The Spaces Between: Reflecting Minnesota Relics Photographs by Ann Arbor Miller

Let’s get the embarrassment out of the way. It’s been months – and I do mean many, many months – since I’ve posted anything new on this little website. I’m sure there are some semi-valid reasons I could rattle on about, including an abundance client work and deadline-driven assignments as well as a serious illness last fall that took me out of commission for the better part of a month. The bottom line is that I haven’t yet found a way to work writing and posting journal posts into my daily, weekly or even monthly workflow. Maybe it’s because I get so tied up in whatever I’m working on at the moment that I don’t make time to reflect or share. Maybe I’m just not cut out to blog.

Thankfully, there are people in my life who remind, encourage and even pester when necessary. A few of these people are responsible for my application to the TMI Hospitality Resident Artist Program, which is open to artists in Fargo, N.D., as well as neighboring West Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. I am the third artist selected to participate in the program and have been hard at work to develop a new series for exhibition. “The Spaces Between: Reflecting Minnesota Relics” features a selection of eight photographs and opens Thursday, March 27 with a public reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at TMI’s headquarters, located at 4850 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo, N.D.

The exhibition represents just one component of the program. I am most excited about a layer of professional development made available to me. This is coming at a good time and provides extra incentive to consider my work, my life priorities and how I want to engage with photography. I feel fortunate to have the luxury to consider these and other questions.

If you happen to be in Fargo the evening of March 27, stop by TMI and say hello. It would be great to connect.

P.S. To fellow artists in the Fargo area who are interested in the TMI Hospitality Resident Artist Program the deadline for the next round is coming up April 30. Information about that program and several others is available via The Arts Partnership.

Untitled. Photography by Ann Arbor Miller

In recent years I’ve entered an increasing number of juried shows and group exhibitions. There is something satisfying about viewing a photograph – and other artwork – displayed on a wall, especially if it’s big. Much of the visual chatter we consume everyday is on a screen of some form. I don’t know about you, but looking at photographs on an iPhone, an iPad or even a decent monitor isn’t the same as standing back and looking at it in person. It’s a different experience. One of the other things I’ve come to notice is how the title of a piece plays into its interpretation. A title that resonates with the viewer seems capable of elevating work from pretty good to exceptional.

The Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, which I’m proudly a member, holds an annual spring show here in Fargo-Moorhead. The submission deadline for the Big Art Show is quickly approaching. I selected the above photograph for the show and am now on the hunt for a suitable title. The photograph was taken last May at Red Goose Gardens near Shelly, Minn. It was created in color, but I decided to show it in black-and-white simply to allow it to read quicker. I’ve tried playing with a number of obvious words [grass, carpet, rug, arrow, shadow, pointing, direction, found object and many others], but appear to be headed toward “Untitled” and maybe that’s okay.

Here’s hoping spring decides to show her face soon. Here in the upper Red River Valley we are ready! – Ann

Photography by Ann Arbor Miller

It’s a new exhibit for a New Year!

“On The Farm & In The Garden” is now on the walls of Green Market Kitchen in downtown Fargo, N.D. The exhibition features 10 color diptychs from a small farm near Shelly, Minn. A public opening reception is set for Tuesday, Jan. 8 [yes, that would be tomorrow!] from 6 to 8 p.m. The folks over at ArtsPulse pulled together a nice write-up about the show. You can read it the digital version by clicking here. Also, I’ve shared a bit about my process, purpose and intent via previous journal posts [Part I and Part II].

While I don’t recommend hanging two shows within less than six weeks of each other, it does feel like 2013 is off to a great start. Commons, a collaborative effort with Britta Trygstad that presents photographic pairs in curious combination, remains on display at The Spirit Room until Jan. 11. In the meantime, there is ample time to take in the photographs at Green Market since that show will be up until March 31.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

 

 

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

Benefitting Bras On Broadway 2012

The 7th annual Bras On Broadway benefit event is just around the corner. Well, not really as the actual event won’t be held until Oct. 25. But, the call for wearable and non-wearable art donations just came out a few weeks ago.

I’m please to report I already have my photograph [the non-wearable kind] in hand – or on my hard drives. Here’s a look at what I came up with in 2010 and 2011. It’s important to me to create a new image for this event each year. While event organizers have relaxed guidelines, historically the focus had been on the artistic reinvention of the bra – or breast. Anyway, I just ordered a copy of the above photograph, which was shot on a muggy June evening along Interstate 94 as I was driving home from photographing a lovely wedding in Minnesota’s lakes country. I’m printing the photograph on metal and am excited to try something different in terms of presentation.

If anyone has a title suggestion I’m open to hearing it. I have handful of working titles [including "Twin Peaks" and "Summer Evening With The Girls"], but am not sold on any of them. Feel free to share keywords or a complete title if something springs to mind.

Thanks for looking, Ann