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Salida hospital exhibits photographs by Dan Downing

Nathrop photographer Dan Downing explores “Slipping the Surly Bonds” in a 16-piece collection of Dan Downingaerial photographs on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center through Dec. 31.

“Today, landscapes and micro-landscapes, details of larger scenes, comprise the lion's share of my work; although, gradually more and more photographs including people are showing up,” said Downing.

“My goal is to make photographs that are worthy of any collection. To that end, I endeavor to make each of my photographs perfect, both technically and aesthetically, and for them to strike a positive emotional chord in the viewer.”

Downing’s photographic journey began when he used to watch his father develop small photographs in their family kitchen. In 1980, he purchased a portrait studio and began making a living as a professional photographer. Soon after, his work gained recognition in Kansas, his home state, and across the nation.

Downing’s portraits have been included in exhibits at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, and various other locations in the U.S. His portrait work has also been featured three times in Professional Photographer magazine.

In 1988, he won the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence. The following year he was honored as the Kansas Day featured artist by the Kansas House of Representatives at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.

All of his photographs in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation. This will be the fourth exhibit this year, which is part of the hospital’s mission to create a healing environment.

Downing’s work will be included in an artist reception at the Salida hospital Nov. 5, from 5:30-7 p.m. More of his photography can be viewed at

HRRMC displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call (719) 530-2217.