Arts and Culture

Sneak peak! Jennifer Goodland's Big Year Colorado photography gallery at Leela

Jennifer Goodland teaches Colorado history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and she truly loves this state. On an unpaid sabbatical from teaching, since April she's been trekking across Colorado with the goal of photographing every town in this state. After photographing close to 400 places, she's about halfway done with the actual pictures -- but her project is really just beginning.

She'll be sharing the photographs, and the stories behind them, at a show that opens tomorrow, and she says she's eager for ""people to come out to the photography show whether or not they want to buy something. I just want to talk to people about where they live, to be honest. For me, more than anything, this is sort of my love letter to the state. This is what I feel I can do even with my disability. I feel I can get people to take pride in where they come from. Even if they think they come from 'nowhere special,' what I tell my students is 'everywhere is somewhere special.' "

Goodland's gallery will be open starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, at Leela European Cafe. Keep reading to learn more about Goodland, and to see a sneak preview of some of her photos.

See also: - Despite a tragic summer, Colorado is still the real sunshine state - 50 reasons Colorado is the best state - Five things to do at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge - How Denver native Matthew Batt turned a Salt Lake City crackhouse into his home

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Natalie Gonzalez