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Art, literature, music, and culture of the American West

Who Is Edwin James? Part 2

Originally, my plan of posting these blogs concerning the history of Edwin James was to follow a linear path and doing so on a reliable timetable.  I guess I write blogs like I climb mountains:  slow and with a lot of distractions.  Thus, this second installment concerning Edwin’s climb of Pikes Peak will mostly set […]

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Who is Edwin James? Part 1

The first post, dated August 26, provided a little background for a new photographic project centered on my ancestor, Edwin James, the first documented person to have ascended Pikes Peak.  In 2020, the bicentennial of Edwin’s climb, I will mount an exhibition of photographs from the Pikes Peak area and attempt to follow his route […]

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A Fork in the Road

Yogi Bera once said “If you come to a fork in the road, take it” Twenty-one years ago, with the help of an Artist-in-Residence grant in Rocky Mountain National Park, I began a project to photograph the landscape using a pinhole camera and blue sensitive film.  Created with a classical, Pictorialist composition, the black and […]

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The Journal of Julius Rodman – Edgar Allan Poe

We know of Poe from his popular works of horror and the macabre like The Pit and the Pendulum, Fall of the House of Usher, and The Tell-Tale Heart.  Many are also familiar with his prose, like the famous poem, The Raven.  However, most people are not aware that Poe was very good at perpetrating […]

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