Broadway Avenue is the east-west axis of the city of Denver. According to Phil Goodstein’s Denver Streets, Henry C. Brown laid out the road as the western edge of Capitol Hill, naming it after Broadway in New York with the expectation that it would emerge as Denver’s bustling equivalent. Today, Broadway exists not as a bustling thoroughfare, but as the epicenter of Denver’s quirky cool. Its antique shops, bookstores and eccentric shop owners breathe life into the city’s cracked sidewalks and graffitied walls.
Broadway is a collection of photographs taken on Denver’s Broadway Avenue in the fall of 2007. A multitude of cameras were used, in hopes of capturing the street’s varying aesthetics—digital to mirror the bright lights of Broadway nights and black and white to capture its timelessness. The project started as a street photography documentary and ended as an exploration into what simply exists. It was about finding something interesting in an ordinary place—an average, middle-of-America street where everything and nothing happens all at once.
Ashley Vaughan is a freelance writer and photographer based in London. She studied Journalism, Art History and Photography at the University of Denver and is currently earning her MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute of Art.