and had a Great Mexican food dinner at Taqueria Mexico #2 on the east end of town where between the warm interior of the restaurant and the spicy food we managed to get all warmed up again.
Colorado Abandoned at the Galaxy Gallery
We currently have most of our photographs on display at the Galaxy Gallery in Lamar, CO, located at 108 North Main Street.
Remember, Christmas is coming soon and everybody knows you need to buy art for your friends and relatives. In addition to our photography, there are currently 6 other artists being featured at the Gallery with a wide variety of mediums and subject matter to choose from. Stop In - Buy Some Art - Make Someone Happy!
The gallery is still looking for a few artists to display their work. Visit their blog for the Gallery at https://www.ruralcm.com/gallery-blog/ or Call 719-695-0785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Full Disclosure - Vincent helps Robert Townsend (the owner of Rural Community Media) with the gallery and with the marketing business.
We are working on a Book Deal and hopefully it will be published and ready for distribution by the end of the first quarter of 2019. More on this in the next newsletter.
We are seriously looking at doing a podcast after the first of the year that will cover the art and the experience of rural (RUREX) and urban (URBEX) exploration. This podcast show will not only feature Colorado, but people and places nationally and internationally. Scripts are in preparation, working on list of explorers to interview, and working out the best way to record and distribute the podcast.
If all goes well, there will be more fun times ahead!
The Search Is On
We are always looking for new places and things to explore and document for Colorado Abandoned. We are pretty sure that we have just barely scratched the surface on abandoned locations, buildings, vehicles, farm machinery and places that at this time, we had no idea they even existed in Colorado.
If you know of any of these places or things, please drop us a line and let us know. If it works out, we will do our best to reward you in return with possibly some pictures and maybe more. Just visit our Contact Page and fill out the form and we will get back to you.
We would very much enjoy your feedback, ideas and suggestions! Please visit our contact page and leave us a note.
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Lex & Vincent
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