There are some iconic images on the Denver skyline … but what about the turns and nooks and crannies that the average passerby would not see if just casually walked by?
DENVER – The growth of a city can be seen through all types of lenses. Some find a changing skyline exciting, others disruptive.
“It changes history and shows us the different types of growth and development,” said Samantha Johnston, executive director of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, which has been in Denver for 55 years.
The center recently partnered with the Denver Architecture Foundation to put together an online photo contest and exhibit called Y / OUR Denver. The show’s 30 photos, by 28 different photographers, feature some iconic buildings like the state’s Capitol building, as well as others that may not be as well known. Many of the photos show angles and curves that most may not see when walking by.
“I hope it will educate people about the incredible beauty and richness of our architecture, its history and how much we have to celebrate,” said Pauline Herrera Serianni, executive director of the Denver Architecture Foundation. “It’s part of the growth of our city – architecture is getting better because we can attract more international architects and that way really increase the city’s architectural inventory.”
The photo contest and exhibition are part of the Denver Architecture Foundation’s Doors Open Denver 2018 event, which opens more than 60 city buildings to attendees. Herrera Serianni said 11,000 people attended the event this year.
The photo contest is an extension of the event, and this year the foundation has partnered with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for the first time. Johnston curated the show.
“It was really fun to see these different perspectives on these iconic buildings all over the city,” said Johnston.
Y / OUR Denver is an online-only exhibit that is free to view.
“It’s just a click of a few buttons and you’re on the website and then you can flip through it and sit in the comfort of your home,” said Johnston.
The exhibition can be viewed on the Colorado Photographic Arts Center website until December 31, 2018, and on the Denver Architecture Foundation website until February 28, 2019.