How the Art Happens - Priorities

March 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment


"Priorities" skis are protected indoors while tools are left outside to rust.PrioritiesRusted tools and toys decorate a Crested Butte, Colorado barn protecting an older pair of red snow skis. This photograph won Best in Category for Mountain Culture in the Banff Mountain Photography Competition in 2006.

The long-gone mining days of Crested Butte have left their marks on the architecture and decor of this colorful mountain town. This garage is one of the more famous landmarks. It's covered with tools, toys, small bottles, and almost anything else you can imagine. Lots of old, broken artifacts are proudly displayed in all of their rusting glory on the side of this garage.

I've done many pictures of this place. It's even been the backdrop for family portraits. This winter I used it as the landmark for photos of the Alley Loop Nordic ski race that runs through the streets and alleys of Crested Butte. This photograph was made around the turn of the century. (No, the most recent one!) Since the building faces east, I prefer to photograph it without the harsh morning sunlight so I wait until the afternoon or a day with overcast skies. I can't remember which situation led to this photo but I do prefer the softer light which brings out the warm-toned saturation of the wood and colorful toys. The red in the skis don't hurt either.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival used to have a still photography competition that coincided with the film festival. It had multiple categories like sports, landscapes, mountain culture, etc. I decided this might be a good entry for the Mountain Culture category so, I sent it in. The Banff folks seemed to like it too and awarded "Priorities" first place in the category way back in 2006. I think the title really helped!

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