This collection of photographs represent the older neighborhoods of Denver in a colorful and uncommon way. The bungalow style is among the more popular in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhood, Capitol Hill. These older style of square and bungalows have an enduring history and sustained many of residents throughout their existence. I chose this style of home because of their popularity during the mid 20th century and their unique characteristics, including a porch.
Homes are symbolic for many things, comfort, family and safety to name a few. Porches are a liminal zone, meaning you’re not quite in the home but you’re not outside of it. It is the in-between threshold between indoors and outdoors. Simply the difference of being surrounded by walls and the freedom of no walls. Porch lights can signify people being inside of those walls, a message of safety and protection for those outside. However when the porch light is off and darkness falls, what message are you sending?
In these photographs the porch becomes a reality of uncertainty. Saturated colors illuminate the space of the in-between and a mysterious is positioned upright with it back facing the viewer. Much like a porch light the relationship between the colors and the figures is communicating its own message.
Mike Fabricius has been creating photographs since 2009. Four years later he is still at it, trying to perfect his craft. His creativity and passion him keep him busy, always running after the next vision inside his mind. Much like an architect designs a building he visually constructs his images, piece by piece, adding ingredients one at a time. Appreciating the world around him, not taking life for granted, staying focused and being conscious of each microscopic nuance helps drive his desire to create new images. Curious about everything he uses the camera as a tool to make sense of this complicated world.
After finishing his associates degree he embarks on the journey of a bachelors with aims of crafting conceptually driven art built on the foundation of his technical skills. Mike hopes to inspire those that are interested in his work and build dialogue about the world through visual language. He calls Denver his home and when he’s not photographing he’s exploring the landscape by foot or bike and searching for the best peanut butter on the planet.
I felt myself grow as an artist and individual in this class. I became more concrete on my plans and vision, connecting the dots between concept building and execution. I became more patient with myself and my process as a photographer. I really enjoyed these assignments and being present during critique. I hope to build a greater foundation with my work and continue to step outside of my comfort zone, not letting the mental hurdles get in my way of creating new work. My goals for the future are to have more of my work hanging in public spaces and to sell my work.
Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets goes up for the shot against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2013 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)