Javier Alvarez (Santiago, 1988) Javier Alvarez is a documentary photographer whose focus is in social issues regarding identity and resistance in different cities around Latin America. He completed his study in Professional Photography...
A few miles away from the town of Saguache, there is an empty lot of land, with properties sold for a few thousand dollars per acre. People come here to settle down or use it as a place to grow marijuana, due to Amendment 64, which legalized the plant in Colorado.
A little girl waits for her turn to go on stage at The Southern Ute Bear DancePowwow. It is during these three days that the Ute Tribe gathers to celebrate the coming of spring, symbolized by the bear coming out of hibernation.
For most of the teenagers in rural areas, their only option is to leave their hometown looking for better job opportunities or sign up for the military as a career. This senior student is about to join the Navy, in keeping with the family tradition serving in the military.
Some of the kids who attend the Mountain Valley School in the town of Saguache live in poor conditions without running water and electricity. The school sometimes represents the only place where kids find shelter, affection or support.
Craig Coal Station. Coal mining is one of the main topics that has divided the population. This plant is just five and a half miles away from downtown, polluting and creating microclimates due to his activity. Yet at the same time, providing the majority of the town with jobs.
If there is one thing we can all agree on in politics, it’s that our country is divided. Yet what is less certain is where we are headed. It is said that by the 2020 election, the millennial population will be larger than the baby boomer population, making them a crucial piece of our future’s direction. Yet, this is the voice we know the least about.
Through interviews all across the state of Colorado, we are capturing voices of the young population in order to better understand their beliefs, where those beliefs came from, and how they will influence the next election. By sharing each subject’s perspectives on these issues, the series will portray a multifaceted view of part of a generation that might determine the next president.
Why Colorado? It is said that Colorado is where the liberals shoot guns and the conservatives recycle. One of the 11 swing states in the 2016 election, Colorado’s identity is unique in its worldview: fiercely protective of its gun rights , yet overwhelmingly in favor of protecting its public lands, possessing of two top-ranked “innovation hubs” (Boulder, Fort Collins,) and also deeply-rooted heritage of farming and ranching. Yet perhaps its seeming dichotomies are actually where the potential for bipartisan agreement lies. (2017 Ongoing).