Storytellers: Capturing the 'Forgotten Land'

CENTENNIAL – When most people think of beautiful Colorado images they'll likely think of the Rocky Mountains. Perhaps the last place they would think of would be the Eastern Plains.

A photographer from Denver is trying to change that perception by offering a new view of the plains few people have ever seen before.

"You know, I started taking pictures when I was in the seventh grade," said Evan Anderman. Over time, hobbies can soar to new heights and sometimes they take us to places beyond the clouds. "It's kind of my calling in life," Anderman said.

Having spent most of his career on the ground as a geologist, Evan Anderman took to the skies by mixing his love of flying, photography and geology into one. "It's great that everything came together," he said.

While most aerial photographers head for the hills, Evan decided to look out East. "I decided to concentrate on the Eastern Plains just because I think it's a place called the forgotten land. People drive by on the highways and they don't really think about what's happening out there," Anderman said. From his plane, he captures the plains in a way few people ever have.

"The farmers are really the artist and I just take the picture of what they've done out there. It's great to see what they do. When they plow the fields in interesting ways," Anderman explained.

Anderman's way of portraying the plains takes a precise, conscious effort on his behalf. "Whenever I fly out there it looks like chaos. There's so much going on with the farmers and the ranchers and there's just a lot of different stuff.

So I really have to find that essential element for each photograph," he said. "There's a photographer who once said that 'I like it when it's starker because I have to look harder and then I see more'," Anderman added.

Perhaps that's the best way of describing the beauty of the Eastern Plains. Sometimes people overlook them, when all they need to do is look a little closer.

"I want people to know that it is a vibrant community and it's a beautiful landscape out there," Anderman said. If you'd like to see more of Evan's work, he'll have a solo exhibition which opens up on Friday at the Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery (3542 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80220 in the RiNo Art District). There's a Public Reception Friday, September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through October 19.

To access Anderman's website, follow this link:

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