'You Make My Heart Sink'

Good causes appear to be in abundance around Fargo-Moorhead lately.

Count me among the 80 or so creative types who have contributed work to the fifth annual Bras on Broadway, which raises money to support those fighting breast cancer. This year’s event is set for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the fabulous Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. Tickets are $65 per person and last I checked there were just 40 spots left [here’s where you go online to get a ticket].

My contribution is a black and white photographed titled “You Make My Heart Sink” [pictured above]. I’ve been intending to contribute to Bras on Broadway in the past, but never seemed to get around to it. You see artists can’t just donate any piece of art. What makes this event special is that everything [and I mean EVERYTHING] has a bra or breast theme.

I had a concept for a photograph that I wanted to create. Kind of an illustration that used old thermostat dial plates. The problem was I couldn’t find the parts I needed. It didn’t help that I put off working on the project until just a few days before it was due. Anyway, I had a plan B, but that photograph – which involved a uniquely-shaped carrot and a pink breast cancer awareness pin – didn’t really work out either.

When I was running around town looking for old, used and/or cheap thermostat dials I stopped by the Habitat ReStore store in Moorhead. They often have fabulous finds and I was hoping to locate what I needed. Anyway, I noticed the old double sink in the parking lot at ReStore. Someone had probably dropped it off as a donation. I looked at it on my way in and then again on my way out. I kept staring at the sinks and wondered if they might do the trick. Figuring it couldn’t hurt I photographed the sink and moved on with my errands.

I’m reasonably happy with the photograph and am grateful to a friend for coming up with an appropriate title. But, if anyone has a couple of old thermostat dials sitting around I’d be happy to take them off your hands. I have a feeling that next year’s Bras on Broadway event will be here before we know it.

Happy Friday. Ann

P.S. Bras on Broadway raised more than $40,000 last year. Here’s hoping people are feeling even more generous this year.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The weather was hot and the sky clear. The crowd – estimated around 8,000 – was energetic and patient. The cameras – both still and video – were abundant.

Most importantly, the Grommesh family – Bill, Adair, Peighton and Garrett – came home Sunday afternoon to a beautiful home. Welcome home.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition surely has quite the show to put together. It is expected to air sometime between mid-November and mid-December. For more details about the big reveal visit writer Sarah McCurdy’s blog or the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [Fargo-Moorhead] facebook page.

Enjoy! 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

I visited the build site for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the final time before the BIG reveal on Sunday afternoon. The light was beautiful and I had just 30 minutes to photograph. The Grommesh family is in for such a treat.

Here are two of my favorite images from tonight. Enjoy! Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Here’s a look at a few scenes from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build site in Moorhead, Minn., Friday morning.

Cast members Paul DiMeo [above] and Eduardo Xol [below] visited with spectators during breaks in filming. Special guest Aaron Bilven of Minot, N.D., was on hand to celebrate his 19th birthday. Aaron’s family experienced an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition four years ago. He’s the guy with the super big smile below.

Work continues at a steady clip and the number of spectators appears to be growing. Enjoy! Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Photographing the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build site in Moorhead, Minn., comes with a unique set of challenges. Construction is going on around the clock. There are also lots of folks around the build site. People are always doing something. It could be working, watching, filming, relaxing or just catching up with the rest of the world via cell phone or Internet. All of these things are fantastic – especially when you want to document what’s going on with a camera.

That said, the site and surrounding areas are visually overwhelming. The house itself is constantly changing and it would be easy to just keep photographing the structure over and over again. But, that really isn’t necessary. There is a live feed of the construction site and lots of folk photographing [and filming] the house. When I visited the site earlier today I really tried to focus my energy on two things: people and details.

If I could share one word about the workers, volunteers and project managers involved in the project, it would be passion. Everyone I’ve spoken with or observed is passionate about creating this beautiful home for Bill, Adair, Peighton and Garrett Grommesh. The family will see their new home Sunday afternoon.

That’s all for now. 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