Labs Land

Labs Land

The other night I had the opportunity to head out to the plains to the east of Denver to the parents’ home and land of my co-worker, Tori. She had been telling me about all of the “old stuff” that her dad has collected over the years…tractors, cars, boats, bathtubs and whatnot. Her parents, Betty and Al, couldn’t have been nicer and more welcoming to let a guy snoop around their stuff with his camera. An odd request, but one that the Labs family setup and let me carry out without question or hesitation. I am so grateful for the opportunity and had a wonderful time photographing Al’s old stuff. It happened to be the first day of summer and it couldn’t have been a nicer evening.

After the sun went down, they graciously invited me to partake in tacos with them, over which the Labs shared some stories about the area and the items Al had collected. I’m convinced that Al could tell you exactly where he got all of his collectibles and the history about each item. And he has a lot of stuff.

For instance, this old Farmall M tractor, according to Al, was the third of its kind to ever be purchased in the state of Colorado.

Additionally (Al, I apologize for not remembering the gentleman’s name), an original owner of this tractor drove it while towing a combine from the area to the east of Denver to west Texas in one day along two-lane highways in the 1940’s. Quite a journey to take, let alone on a tractor! Quite a sight, too, I imagine.

This is one of many old tractors Al has proudly displayed on his land, and their slice of the Colorado land is quite spectacular in its own right. Unobstructed views in every direction. And quiet. Peacefully quiet.

Al also has several ’57 Chevy’s. One is for parts. The other we pushed onto a trailer, as it was getting upholstered the next day. This one is in the process of becoming a hot rod. I hope to see it when it’s done! And the third is their cruisin’ Chevy. It’s white. It’s a convertible. It’s wonderfully imperfect and full of character. I got to drive it, well, at least to move it to where I wanted it. Al told me not to run into anything.


Don’t hit anything. And if I do, I’ll dig a hole in the ground right here and crawl into it.

I didn’t hit anything. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have gotten tacos. And that would have been really unfortunate.

I took quite a number of photos and will continue to post more as I get through them. I haven’t had the color film processed as of yet, but following are some images I took with my Canon AT-1 and Kodak Plus-X 125 black and white film.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them. Thank you so much, Betty and Al, for your generosity, for letting me snoop around your land and for the tacos!

I shot the images below with a Canon AT-1, 50mm f1.4 on Kodak Plus-X 125.

Jones Peak from Cottonwood Pass Summit

Last September, I took off for an overnight excursion to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in hopes of capturing some beautiful Colorado autumn images. While the aspens trees were just past peak, I was able to get some great nighttime shots and sunrise shots around the summit area of Cottonwood Pass, such as this one of the relatively nondescript Jones Peak. A “thirteener” by measure. This was taken about an hour after sunrise. I love the earthtones in this image as this area of high altitude tundra begins is journey into winter. I look forward to returning to this area during the other seasons in the future to capture this area’s seasonal costumes.

Sunrise of James Peak, near Cottonwood Pass, Colorado

Clay Pot Still Life Photo

These pots live on a shelf above our fireplace and television. I’ve always liked them for their smooth shapes and thought it’d be fun to photograph them in some way. I decided simple was the way to go. Their smooth texture is contrasted nicely against the rough finish of a concrete wall and distressed plank. Shot on Efke 25 black and white film, developed in Kodak TMax developer.