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Film commission to honor John Fielder

Leslie Brefeld
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Photographer John Fielder, shown working at the Maroon Bells in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, will be honored by the Colorado Film Commission on Nov. 2. (Contributed photo)

Summit County resident and renowned landscape photographer John Fielder will be honored at the Colorado Film Commission’s first Hall of Fame event in Denver in November.

Fielder said he was surprised with the commission’s choice in a still photographer for the event’s first year, but accepted because of his belief in the film industry’s potential for the state.

“I am always trying to figure out other ways that photography, whether film or video or motion picture, can help the state,” he said. “The film industry is benign ” they come in and out of the state and clean up after themselves ” and make a lot of money for the state.”

He said he believes a sustainable economy in Colorado depends on tourism and recreation.

“Tourism and recreation can’t be what it is unless we protect wilderness areas and clean air and water … The film industry can do nothing but help.”

The Colorado Film Commission said in a press release, “Fielder’s work and photography highlight common goals with the Film Commission: promoting Colorado location, economic development of the state through film production and promoting yet protecting Colorado’s natural resources.”

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The event will include a gallery of Fielder’s work and a multi-media presentation focusing on Fielder’s contributions to Colorado “as a historian, preservationist and artist.”

Expected at the Nov. 2 event are Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien.

Fielder said he recently began work on a project “photographing 40 to 50 of Colorado’s most beautiful ranches.”

The ranches of Colorado are in need of protection and a new funding source to do so, he contends.

“There’s not enough money to purchase development rights from all the ranchers and farmers in exchange for an easement, which is the ultimate protection.”

He said while the High Country is being well-protected, “ranches are getting subdivided if not developed.”

Fielder said the new book, to be dubbed “Ranches of Colorado” and due out in the fall of 2009, may be his “most beautiful book yet.” While touring for the book, he will also be raising funds for the protection of the ranches.

A children’s book he collaborated in creating and stars in, “Maria’s Mysterious Mission,” just came out through Westcliff Publishers. In the book, Fielder’s photograph’s are featured in a unique way ” they meld into an illustration by artist Anna-Maria Crum. The story follows a homesick llama and Fielder himself as they travel together photographing the Colorado wilderness.

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