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Woody Myers

Life has changed quickly for many Coloradans over the last few months. Woody Myers, a professional photographer, decided that instead of simply watching the change as it goes by, he would start documenting it.

Normally, Myers is the staff photographer at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. This spring, however, the campus is mostly empty. The usual springtime events, including graduation, have all been canceled. So, Myers turned his attention to a personal photography project, something he’s calling “Community Captures.” He joined Colorado Edition to talk about that work.

At first glance, you might see a jumble of weeds, a thicket of twigs, a heap of dying leaves. You might be inclined to stop looking at this point.

Janelle Lynch invites you to look closer, and slower. She'd want you to see each image as a world in itself — not an accidental grouping of plant matter, but a well-ordered composition created by nature and fixed in time and space by her 8-by-10-inch large-format camera.

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For Fort Collins-based photographer Elliot Ross, the camera has always been a way of finding comfort, ever since coming to Colorado from Taiwan.

"When I moved here, I was 4 and incredibly shy," Ross said. "It was a big transition moving from Taipei to a very rural situation. And my grandma gave me a camera. She thought maybe that might help ease some of that anxiety. And it certainly did. It became a fixture of my daily life."

Courtesy of of Art Fort Collins

Have you ever wanted to highlight the more cringeworthy moments that have happened in your life? Like when you thought getting a portrait taken with your pet snake would be really cool, or that time you and your mom had matching haircuts.

The Awkward Family Photos exhibition does just that.

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Chickens aren't a traditional pet.

Still, with chicken coops springing up in more and more urban and suburban backyards, some owners take just as much pride in their poultry as in their dog or cat. So much so, they're primping and preening their farm fowl for beauty contests.

Arne Svenson / Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York

Peek-a-boo, Arne Svenson's camera sees you. From a voyeuristic photo exhibition to a sleepover at one of Colorado's oldest venues to a Beatles reunion – of sorts – this week is pretty packed with options.

Erin Thames / Erin Thames Photography

Fort Collins photographer Erin Thames does typical portrait gigs like engagements and head shots. But her favorite assignments go to the dogs.

"I'm kinda known to be an animal whisperer so people are really shocked when there's scared dogs - 'You'll never be able to photograph my dog' - and I still always get it," said Thames, a professional photographer who volunteers for the Animal House pet rescue.

Nothing Says Boulder, Colorado Like Tube To Work Day

Jul 14, 2015
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Hundreds of Boulderites took to Boulder Creek Tuesday for an annual alternative commute -- tubing.

"I love that there are so many people who are willing to do something strange all at the same time," says Tube To Work Day co-founder Jeff Kagan.

About eight years ago, it was just the two of them tubing down the creek to work. Now the impressive turnout is leading to its own quirky problems.

"I think we're actually for the first time gonna have some commuter traffic, and if there are any tube to tube fender benders please do make sure you exchange insurance info," Kagan joked.­­­­­­

When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn't capture the variety.

So he went to the hardware store and picked up two lights and a cardboard box. "I didn't even have a macro lens — I was shooting through a magnifying glass," he says.

The California-based photographer tinkered with his macro technique until he had created a consistent way to capture highly detailed images of marijuana.

James Beissel / used with permission

Colorado has 130 different species of mammals, and one man is trying to photograph them all.

Actually, James Beissel, a Boulder-based photographer, is starting with about 70 mammals – the ones that are chipmunk-sized and larger.

"Those other species that didn't make the list, those are the small rodents and the bats. Those are a very different approach to photographing them, so maybe that will be my phase two," Beissel said.