Same-Side Seating or Opposite Preferred

I came across this couple at Reuben’s Burger Bistro in Boulder, sharing a dessert from the same side of the table. I told them I once saw a 70-year-old couple at a restaurant seated together. (The older couple told me they’ve done it their whole life.)

Yet, I know other couples that feel odd, or embarrassed, to sit on one side.  Wondering which side most fall on.

[Kenneth Wajda Photographer]

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A Grin and a Spark On the Street

Street Photography – the art of finding human stories in public and capturing them with a camera. I am a street photographer, a documentary photographer, a photojournalist.

When I photograph people in the street, sometimes I capture a look that says a little something.  I wonder what her she’s thinking. 

Street Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Startup Meetup, VR Edition

I Am Boulder Business | StartUp Meetup | 1724 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

A room full of entrepreneurs.  Dreamers.  Visionaries.  And open to ideas on how to bring those ideas to fruition.  That’s the purpose of the StartUp Meetup.

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Bob Ottinger, owner of Reality Garage, speaks at the StartUp Meetup.

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The February StartUp Meetup, which happened on Wednesday night in Boulder, featured two pitch presentations, the first one by Bob Ottinger, who opened the Reality Garage last month at  1320 Pearl Street, downstairs off the Pearl Street Mall. Meaning you can go and experience virtual reality.  Like anytime (well, that they’re open.)

The business model has a three pronged approach of related activities and goals:

• VR Lounge / Experience Space: walk-in or by appointment, individuals or groups (e.g. team building, parties)

• VR Maker Space with equipment, software, workshops / boot camps, open collaboration.

• VR Production: Content and Applications: Documentaries, mixed computer model generated with 360+180 / 3d videos.

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GRAND OPENING THIS WEEKEND

The Reality Garage is open to the public and you can go visit and try out the VR experience, and there’s a Grand Opening Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11. More information: 720.598.2888 – Hours


The second presenter was Romain Vakilitabar, a filmmaker with a virtual reality film, My Beautiful Home, which will be screening during the Boulder International Film Festival, inside the VR Pavillion, March 2-5.

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Romain Vakilitabar introduces MY BEAUTIFUL HOME during his presentation.

Synopsis:  Kenya’s Kibera is Africa’s biggest slum, and one of the world’s poorest neighborhoods. Most of those living in Kibera live in absolute poverty – making less than a dollar a day. But they are not asking for sympathy, they are asking for admiration.

His company Pathos VR‘s goal is to create empathy based virtual reality experiences to accelerate global understanding.

Vakilitabar explained how we often see news photos of strife and suffering in other countries, but while we can imagine it, we haven’t experienced it, and we need both imagination and experience to create empathy for those faraway people.  His intention is to bring an experience via Virtual Reality, and to use it to work to solve world problems.

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Decked Out in Red

The Lady (or perhaps Ladies) in Red!

Street Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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SimBLISSity, The Tiny Home Company

I AM BOULDER BUSINESS | SimBLISSity Tiny Homes on Wheels | Lyons CO | 303.885.5991

Byron Fears and his wife, Dot, just moved their tiny house construction business two weeks ago into the building where a boat company used to be, out on Highway 66, just east of the town of Lyons.  And already you can see the tiny houses are going up.

His crew is working on six houses at the moment, and Bryon said on average it takes about three months to complete a home, though one could be built in six weeks if they were only working on a single construction.

They are high-quality construction, and bigger than most of the tiny houses you see.  Byron said their 24-foot option sells for $65-85k, and they are comfortable for a couple, not just someone living alone.

“They’re movable, but they’re not RVs.  Most folks put them on a piece of land and stay put for a while,” Bryon said.  “I know someone who lived in one in Nova Scotia, Alaska and here in Colorado.”

The company has been featured on TV on Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House, Big Living.  Perhaps they’re working on your next dream house that’s both comfortable (they have tiled bathrooms and propane fireplaces) and transportable.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Carpenters work on sheathing a house.

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Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity.

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Detail of the tile work in a tiny home bathroom.

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Construction materials still take up considerable space.

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Bryon working with an electrical engineer on a home.

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A Viewfinder for Boulder Photo Stories, Created by Professional Photojournalists

I love being a photojournalist. When people hear I live in Colorado, the first thing they often say is, “You must love it out there being a photographer.” To which I reply, “Yes, there are a lot of people here, and so many great stories to cover.”

As many of you know, from the mid-80’s to early 2000, I worked as a staff photographer for a daily newspaper in New Jersey, shooting everything from the NY Giants, NY Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles, to covering Presidential visits, NJ Governor news, and protests at the NJ State House. I photographed food stories, house fires, car accidents, and plenty of business portraits.

With more and more newspapers closing their doors or laying off their staffs—the newspaper I worked for, The Trenton Times, is down to one staff photographer—it’s difficult to make a living as a photojournalist. Newspapers editors who have laid off their photography staffs now expect their reporters to shoot pictures with their phones, or rely on the public to send them photos to use for free.

And the ones who don’t get to cover the stories are the real photographers, the seasoned photojournalists.

And the stories that are missed are the ones like Don’s, a 99-year-old from Lyons, sharing Thanksgiving morning with friends.  [Order Reprints]

I still long to photograph and document local moments and events like I did when I was a press photographer.  These stories continue to this day, but they are not getting documented like they used to by working photojournalists.

screenSo, that being the case, I am excited for 2017 to create a venue to shoot and publish more photo stories. Those are the stories I live for—real human stories with great emotional qualities.

Only they won’t be seen on Facebook, but rather on Boulder Viewfinder, where we will have multiple photographers documenting life in Boulder County.

With a team of top quality photographers, I want to create more amazing stories on people and events in our local community, but there has to be a model to make a few dollars and pay bills to keep it going, cover equipment costs, and pay the studio rent.

So, I’m building a group of professional photojournalists to cover local Boulder stories—Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Nederland, Niwot, Erie—and will be regularly posting them on the BoulderViewfinder.com Web site.  And there will be a place for viewers to support the photographers of each story with contributions or subscriptions, and a way to purchase reprints of the photographs seen in the galleries.

That way, the stories will grow, the coverage will increase, and photojournalists will have the ability to get paid for their work, which will encourage more stories being made.

Will you please consider supporting local photojournalists?

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Are you a local news agency–newspaper, magazine, Web site–that would like to license some of the photos for your publication? They will be available to you.

Are you an advertiser who could support our photographers by placing an ad on our Boulder Viewfinder site? We want to hear from you.

Do you have any STORY LEADS?  We want to document the happy to the bittersweet, if it will work for a photo package.  Send story leads to info@boulderviewfinder.com.

Think of this as LIFE MAGAZINE for Boulder, a picture publication.

Are you or do you know a photojournalist who would like to photograph for Boulder Viewfinder? I am seeking experienced professional photographers with photojournalism experience who can seek out and deliver timely photo stories.  Send an email to the editor of Boulder Viewfinder, to schedule a portfolio review.

The goal is to create Viewfinder sites for towns and cities across the world, with photographers creating quality photo stories of the people and happenings in their town, and being able to make a living doing so.  And it starts in Boulder, Colorado.