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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Work is underway to create a fabulous new home for a deserving family in Moorhead, Minn. It’s an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project that wouldn’t be possible without the builder – Heritage Homes – or thousands of volunteers and related donations. It’s a huge community project and one I’m photographing as much as life allows.

I’ve not had the good fortune to meet Bill and Adair Grommesh or their kids, Garrett and Peighton. The family certainly has an inspirational story, which you can read about here.

Maybe it goes without saying, but there is something about people who live in the Upper Midwest. They love to come together – to fight floods, to build homes, to unite and to eat. It doesn’t really matter what the cause.

Anyway, I made it to the build site late Monday afternoon. The family’s original home was moved earlier in the day. Heavy machinery and people who know how to use it seemed very, very busy at work. There appeared to be a lot of dirt to move. For regular folk, things were a touch on the quiet side. I’m sure that won’t last long.

More photographs of the project are being posted here on a regular basis. Also, my colleague and occasional collaborator Sarah McCurdy is writing about the project on her blog.

More soon. Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Feet in Fargo

This journal entry, which admittedly is overdue and abbreviated, serves as the final photographic installment of my recent adventures around North Dakota. Previous entries and more photos are available at: North Dakota Road Trip [Part I] and North Dakota Road Trip [Part II].

Ironically, I’m heading out on the road again today. This time my travels are of a personal nature. I’m headed to Iowa where I hope to connect with friends last seen 20 or so years ago. Wonder what I will discover along the way?

Dog in Grand Forks

RV along Interstate 94

Motel in Ragged Butte

Sweet Tracyi

Girl+Landmark

Place+Person

Wind farm near Rugby, N.D.

While I appreciate landscape photography and hold nature photographers in high esteem, I find myself drawn to making images that show a relationship between the natural world and man-made objects. I came to this conclusion after putting together another set of images from a recent road trip around North Dakota. My primary task on the trip was to create a collection of portraits for a client. However, as time allowed I photographed a handful of roadside attractions and other items of interest.

The photographs above and below were made outside of Rugby, N.D. Wind farms are becoming an increasing addition to the state’s landscape.

Wind Farm near Rugby, N.D.

North Dakota State Capitol Building

The North Dakota State Capitol Building [pictured above] stands 241 feet, 8 inches tall.

'Geese in Flight'

The Enchanted Highway is without question one of my favorite roadside attractions in North Dakota. Small metal geese like the ones pictured above and below line a dirt road that leads to a parking area and the base of “Geese in Flight” – a massive metal sculpture created by Gary Greff. There are at least half a dozen different creations spread along a 32-mile stretch of highway. The Enchanted Highway begins at Exit 72 on Interstate 94 and continues south to the charming community of Regent.

"Geese in Flight"

As an aside, I must be in the habit of looking down at the ground. That’s how I noticed the worm featured in an earlier entry and how I came to photograph the remains of a blueberry muffin [pictured below]. Guess the muffin wasn’t very good… .

Muffin + Dirt

Richardton, N.D.

I’ve been on the road A LOT over the past couple of weeks photographing all over North Dakota for a client – more on the specific project after it is published later this summer.

Most recently, I logged 1,200 plus miles over five days. The road trip took me from Fargo on the east side of North Dakota to Beach on the state’s west side. From there, I headed north to Williston with stops in Minot, Cando, Devils Lake and a few other places before returning home. So, basically I crossed the length of North Dakota twice.

While my shooting schedule was tight, I grabbed a few shots here and there. Rural North Dakota provides endless photo opportunities.

HAMBURGER MEATS [pictured above] is located in Richardton. The landscape [below] was found along Highway 16 north of Beach. The remaining two photos depict a hotel parking lot in Devils Lake and the efforts of a worker at a state rest stop.

An alternate route to Williston

Devils Lake, N.D.

Along Interstate 29

Opera House

Thanks to a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours in Ellendale, North Dakota, on Wednesday evening. It’s fair to say Ellendale is a bit off the beaten path. The town of 1,500 or so sits along U.S. Highway 281 near the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The downtown [or “just plain town” as described by a server at the community’s lone restaurant] is visually dynamic. The Opera House [pictured above] speaks for itself as does the sunshine yellow interior of Young’s Coin Laundry [pictured below].

Coin Laundry

Washing Machines

Prairie Winds