Scene along the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Posts have been few and far between over the past few months. Let’s chalk it up to an ongoing flurry of editorial and commercial assignments as well as the general busyness of wedding season. Yesterday, I found myself in East Grand Forks, Minn., on assignment for Minnesota Public Radio News. I made some pictures to illustrate an upcoming story as well as the photograph above. I like it and am sharing it before I forget. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Town Hall, 2011

I’m a huge fan of the Plains Art Museum here in Fargo, N.D. Maybe it’s the beautiful space [hard wood floors meets high ceilings and lots of windows]. Maybe it’s the location [downtown Fargo where I spend most of my waking hours]. Maybe it’s the fabulous art and educational programs [you have read about vermin right!?].

In a few short weeks I will have not one, but two photographs on display at the museum as part of two different shows. “Town Hall, 2011” [pictured above] will be included in a silent art auction as part of the 2012 Spring Gala. The annual auction always features a host of local and regional artists. The gala is set for the evening of Saturday, May 5 and tickets are on sale now. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s educational programs.

“Hamburger Meats, 2010” [pictured below] is currently on display in the first floor gallery as part of the Art the Plains XI exhibition. I’m excited to be one of 48 artists from four states included in the show. AOP is in its 11th year and this is the third time my work has been featured in an AOP show [not bad considering I’ve only applied four times]. This year’s exhibition is up until the end of May.

If you happen to be at the Spring Gala, I’d love to say hello. The Internet is great and all, but I like people, real people better. Best, Ann

Hamburger Meats, 2010

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

Minneapolis, Minnesota

My intention with this online journal was to primarily provide a home to share photographs and other creative work. Yet, increasingly I find myself wanting to share observations, considerations and thoughts about photography, media and much more. That said, I’ve been too busy lately [both at work and at home]. I’m craving pause and time for not just reflection, but to craft a plan for the coming months. It seems I’ve cast my net too wide and far.

I’m headed back to Minneapolis this afternoon. I say “back” because this will be my third trip to the Twin Cities in less than two months. Appropriately, the photographs above and below were created in and around the Guthrie Theater in early October. More on that adventure another time.

Best, Ann

Minneapolis, Minnesota

A Minnesota Lake, 2011

When illness [small or big] strikes it can serve as a reminder about how amazing life is when you are healthy. I know that’s how I’ve felt whenever a nasty sinus infection or other ailment has come and then [thankfully] gone.

The sister of a good friend of our family’s has been ill for awhile. I’m not familiar with the particulars, but know there is a benefit in the works for early November.

Sometimes we’re helpless to assist others. Sometimes we can make a small gesture to show kindness. In the interest of supporting our friend and his family, I’m donating a framed photograph of “Tiny Leaf”. This image was created in early September during an outing to Middle Cormorant Lake with our extended family. The print of this photograph is very striking and one I hope will fetch a nice price.

Good health to you and yours, Ann