The Persistence of Time

John  De Bord Photography

Lakewood, United States

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The Persistence of Time

Anyone who is from Denver will probably know this building right away, it is, kind of a local landmark of the famous (maybe even ‘infamous’ ) Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant. I have always wanted to shoot this, and it has been MANY years since I have, the last time was back in…wow….let me think…(counting…remembering…my x wife was here from Germany when I had first met her..we were making plans to be married…so…….wow ok…..) we’ll say July on 1998. Sounds good.

Anyways, this place is downright crazy. The food is not known to be what I would call the best, but the inside is nuts. It is like being outdoors, dining cliffside in Acapulco is the only way to describe it. They actually have cliff divers, and the whole thing…tiki huts, a lagoon…it is crazy. I want to REALLY get in there and shoot the inside when they are closed, but I have NO idea how I would do that. Maybe what I could do is get there right when they open, when all the entertainers are there (Mariachi bands, Mexican dancers, guys who shoot flames, sword eaters, on and on) but people aren’t. Thought.

A little info on the place and clock tower:
Casa Bonita opened early in 1974. It took approximately one year to create Casa Bonita. The pink tower on the outside is 85 feet fall. The dome is covered with 22-karat gold leaf and has a statue of the last Aztec emperor – Quahuatomec. The fountain outside of the front of the restaurant was shipped in pieces from Mexico. The inside of Casa Bonita is designed to look like a Mexican Village at night complete with dining areas such as Plaza, Poolside, Caverns, Gold Mine and Silver Mine. (I told you it is nuts!)

So I shot this and have always been after it, and always wanted a cloudy day, I was fairly stoked. I went ahead and processed this in Lightroom with final output through Paintshop Pro X, it isn’t HDR, slight LucisArt used with blending, though minimal.

I hope ya all like it!
John

PS—This place was the subject of a South Park episode lol

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