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Pursuing a passion: Granby resident debuts striking photo collection

Stark Raving Mad Photography owner and operator Jon Stark poses briefly poses beside one of his prints during a recent photo exhibition at the Granby Public Library.
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You can find out more about Stark Raving Mad Photography by going checking out the Instagram and Facebook pages for the business. If you have any tips for Jon’s abandoned buildings photo project, or if you would like to book a photo shoot, you can contact Jon by emailing him at starkphotography@hotmail.com. You can also check out the website at http://www.starkravingmadphotography.com.

Middle Park’s majestic mountains are filled with beauty but amidst the endless maze of sage covered ridges and grass filled meadows are an untold numbers of forgotten and abandoned buildings and one local photographer is hoping to track them down, with a little help from the public.

Stark Raving Mad Photography owner and operator Jon Stark has recently embarked on a new, as yet unnamed, photography project wherein he hopes to document the abandoned, broken down, and long forgotten structures of Grand County.

“There are plenty of old barns, outhouses and mining shacks out on our local ranches,” Jon Stark, owner and operator of Stark Raving Mad Photography, said. “Hopefully we can get a hold of some people who have these buildings on their property.”

Stark stressed that he is hopping to connect with local property owners who may know of structures on land they own.

“I am not just trying to come on people’s private property for no reason,” Stark said.

Stark hopes local landowners will have abandoned structures they will allow him to photograph. He is also hoping property owners know a bit of the backstory on any structures on their land, “and could say ‘my great grandfather built that back on this date and it was used for this”, Stark said.

Originally from Florida Stark and his family moved to Grand County in 2015. He is a long time photography hobbyist but last year he started taking his photography more seriously.

“I kind of always enjoyed it (photography),” Stark said. “As a kid it was my parents film camera. Back in the 90s and 2000s it was with a disposable camera.”

His decision to dedicate more time and effort to his love of photography was spurred forward last February when Getty Images published the first of two of Stark’s photos through their photo publishing service.

“I just started shooting photography seriously last year,” Stark said. “It just kind of snowballed from there.”

Shortly afterwards Stark decided to invest in a higher quality camera and created his new venture, Stark Raving Mad Photography. His sideline work is a business, a creative outlet and a labor of love for married father of four.

Stark Raving Mad Photography offers a wide array of photographic services, from wedding and engagement shoots to artistic print sales.

“I am like a general practitioner,” Stark said. “There is so much I love. I love shooting weddings, family photos, and individual and couples portraits. I love shooting wildlife, concerts, and landscapes. Grand County is just rich with beauty and it is difficult to make it far without having to pull out my camera.”

Stark said he does not know where his passion for photography will take him in the future but knowing where he was going was never really the point.

“At my age and with my profession who would have thought that I would have this creative outlet,” Stark said. “These are just baby steps. I hope to keep building and growing and learning.”

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