by: Les Barstow
January 30th - April 1st: During Open Hours
About The Photographer
"My first memorable photograph was taken in the Badlands - a scarlet sun sinking over eroded rock formations. That picture was taken with a Kodak 110 pocket camera - I was 15 at the time, on a high school geology trip through the West. Since then I've gone through four cameras, but I have never changed my photographic goals of capturing the majesty of nature.
Nature has always held a strong place in my heart. For me it opens a window to the Divine - full of inspiration and wonder. It is enduring, ever-changing, and fragile all at the same time. Nature invites you to explore - to expand your horizons. It evokes the best of emotions, and urges you to reach out beyond the mundane. I hope that my artwork will inspire you to reach out to that sense of wonder, and to renew and extend our commitments to keep the special places in this world safe for future generations to enjoy.
These special places are in need of our protection. Even marble floors become grooved with the passing of many feet. Our parks are heavily burdened, and our wild places not well protected; when you look on images of these places, I hope they convey the immeasurable value of our natural treasures."
Les's award-winning images have been used by both the Colorado Parks and Wildlife service and the National Park Service on brochures and websites. His images have hung in the offices of the Colorado State Senate and in the Capital Rotunda, and he is active in the art fair and gallery markets.