MaryJo Tapia and Roger Heckler travel 45 minutes by bus to buy groceries once a month because there are no more affordable options nearby. Video by Mahala Gaylord for the Denver Post.

This is the third video installment for the Food Desert series I'm working on at the Post. I decided to use stop-motion photography with this video because I was basically working with a video that was about a process. The process being a grocery shopping trip... a very long one. I think the feeling a viewer gets from the stop-motion in this video better conveys the length of time and the distance this family travels to get their groceries. 

Here's a link to the story by Karen Auge at the denverpost.com  Judy DeHaas is doing the photography for this series. She's got some great ones of the family shopping (a different family than the one in my video) if you scroll to the bottom of the page! Also Judy's photographs of old abandoned buildings that were once groceries stores in food desert neighborhoods are beautiful check them out here: grocery graveyards.
I believe she shot them with a Holga.

The next installment I am working on is about Re:vision, an organization that is helping low incoming families in 'food desert' designated neighborhoods to start their own gardens. The program helps the family set up their garden and helps them throughout the summer to keep the garden healthy and teach the families about sustainable living. These gardens are helping families eat healthier food that they otherwise might not be able to afford.

Links to the three published food desert videos at the denverpost.com: 1st video2nd video3rd video


Here's a funky video about a family farm producing and selling raw milk on their farm in Colorado.

This is a daily video I did about a month ago at the 4/20 rally that was held on the Capitol lawn in Denver. It's is just a quick a dirty look at the events of that day; people rallied to fully legalize marijuana usage in Colorado and in the U.S. I have just begun working on a series that the Denver Post is working on to tell the story of what's happening with marijuana in Colorado, It will be a long term project with several installments to be published in the coming months. It's going to be awesome, we are working on getting access to all sorts of different places to tell people's stories. I'm looking forward to sharing it.


Warrior Games

Sgt. Gavin Sibayan, a Colorado native, won four gold medals in the Warrior Games Friday. The U.S. military's first ever Warrior Games are a paralympic-style event where disabled soldiers compete in an array of competitions for medals and to show the world that they can compete and achieve many things despite their disabilities.

Sgt. Sibayan was hit by three EID's while serving in Iraq. He swims with hip injuries, traumatic head injury and PTSD.

I produced this video about Gavin for the Denver Post, you can see it in context here. Please also look at Matt McClain's photos of the games here.  Matt's photo's of the track events are beautiful.


This is part of series i'm working on about food deserts in the Denver area. This installment focuses on Denver's Park Hill neighborhood, residents talk about why the grocery stores left town and never came back.