This week in Denver photos, Feb. 18-24

Here’s an opportunity to catch up on news through the eyes of myself and other fearless photon hunters in town.

Very excited tiny dogs in a window in the Curtis Park Historic District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Very excited tiny dogs in a window in the Curtis Park Historic District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) animals; dogs; residential real estate; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Very excited tiny dogs in a window in the Curtis Park Historic District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

We are so happy to see you. Welcome back to another week in Denver photojournalism. Here’s an opportunity to catch up on news through the eyes of myself and other fearless photo hunters in town.

As always, if you know of a visual journalist who posts to Instagram that I should be keeping tabs on for this weekly roundup, please do shoot me a line at kbeaty@denverite.com.

Let’s work backwards. Yesterday we saw the opening of RTD’s R Line in Aurora. That’s Mayor Steve Hogan talking to a packed tent on a very cold morning yesterday.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. The opening of RTD's R Line in Aurora, Feb. 24, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rtd; r line; train; light rail; aurora; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; transit; transportation;
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. The opening of RTD’s R Line in Aurora, Feb. 24, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And while we’re talking trains, here’s some Laurel and Hardy buddy comedy humor for you.

Big and little vehichles at Union Station. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station; rtd; train;
Big and little vehicles at Union Station. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Speaking of photography (and I do constantly), I’m glad to see that Month of Photography Denver is back. I’m gonna have to go exploring, how about you?

Month of Photography Denver is back, and there might be no better way to start it off than with a trip down to Colorado Springs to see “Front Row Center.” The exhibit features six never-before-seen photos of the late and great David Bowie by photographer Larry Hulst. The 70-year-old Colorado Springs resident has photographed music’s most legendary acts over the past five decades (hence the name of the exhibit). Not a Bowie fan? There are about 75 other black-and-white pictures of artists such as Billy Idol, Janis Joplin, John Lee Hooker, and more at this special exhibit, which is showing now until May 21. 📷: Christian Murdock #music #bowie #5280scene #monthofphotographydenver #monthofphotography #frontrowcenter #davidbowie #billyidol #johnleehooker #janisjoplin #colorado #coloradosprings #coloradospringsfineartscenter #larryhulst #rocknroll #music #photography #livemusic #ziggystardust

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There’s also this thrilling view from firefighter training school:

Behind Union Station this week we saw the opening of Hotel Indigo, a chic inn “designed with a Millennial mindset.” Its opening represents the end-game for that whole neighborhood back there, which has been under much construction.

Ambrish Bisiwala, President and CEO of Portman Holdings and Mayor Michael Hancock. Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;
Ambrish Bisiwala, President and CEO of Portman Holdings and Mayor Michael Hancock. Hotel Indigo’s grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This week we also saw some tumult over immigration as it relates to national policy. On Wednesday, State Representative Dave Williams tried to push a bill through committee that would hold public officials involved with sanctuary city policies at any level responsible if an undocumented resident commits a crime. The bill was struck down.

Christine Goodman, whose husband was killed by an undocumented drunk driver, speaks during the hearing for House Bill 1134, Feb. 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) immigration; capitol; copolitics; sanctuary; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Christine Goodman, whose husband was killed by an undocumented drunk driver, speaks during the hearing for House Bill 1134, Feb. 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

We also observed a remembrance of Japanese-American internment during World War II on the 75th anniversary of FDR’s executive order 9066. History Colorado hosted the event that looked at this dark time in U.S. history and how it relates to current immigration issues.

Aiko Obuko wears a mock registration tag symbolizing that she has a story to tell. A Day of Remembrance for Japanese-American internment during WWII at the History Colorado Center, Feb. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) immigration; japanese americans; internment; history; history colorado center; colorado; denverite; denver; kevinjbeaty;
Aiko Obuko wears a mock registration tag symbolizing that she has a story to tell. A Day of Remembrance for Japanese-American internment during WWII at the History Colorado Center, Feb. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Those tensions also played out during a rally last weekend that ended up at the First Unitarian Society of Denver in support of Jeanette Vizguerra, who took sanctuary there last week.

Jeanette Vizguerra addresses the hundreds who marched from Civic Center Park to the First Unitarian Church where she's taken sanctuary with her children. Feb. 18, 2017. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Jeanette Vizguerra addresses the hundreds who marched from Civic Center Park to the First Unitarian Church where she’s taken sanctuary with her children. Feb. 18, 2017. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

On the lighter side we smacked our lips at Danielle Laurette’s food photography for Westword

…and also ogled Bill’s impressively large collection of sports collectibles at his South Broadway store.

Bill Vizas in his Overland store, Bill's Sports Collectibles, Feb. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sports; bill's sports collectibles; retail; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; south broadway; overland;
Bill Vizas in his Overland store, Bill’s Sports Collectibles. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Finally, sometimes we need to digitize an old photo to bring the past into our digital present. It’s an opportunity to share a bit of history. While we often do this to talk about events that affected many of us, this can be a very powerful way to also discuss personal history. Or to grieve.

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Author: Kevin Beaty

Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.