What’s Your Story?


Two images with the same subject: Pete’s Kitchen located on East Colfax in Denver, Colorado. The upper image was taken perhaps an hour after the one at the bottom of this post using the same camera and zoom lens in the hands of the same photographer. And they were both processed by that same photographer: me.

To me, at least, they tell far different stories. In the B&W image I see a smaller, older business…perhaps a little seedy. The motorcycle parked in front and the trio standing to the side contribute to a slightly disreputable air. You can look into the original building and see a few diners. The space looks cramped.

The color image below is…well…more colorful. The dining area is still visible, though not as clearly, and looks brighter and more spacious.¬† It appears a bit more modern and possibly more inviting. Standing outside is an older man, and he certainly¬†is not in shorts and smoking a cigarette. The neon is nostalgic and is a much more important part of the picture. The flowers in the whisky barrels imply the owner is taking a current interest in his business. The building’s age triggers nostalgia, not a sense of neglect.

Two photographs, but with two very different conveyed impressions. When you press the shutter, what story are you telling?


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  1. Dwight Taylor June 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Thanks for the photos and commentary, Tom. You are an inspiration to me.

    • Tom Frerichs June 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

      Dwight, in some movie there’s a line where the hero says something like, “I don’t mind being an influence, but I’d never want to be thought a good influence. It’s just too much work.”

      I’ve seen your work, sir, and you need no inspiration. But thank you for your kind words, and thank you for taking time to read my meandering prose.

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