Several Garden, Glen Eyrie past/present photos in newly published book
Titled “Colorado Then & Now,” the 204-page publication is the second endeavor by Denver-area photographer Grant Collier to literally follow in the photographic “footsteps” of his great-great grandfather, Joseph Collier.
Grant “traveled throughout Colorado taking photographs from the exact same spots where Joseph captured his images over a century before,” states the Collier Publishing website. “In 2001, Grant released a book of these photographs entitled 'Colorado Yesterday & Today.' 'Colorado Then & Now is the sequel to this book, and it contains 200 new photographs. These images capture, in stunning detail, the changes that have occurred in Colorado over the past 145 years.”
A Westside Pioneer follow-up on two of the then/now Glen Eyrie photos shed historic light on a former cottage beside the North Dakota hogback, near the entrance to Colorado Springs founder William Palmer's castle property. It appears
Among the book's early Garden of the Gods-area photos are the former Bear and Seal formation (the “seal” fell off in 1942), the site of a pioneer camp (which also shows the hillside, pre-Queen's Canyon Quarry) and the Gateway Rocks (with multiple paths/roads between the formations).
Asked about his great-great grandfather, Grant Collier replied in an e-mail, “I don't know a whole about what inspired Joseph to take the shots he did. He didn't leave much writing behind, except for one letter. From that, it seems that a passion for adventure and travel inspired him to get out to many locations throughout Colorado and beyond. I'm sure he also considered the commercial viability of the images, as each plate he exposed was expensive to produce, so he had to be pretty selective with what he shot.”
To purchase Collier's book, or to get more information, go to collierpublishing.com.
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