Landmark: Views of the Moorhead Power Plant

The old Moorhead [Minn.] Power Plant appears to stand watch over the surrounding neighborhood and nearby Red River. Up close, the structure offers a visual delight in terms of both texture and line. The building’s future is uncertain and undergoing study.

Earlier this year, the Plains Art Museum requested submissions for views of the structure or work inspired by it. The resulting exhibition – “Landmark: Views of the Moorhead Power Plant” – features work by seven artists and opens in early June. “Stack” [pictured above] is one of three photographs that I contributed to the exhibit. Other artists are: Janet Flom, Juliet Hanratty, George Pfeifer, Richard Skauge, Gin Templeton and Britta Trygstad.

The museum is encouraging visitors to share their ideas about the building’s possible re-use. I encourage you to do the same.

Worm + Doormat + Water

I’ve always been fascinated by the behavior of worms on rainy days. They surface in parking lots, sidewalks and other spots coated with rain water.

This fellow caught my attention this morning as I made my way into Dakota Montessori School in Fargo, N.D. He was still working his way through a maze of treads and pebbles when I returned a bit later with a macro lens.

Little M.

One of the best things about being a mom is being able to watch your child explore, discover and learn. Thanks little M. for helping me become a mom and a better person.

1200 block of 3rd Street North

The New York Times photography blog Lens offered up an awesome concept via its “A Moment in Time” project on Sunday, May 2. Photographers of all levels and skills were invited to capture an image at 15:00 U.T.C., which was 10 a.m. in Fargo, N.D. Photographers were then asked to submit their selected image as soon as possible [but no later than Friday, May 7].

“We are asking participants to think about where they want to be and what they will focus on. Consider how to represent yourself and your community, with one image.”

My original plan was to photograph little M., my 4-year-old son, at our home. However, an overnight stay at his grandparents house in nearby Moorhead, Minn., meant my intended subject would be absent at the appointed time

Enter the backup plan. I decided to walk around our block to see what I could find. The above image — shot a few seconds past 15:00 U.T.C. and submitted to the project on Sunday — wasn’t my favorite from the outing. However, it best fit the assignment’s time criteria. I also found the contrast between the curb-side garbage and well-kept homes interesting. The refuse on the boulevard is thanks to Fargo’s annual Cleanup Week endeavor, which allows residents to deposit most anything on the boulevard and it will be picked up for free disposal.

The two images below were shot a few minutes past the assigned time. While I like both of them as photographs, I wanted to submit something that was identifiable to an actual place and not something that could have been shot anywhere in the world. Plus, I figured the editors would get an abundance of feet photos.

Sunday Morning

Toys

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