Denver City Councilwoman Jamie Torres has partnered with photographer, Armando Geneyro, to provide a series of virtual background images featuring District 3 landmarks, views, and community.
“District 3 is full of scenic, artistic, memorable, and nostalgic spots. As we spend more time on our computers in meetings, we wanted to give you a chance to showcase your neighborhood pride with some special virtual backgrounds! They may be places that give us comfort, fresh air, food, or spots where we connect with our neighbors and friends. While we adjust to a new normal, let’s share some of our favorite views with others,” said Councilwoman Torres. “Our communication has shifted extensively to virtual calls and online meeting platforms and we cannot lose our connection to our neighbors and neighborhoods. Distance and isolation will have devastating effects on our social and mental health. This public health crisis has not just affected our connectivity, it will also be economically devastating. It is my commitment to continue my fight for the health of my community in the Denver City Council and Armando’s images give me daily reminders of the beauty, pride, and diversity of this District and all of its residents.”
“It is my commitment to continue my fight for the health of my community in the Denver City Council and Armando’s images give me daily reminders of the beauty, pride, and diversity of this District and all of its residents.”
Jamie Torres, Denver City Councilwoman
Armando’s work has showcased Denver’s communities in their beautiful diversity from Lowrider culture, to Aztec dance, to Denver landmarks and cultural celebrations. Armando is able to share views of community niches and intimate life that most of us don’t get to see. He set off over the course of a week to capture memorable spots throughout District 3 neighborhoods of La Alma/Lincoln Park, Sun Valley, West Colfax, Villa Park, Barnum, Barnum West, Westwood, and Mar Lee for this project.
“I appreciate people like Councilwoman Torres and her team for coming up with creative ways to work with and support artists during these especially trying and uncertain times. Most of what I shoot professionally involves being in spaces with a lot of people (weddings, nightclubs, cultural events, etc.), so it was nice to get out of the house and take it back to shooting scenery, really focusing on composition and placement. It’s why I’ve always been a fan of photography.”
Geneyro is a photographer based out of Denver. He was born and raised in California’s central coast. At the age of 20, he joined the Air Force, serving for 6 years, including a 180-day tour in Balad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his service, Armando graduated with a political science degree from Metro State University. Armando is a versatile photographer who specializes in events coverage and photojournalism. His passion, however, resides in his street-level photography where he is able to connect to his subjects and immerse himself within different cultures. During his time in Denver, Armando helped co-found Theyshootn, a collective of photographers and videographers. As a group, Theyshootn has hosted several visual-based events, including Winter in America – an exhibit series that brings photography and philanthropy together to speak on topics such as homelessness, drug abuse, and domestic violence from the viewpoint of new up-and-coming artists. Currently, between his day job with Denver Public Schools and his travels, Armando spends his time documenting the Chicano and lowrider cultures within Denver.
Visit Armando’s website at https://armandogeneyro.com/district-3.
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