Sunday, November 03, 2019

Some Holga Photos from a Big State Parks Adventure

Two weeks ago, my family and I spent 5 days checking out 8 different MN State Parks in the far north-western corner of the state. Here are 6 Holga photos that I recently got back and scanned:

Where the Tamarac River flows into Red Lake (the largest natural freshwater lake
located entirely within Minnesota at approximately 430 square miles).

Ready to start the "bog walk" over the biggest bog in the lower 48 states.

Tamarack trees turning yellow in the bog. They are one of the few conifers that lose their needles in the fall.

Hayes Lake.

The bridge at Old Mill State Park.

The boys over the Buffalo River in Buffalo River State Park.

My taped up camera mid-roll. Two layers of tape over every seam.

Here's the story of our adventure "up north" if you're interested.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Bad Time to Forget Your SD Card

We've all misplaced a memory card before. But at least we haven't had it this bad:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Photos of "Bare Men: The Group Show" Exhibition in New York City

I have a piece up in a juried exhibition at "The Living Gallery" in New York City. It's an exhibition called "Bare Men: The Group Show" that focuses around the male body. Here are a few photos that the curator sent of the exhibition:

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The bright orange circular piece above the outlet with the white mat near the middle/right is mine.

The curator also made a digital and physical book that acts as an exhibition catalog. Here are a few spreads from that, and you can find the entire version online here.

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My piece on the right.

Here's more about the exhibition, and here's the online exhibition catalog.

Monday, October 07, 2019

"Inside Hamline" Publicity

I was recently featured on the "Inside Hamline" news source for Hamline University. Here's my 4 a.m. piece at the top that's currently on display at the MPLS Photo Center:

It also went out in an email blast to the University (2nd image down):

Thanks for including me, Inside Hamline!

Friday, October 04, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi on Artists

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
- Saint Francis of Assisi

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Photos from the "Not Accepted" Reception at the MPLS Photo Center

My boys and I stopped by the start of the opening at the MPLS Photo Center on Friday night. There was a good crowd right away, and it just got bigger! Here are a few photos:

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View from the front door. That's my piece right up the steps!

I was given a good spot right as you get into the MPLS Photo Center. I had to laugh because the piece above mine was Erika Ritzel's - a friend from grad school:

My piece with Erika's piece above it.

Good crowd!

In the bigger space down the hallway.

My boys having a snack in the middle.

A final shot of my piece under Erika's in the hallway.

Here are a few photos of the new spaces at the MPLS Photo Center from when I dropped my piece off.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Upcoming Exhibition at the MPLS Photo Center (and Touring Their New Space)

Yesterday, I stopped by the new space for the MPLS Photo Center. I hadn’t stopped in since they moved to 1828 Jefferson Street NE from their old spot off 94 and Broadway. Here’s my piece set on the floor for as I was delivering it for their upcoming exhibition:

Then I gave myself a little tour of their space. Here’s a dozen photos:

Shared kitchen space (reminds me of their old location).

A mixed-use room currently set up to seat 35 people for a lecture. Also can be used as a studio.

Another view of the lecture room.

Digital darkroom. (Click here for a larger version of this mini-panorama.)

Far end of the digital lab with a light table and scanning trays.

Proofing table and light table downstairs outside of the darkroom.
(That small space to the left appears to be a converted freight elevator.)

Outside the darkroom. One or 2 people were working down there, so I didn’t want to barge in and disturb them.

A large printing station in the basement.

Another view of that digi printing room with lots of banner prints on the table.

Back upstairs, the last space (besides office / meeting spaces) is
a gallery / teaching space / studio. It was currently being transitioned.

Backdrop paper currently sitting on that table.

A seamless mount up high in the process of being swapped out.

I didn’t get photos of all the spaces, but there’s a lot of exhibition space in the foyer and in hallways that lead to all these spaces on the first floor. I’m excited to see my work up here next weekend!

The opening is next Friday (September 20th) starting at 6:30 pm at 1828 Jefferson Street NE. I’m not sure when it ends (maybe around 8:00?), so I hope to be there shortly after 6:30 to check it out.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Quick Minnesota State Fair Project

Last month, someone from the Minnesota State Fair reached out to me to see if I could do a quick project for them. They needed 2 photos of local landmarks for a little "Minnesota history" shade structure on the north end. The fair ended last week, but I was able to stop with my boys during the fair to see what they did with my photos.

My 8-year-old standing next to 1 of the 2 structures on the plaza (the 2nd being farther off in the distance).

Above Henry in that last photo was an image I made of the "Pillsbury Flour" sign
(next to Judy Garland and Totino's Pizza - good company!).

On the other structure was my "Gold Medal Flour" photo (in the middle).

I joked with Keri (the person from the State Fair who I worked with) that these were some of the least
artistic photos I'd ever made. But it's what they wanted/needed for their designers to do their thing.

My boys loved seeing the Stenzel name in the credits.

Thanks Minnesota State Fair! Let me know if I can help before the 2020 fair!

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