When I worked downtown, I was always seeking out fountains. It’s something I’ve loved since childhood and never miss a chance to photograph. This one is classically quirky with dancing fauns and fish men all done up in bronze.
149/365: face in the fountain
Zola is nearly five years old. By turns sweet, sassy, wise, bewildering, and utterly surprising, she is one of the most interesting people I know. How lucky that I get to be her mom.
27/365: zola at the fountain
I am pleased to be one of nine artists selected for Changing Landscapes: A Shift from Rural to Urban. The show opens Thursday, October 11 at Silverwood Gallery. Artists were asked to consider: where does nature exist in urban spaces?
My photographs focus on traces of nature against the backdrop of the built environment. Nature is always present. No place is without wind, weather, sky, sunlight.
Nature in an urban setting may be more subtle – not grand scenic vistas or true Wilderness but any phenomena that exists outside of human creation, however small or quotidian it may be. For instance…
A potpourri of leaves and flower petals in rich autumn colors appears painterly, blurred beneath the fountain’s moving water.
Four red leaves follow the mortar lines along an old brick wall.
A scattering of brilliant yellow leaves shine against a green manhole cover, bedecking the city sidewalk with its own autumn foliage.
These photographs express the idea that runs throughout my work – that nature, like beauty, can be found nearly anywhere; it only needs to be seen.
Changing Landscapes will be on view at Silverwood Gallery through November 30.
A favorite fountain, resembling a dandelion exploding with seed. Colossal public art, radial symmetry, ode to the much-maligned dandelion weed- all wrapped into one glorious burst of water, air, and sunlight. Thanks, Ben Berger.
dandelion fountain, loring park
With water rushing, dripping, and cascading from all directions, the fountain in Peavey Plaza is a favorite. Torrents tumble over ledges and surge down staircases with all the roar and mist of a mighty waterfall.
fountain, peavey plaza
On a day when it’s 95 degrees in the shade, only the cool splash of running water will do. I sought fountains amid the blistering pavement downtown and came away refreshed.
Peavey Plaza is a great public space in Minneapolis. In the summer, the plaza fills with people, the sound of rushing water and plenty of live music.
self portrait in peavey plaza
This fountain had an erratic quality. Sometimes only burbling, almost seeming to falter, but always building pressure for the occasional, explosive burst of ascension.
Another day, another fountain, another security guard telling me it’s against corporate policy to allow photographs. “Too bad,” I sighed, “It’s a really cool fountain.” Luckily, I already had a few frames. It really is a cool fountain.
American Express Client Services Building, 901 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Water, reflections, clouds – this picture is full of favorites. All that, plus (as I’ve said before, I’m sure) I just love symmetry!
cityscape with reflecting pools