Santa Fe Street Photography Art in Denver
Street photography has a way of opening up new unplanned experiences. One shot, or series of shots can lead to a conversation that in turn leads to a new unique set of images. It had been a while since I visited the art galleries on Sante fe Street in Denver. So when I was invited to attend a gallery opening on 1st Friday, I invited my friend – a 20 mm rectilinear lens named Ataboy. Of course that meant I needed a camera body, so I chose the Nikon D750. Now what I like best about the d750 compared to the d810 or other Nikon bodies is the tilting LCD screen. No longer do I have to I lie on my belly for low angle perspectives. Although lying prone – eye pressed to viewfinder can be a dramatic effect to impress clients.
Of course, most of what you see here can only loosely be referred to as “street photography”. Real street photography should be gritty, grimy and grainy. And it usually starts with a negative (old school reference) that is properly under exposed. In the old film days the use of infrared film was in vogue for photography projects of all sorts, especially to capture the kind of hip underbelly of a city. Infrared was tricky to process. Hours in the darkroom taught me just the right number of agitation points for a perfect negative. A slightly under exposed infrared frame was far more likely to render the kind of magic we looked for.
My intent with this self assigned project was not really to rehash old film techniques, I just wanted to showcase a few galleries. And if I have time, I might do the same thing next month. I started with the Gallery on 8th Ave (The Gallery at Design Garage) where I met proprietor Kai. I love the space and am considering creating an office for deCroce Photography closer to downtown Denver. The Gallery at Design Garage, is an artist community that offers business space, studios and gallery exhibitions.
I hung around that gallery for a time, sipping wine, viewing art and making new acquaintances. In fact I invited two interesting looking onlookers for a complimentary photo-shoot at some future date.
I meandered through the crowds as I admired more art before landing at The Alpine Gallery on Santa Fe Street. John Passaro, owner of The Alpine is a longtime successful Denver artist.