As a teenager in Denver, I got involved in a big industrial arts scene. There was interesting concert promoter at the heart of it, Tom Headbanger.
At that time, Denver had the second largest branch of the Temple ov Psychick Youth in the world, second only to London. I never got involved, but I was curious.
I still see this personal and social history when I photograph on the streets of Denver 20 years later.
I’ve mounted all these pictures into one piece, which is part of a larger project I am doing about my early life in Denver. There are three kinds of pictures I am using in this project – found photographs, old snapshots, and recent black and white pictures I’ve made on trips back to Denver over the last few years. This particular piece, composed of 6 photographs, has all three. The small black and white photograph was pulled from the internet – a picture of Crash Worship in performance – the small color photograph was made about 20 years ago, and is one of the pictures on the first rolls of film I ever shot, and then the larger black and white photographs are all from the last three years, in which I’ve gone back to photography my memories of life in Denver.