On March 22, 2021, a gunman entered the King Supers at Table Mesa Drive in Boulder and fired, killing 10 people and injuring one. Immediately after the tragedy, Rosstaylor, a professor of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, recorded the tragedy at the camera to honor and commemorate the lost lives and those left behind. Pick up the piece.
Specifically, after the shoot took place, Taylor said he felt called to capture an event that happened outside the store in the days and weeks that followed. “I felt I needed to be there, but as the week went on, it wasn’t enough,” he says. [following the shooting], I started thinking, is there anything more to do? “
Taylor finally decided to create Still strong, Exhibits exhibited at the Boulder Museum from February 18th to April 10th. Includes 70 portraits of Boulder community members taken outside the King Supers at Table Mesa Drive in the aftermath of the tragedy. Taylor focused the project primarily on shots of people directly involved in the shooting, including King Supers employees, shoppers of the day, and local mental health professionals who helped the victims. title, Still strongIs in favor of the hashtag #BoulderStrong launched by the city shortly after the shooting last year.
“When people experience trauma, they often feel lonely or disconnected,” says Taylor. “By seeing and hearing other people who are experiencing similar things, we verify what they have experienced.”
Taylor also sees the project as a collaboration between himself and the subject. He says both parties usually experienced strong emotional reactions while recording vulnerable times in their community. For example, Taylor took a picture of Louis Saxton, a 19-year-old cellist and sophomore at CU Boulder. After the tragedy, the young musician played the cello outside the store for 10 consecutive days, paying homage to the lives of the 10 lost. He remembers it as a moment of “unexpected beauty” in the midst of all sorrows and sorrows.
In addition, elements that highlight photos and videos sent by other community members, such as flowers and stuffed animals left outside the memorial wall that appeared inside the store the day after shooting, will be exhibited.
Ultimately, Taylor says the medium of portrait photography helped personalize his efforts. “I think the power of photography gives us space to look back on our personal experiences and think through collective work,” says Taylor. “Through expression, hopefully we can care more about each other.”
If you go: Still strong It is on display at the Boulder Museum at the Tebo Center until April 10. 2205 Broadway, Boulder; 9 am-5pm, unless closed on Tuesdays. Admission starts at $ 8. Members of the Boulder Museum are free.