Revisiting "Colorful Colorado"
Welcome to Colorful Colorado.
That's the greeting you see upon crossing into Colorado on the highway, recalling the Wild West and a distant romantic era of roadtripping that seems to have gone the way of Route 66.
I don't own a car anymore, nor do I live in Colorado, but I still love those signs. Several years ago, I put thousands of miles on my car driving to all 41 of those signs to photograph the extraordinarily varying landscapes greeting wary travelers at the state line.
Colorado's more or less arbitrary borders encompass mountains, deserts and plains that often seem wildly contrary to the state's reputation of being the highest in the country. A third of Colorado — known mainly for its ski slopes, mountain wilderness areas and cities — is Kansas-flat, and replete with obscure places. The images here show that the landscapes along the state line are both alluring and deceptive, showing that the beauty of Colorado is much more surprising than the postcards and ski resort websites suggest.
Consumed by life in New York City, I haven't thought much about this project in a while. So once again I give you "Welcome to Colorful Colorado: 41 Views from the Border."