Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

I’ve never given much thought to photographing the northern leopard frog or really any variety of frog. That was before a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News. I recently spent a short time photographing the northern leopard frog near Mantador, N.D., and was absolutely taken with these creatures [and mighty thankful for my macro]. They were a hoot to photograph. Working in concert with a radio reporter requires I’m more quiet than usual. I was so delighted with the frogs and their unpredictable jumps that I was giggling. It was silly, but oh so entertaining. The audio version of the story and more photographs are online here.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

Photograph of northern leopard frog in North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

During the past 13 months I’ve accepted a number of assignments with Minnesota Public Radio News to photograph what’s become an ongoing labor dispute between American Crystal Sugar and 1,300 union workers. The company has five processing plants in the Red River Valley. The one-year anniversary of the lockout is today and my guess is no one is celebrating. Photographs from past demonstrations and the morning of the lockout were shared previously on my journal. More recently I photographed the exterior of the processing plant in Moorhead, Minn., and also briefly passed through Hillsboro, N.D., which is home to another plant. Some of those photographs are featured here, while others were created several months ago. A story by MPR reporter Dan Gunderson aired a few days ago and is available online here.

Thanks for looking, Ann

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Hillsboro North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Hillsboro North Dakota

American Crystal Sugar Labor Dispute Moorhead Minnesota

 

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Much of Minnesota’s Big Stone County – like many parts of the state – has been deemed a “rural food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture. In fact, huge swaths of middle America and the people who live there have low access to healthy foods and the variety of food found at large grocery stores. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to food distribution or availability in this part of the world. We’re surrounded by farms and fields.

For a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio News I spent the better part of an afternoon in Big Stone County. One of my tasks was to photograph at Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery. The small store, owned by Bonnie Carlson, is located in Clinton, Minn. The grocery is something of an oasis and provides more than just the basics. Mrs. Carlson, who doesn’t like to be photographed, was a gracious host and more than tolerated my presence. I also had the opportunity to briefly visit a small family farm outside Clinton [see bottom two photographs].

You can see more photographs and read [or listen] to the article here. It’s an interesting issue and one we might all want to consider. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Bonnie's Hometown Grocery

Rural Big Stone County

Getting A Drink

Washing Up

Photography by Ann Arbor Miller

On a fine October morning last fall I headed up to photograph at Red Goose Gardens, located outside Shelly, Minnesota. My family has supported the farm through its community supported agriculture [CSA] program for several years. The farm is beautiful. I’ve always intended to photograph there, but somehow never seemed to have the time. My autumn photo outing was motivated by a local arts organization’s call for entry. The Arts Partnership is interested in doing what CSA farms do, but with art. So, art enthusiasts will be able to buy a share and receive a box brimming with work by different creatives. Anyway, the proposal deadline was adjusted so I’m back to working on my proposal and considering that first set of images.

Initially, my intention was to select pairs of images – so two complementary photographs would be printed side-by-side on a single piece of paper. However, I’ve been studying some of my selects from the October outing and am seeing ways to physically connect the images. I’m sharing two examples here. I don’t know that I consider either one of these a finished piece. My latest thought is to look for additional pieces or layers to include. For example, the working title of the image below is “Pepper Chicken” so I’m considering overlaying a recipe or a photograph of a recipe card for pepper chicken in the vacant space.

Regardless of what I ultimately come up with, I’m excited about the evolution of this little project. Best, Ann

Photography by Ann Arbor Miller

Creative Goals for 2012

Well, friends. Here are my creative goals for 2012. I tried to be a bit more realistic this year. You might notice a few repeats – or variations – on tasks that appeared on my 11 goals for 2011 list. I’ve found this exercise very helpful and think most everyone would find it useful.

Thanks for stopping by. – Ann