Documenting the redevelopment of South Nevada corridor 

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What is lost is often forgotten. That is unless it’s photographed.

Some of my favorite pictures are historical. There are wonderful photographs of the city of Colorado Springs by the likes of Robert Adams, Laura Gilpin and Myron Wood that I come across on occasion, and they just really speak to me and to power of photography

Pictures are a like a time machine. They can document in unrelenting detail changes to a neighborhood or city — changes that are all too soon forgotten and erased from our collective memories.

Photographers over the years have faithfully chronicled how the city has changed in the past 150 years. One of my great joys is to do my part in that documentation of our changing and growing city. One area that’s really caught my attention in the last year is the South Nevada corridor.

I’ve spent the last past few months visiting this area with my walk-around camera and doing what previous photographers have done — document the changes.

Those changes included a new Starbucks, big box stores, fancy groceries and hip burger joints. These are replacing what was once a long row of drive-in motels and storefronts that once catered to tourists who used the new highway system to vacation here.

These motels and stores are now decades old and quite out-of-fashion. This part of Nevada is run down and now home to the poor and displaced too.

It’s a quite a contrast to see boarded up buildings right next to new commercial developments. Soon, this run-down area of the city will get a dramatic facelift.

What strikes me most about photography is it’s unique ability to stop time and record these changes. It serves as an important tool to remember how places and people change, and it’s one of the true joys of the craft.

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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