All photos by John Denver, courtesy of the Estate of John Denver.Along with being an environmentalist and an avid aviator who dreamed of going into space, Denver also developed an affinity for picture-taking, and Sweet, Sweet Life, curated by Leon's Eric Dallimore and Lindsay Giles McWilliams, brings the fruits of the singer's photographic hobby to life again, for reasons detailed in the following curators' statement.
It is a fascinating gift to get to know someone by looking through a lifetime of photographs; to see what was interesting, beautiful and worth remembering. Through curating over 10,000 of John Denver's personal images, we found that his work not only represents his passionate vision of nature and the outdoors, but also chronicles the emotional beauty of society and individuals all over the world.Sweet, Sweet Life opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on January 11 at Leon and runs through March 2. Visit Leon online for more information; to learn more about John Denver go to his website.
He was an authentic, wide-eyed wanderer. You don't see lavish clichés you'd expect from a famous touring musician; you see someone who built a career catered toward exploring life with his loved ones, and finding connections with people and nature in parts of the world that weren't yet travel destinations. It's inspiring. We're excited to share this exhibit not only because this is the work of John Denver, an American icon who positively affected lives and land across the planet, but because at the end of the day he was a talented, dedicated man with a lot of heart. That is what is central to our vision at Leon.
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