Category Archives: Social Commentary

Domino’s Door: For the Hood

I was inspired by the Business Doors submitted a few weeks ago.  But I also Loved the Domino’s sign about calling in you order, and having the pizza placed on you hood…..

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Retrospective: The Doors of Ft Lupton

There are many ‘Forts” in Colorado.  But none of them were military outposts.  Instead, these were fortified trading posts for Indigenous Peoples and early Trappers.

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Fort Lupton has been completely reconstructed on a site adjacent to the original location.  It was established in 1836 by Lancaster Lupton, a former soldier and West Point Graduate. Click on the link above for the details of the Founding of the Fort.   He had passed through the area with the Dodge-Leavenworth Expedition in 1834.

Trading Gate, interior, the Natives were kept in this smaller area and never allowed into the main Fort.

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The Watch Tower Interior & Exterior:

Private Dwelling Door:

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Check out the History of Ft Collins, Ft Morgan, Bent’s Fort and there are more Forts, some even were military…………

My Lomo Purple Scanning Adventure

AGH, what a fiasco.  I had this interesting image and wanted to make a print to go over my fire place mantle:

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You’ve seen this one before.  But, over time with the proofs from the drum scan changed my tastes after they showed me a different option, and I wanted to move in a different direction:

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But the Print Specialist didn’t want to work on it anymore.  My husband suggested that my order wasn’t important enough (i.e. not enough income) to make it worth their while.  I worked on the Drum scan myself a bit, but wasn’t making easy progress:

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You can see I have quite a bit to do before it looks like the professionally done image. Then I read this Scanning Article on EMULSIVE and decided to do a little experiment of my own. I mostly learned that drum scanning a 35 mm negative is a waste of time…….So I tried a hi-resolution (6500 dpi) scan with my Epson Perfection V700.

And Mike’s Camera Store in Boulder, Colorado, was willing to work with me.  Then the lockdown happened and although my order had been placed, I had to await the re-opening to get it.  Now placed over my Mantle:

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And a smaller version in my Office, which I may end up giving away……..Both wall portraits were taken with my Mamiya-7 on a tripod using Portra 400 film.

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Mike’s now has me as a permanent customer for color printing……..

Frugal Film Project: May 2020

The Wise Old Owl speaks for the Alley Art Amazin’ mural project in my Hometown, Lafayette, Colorado.  I started capturing these images for the Frugal Film Project and for my own interests in my Hometown’s support of the Arts.

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Coming soon will be a discussion of the Wise Old Owl.  Turns out I have photographed this mural with 4 different color films.  And they all look different.

Below, sharing a few more murals.  I may make a Murals Page on my blog…….

 

Second Floor Door Mystery

I never did figure out exactly how this Door was used.  Found it in an alley during a night  time Denver Workshop……

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Any ideas how this door was used?

Juneteenth 2020

My husband was picking up packages at our PostNet shop.  A women had these signes printed to pass out to friends, family, and whoever she might meet.  He asked her for one and it it now in our front yard:

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And a Flower to Honor all who have died recently at the hand’s of the Police……..RIP:

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Learn More About Juneteenth Here.…….

Loving End to a Rough Couple of Weeks

I hope the my readers are aware of what has been going on in Society.  All I can say is that an African-American Woman, if has had a powerful effect on me.  But Friday a lovely thing occurred.  I found the Stone and Note on my Door Step:

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This was great to find after I discovered a disappointment at the Park on Friday.  First the Rock Tribute to Victims of COVID:

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We had captured a Black Lives Matter Stone, placed there, we thought, because of how much harder the African American Community has been hit by COVID:

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Last Friday this had been removed by someone who felt threatened and hateful.  But later that evening I found this Stone of Hope on my doorstep from a neighbor:

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And My Day Ended Well!

Doors from the New State Supreme Courthouse, Denver, Colorado

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The Front Doors from the Inside…….

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We toured the New Courthouse soon after it opening in 2016.  Of course the Thursday Doors gives me an opportunity to share now with my new Blogger Friends.

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The Court of Appeals is located in the First Floor Lobby and the first Doors you see upon entry.

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Below, Typical Courtroom Doors:

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And just a really nice hallway:

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Our Doors Open Denver Tour was led by then Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, Nancy Rice, who was involved in the design of the Building.  She was a Great Tour Guide because she loved the building!

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See more from the Tour Here.  Some nice windows too that I will have to post some Wednesday…..

 

From An Old Slave Market

This post is inspired by a recent Atlas Obscura article about the Documentation and Preservation of Plantation Slave Cabins.  At the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio (My Hometown).  It is from a Slave Market in Kentucky.  After the Civil War, with the end of Slavery, the building had been used to cure tobacco.  It was so well constructed, that when the farmer wanted to expand his ‘barn’, he built the new barn around it rather than trying to tear it down.

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When the Museum was under development, the story of the Slave Market Building came to their attention.  The Current Farmer wanted a new barn, but also knew the probable history of the strange building inside the old barn.  Somehow the Farmer and Museum made contact.  The Museum torn down the old barn, removed the historic Market Building, and built the Farmer a new barn. Later, the State of Kentucky was upset to lose this historic structure.  But it is well preserved now in the Museum Lobby.

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Another Place of Interest is the Hermitage Plantation, home of President Andrew Jackson.  This is one of the few plantations where Slave Cabins were openly Preserved and Acknowledged.

Since I found this article at the end of Black History Month,  I am posting it in Honor of my Father’s Birthday Today.  And I think this counts as a #WednesdayWindows posting too.