We spent Saturday at a favorite local art festival called Art-A-Whirl that happens all around our old neighborhood – Northeast Minneapolis. The festival has evolved over the past decade from a small open studio tour to an all-out party. There is still plenty of art to see but now there are food trucks and craft breweries and live music, too. We spent most of the day outside the new Indeed Brewery listening to old timey, feel-good music by the Roe Family Singers and the Como Avenue Jug Band.
In the midst of all the merriment, I glanced up just in time to capture this pensive street portrait.
We had the rare treat of going to an NBA game last night (my 2nd ever) with great seats and a fantastic view. There was action, color, light, motion, and sound EVERYWHERE. Piled up on top of other action, color, light, motion, and sound.
While I’m not usually that into the game, I LOVE to just take it all in – the whole experience. The sheer power and tremendous size of the players. The number of other people doing their jobs at the same time: dancers, vendors, photographers, security. The multitude of fans. So many PEOPLE. And, all around me, these amazing faces. In the midst of all the flash and dazzle, those faces just seemed so real.
I think this is my most successful- or at least my favorite – street photograph. It is part of the North of the 45th Parallel annual Upper Midwest juried exhibition at The Devos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. I had this half-baked idea that I could take a road trip to the U.P. for the opening of the show Friday night. It’s not happening but it sure would be a beautiful drive. Maybe later this summer?
I’m excited to have two of my favorite city bike photographs in Altered Esthetics‘ 7th Annual Bike Art show, opening June 1st. Be sure to stop by the gallery through the month of June, especially if you’re taking part in NE Ride! Altered Esthetics is sponsoring the wrap party on Saturday night!
The first piece, Italian Bike, features the sexy Bianchi from the 365 project. I still delight at that peek of the skyline in the chrome of the handlebar.
The second is a dreamy, multi-layered reflection that had me thinking of Magritte back in 2010 when I first posted it. These days, I’m calling it Vélo Under Glass.
Today, I am taking a deep breath and reflecting on our many days of family and festivity. Which we enjoyed thoroughly despite a family medley of poorly-timed illnesses.
Glass half full? Well, I couldn’t taste anything – total bummer as I love to eat – but, I came through four consecutive Christmas parties weighing two pounds less than I did going in. Unprecedented! And proof of how crummy I felt.
Now, about that sale…
woman and sale sign, nicollet mall
I’m always one to grab a holiday bargain, especially ornaments, fancy bows, and holiday cards for next year. If you can relate, here’s a special offer:
25% my Holiday Card Collection! Just go to my etsy shop or website and enter coupon code XMAS25 when you place your order.
I’m looking forward to sharing a lot more photography, blogging, and creative projects in the new year. I think it’s going to be a good one.
A couple weeks ago, out walking, I spied this message along the trail – the words “let it snow” inscribed across a tree scar in cherry red. While autumn leaves were still in abundance, the writer must have sensed a change in the air. Or had a taste for snowflakes on the tongue .
It’s nearly impossible to write as I can’t get Nancy Sinatra out of my head. But I will say this: sometimes a girl just needs to feel fabulous and walk all over the city in a flirty dress and a pair of kick-ass boots…
The three horses stopped in the middle of the street and made a very deliberate U-turn. A young woman emerged from the nearest farm stand with a basket of vegetables. Snack time is clearly the high point of market day for all involved.