Minnesota Sky

Girls’ weekend with the Lemonade Book Club is one of my favorite annual rituals. The rules are simple: no husbands or partners or children [except nursing newborns]. We gather for a couple of days at a rural Minnesota lake home and relax. We talk of books and stories read over the past year. We laugh. We tease. We reflect. We celebrate friendship and all that is right in the world. We walk. We eat. We drink red wine and Jane’s yummy slush. We sleep. We enjoy. We are grateful.

Those of us traveling home in a Dodge minivan [not miniman as Michele likes to say] on Sunday afternoon enjoyed a brief visit to the tiny town of Snellman, Minn. The intent was to stop for a few snacks. However, the van refused to start when it was time to go. Silly van. A wrecker from 20-some miles away was called to evaluate the situation. Thanks to a D.L. Towing worker and his trusty Booster Pac we made it home later than expected, but safely.

Walkers

Lake Scenes

Shadow

Sky Above Birch Lake

Snellman, Minnesota

Tow Truck Guy

Assistance in Snellman, Minnesota

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.

Little M.

When children play hide-and-seek much of the thrill comes in getting found. Sure there is delight and an abundance of hushed giggles while the seeker makes the rounds. But, really the whole point of the game is that someone eventually gets found.

For me, this online journal serves as an attempt to get found. I’m not speaking of “getting found” in the sense of being discovered and subsequently becoming rich and/or famous. Rather, I’m interested in sharing my experience and perspectives as a visual storyteller. I’m interested in making pictures and connections, while also contributing to a larger effort of photojournalists, documentary photographers and others who believe in the power and importance of telling stories.

Every story shares three key elements: a beginning, a middle and an end. This entry serves as the beginning.