Two short weeks ago GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum held a campaign rally here in Fargo. Not long after, Mr. Mitt Romney announced that he too would visit North Dakota. [In all fairness, I should mention Ron Paul has also visited our state recently.] Anyway, Mr. Romney and his crew planned a public event at Wrigley Mechanical this morning. I planned to go early [to get a decent place to park and a good vantage point]. However, I was on deadline to submit photographs for an editorial assignment and generally playing catch up after yesterday’s forecast blizzard, which was more of a minor snow storm.

With my images submitted, I hurried to make the Romney event, which was running behind schedule according to facebook posts by attendees. By the time I reached Wrigley Mechanical people were leaving. Not good. I found a parking spot easily and hurried in. The event was clearly over, but the candidate was still working the crowd. I moved quickly and photographed for about 20 minutes [that’s roughly the same amount of time as Romney’s speech]. I’m counting this outing as No. 2 of my goal to shoot at least six self-assignments in 2012. Ideally, I would have been able to photograph the event from start to finish. However, I’m giving myself credit for hustling, following through on this self-assignment while not compromising a deadline for another assignment. Best, Ann

Mitt Romney's campaign stop in Fargo, North Dakota

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop In Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

 

 

I love pretty much any kind of editorial assignment. That said, any assignment involving politics, politicians and voters ranks high among my favorites. Last week I photographed the Republican caucus in Moorhead, Minn., for Minnesota Public Radio News. A few days later I heard GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum planned a campaign stop in Fargo. It seemed to make sense to stop by to photograph the event. Apparently, hundreds of other people had the same idea. Local media reports pegged attendance at last night’s rally at 1,000 or more. Enjoy the photographs and thanks for stopping by. – Ann

P.S. Earlier this year I shared my 12 Creative Goals for 2012, which included a mandate to shoot at least six self-assignments [so those I assigned myself]. I’m counting my photographic efforts at Mr. Santorum’s rally as self-assignment No. 1.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

 

Mother Nature recently treated much of North Dakota and portions of northwestern Minnesota to several days of hoar frost. I poked around my backyard [literally] with my cell phone camera one morning. And, ventured around the block [literally] with my 5D another day. Oh, then I made a few photographs in downtown Fargo before a visit to the Plains Art Museum. Enjoy! – Ann

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

Photograph of Hoar Frost in Fargo, North Dakota

vermin.me at Plains Art Museum

Kid Quest has come to mean two specific things in our family. For me [a photographer, artist and creative entrepreneur], it’s an excuse to bring our 6-year-old son to the Plains Art Museum to create and consider art. For Young M. [a football fan, Star Wars aficionado and typical 6-year-old kid], it’s a chance to play with an assortment of toys in the second floor lounge. Our practice has always been to complete the art project first and then retreat to the lounge.

That was before we learned about vermin and were encouraged – as part of our Kid Quest experience – to look for them. These 4-inch tall ceramic figures are scattered around the museum in all sorts of places. They are awkward and charming at the same time. Artist Jamie Burmeister has hundreds of vermin installed at museums and public spaces around the world.

As soon as we learned about vermin, Young M. was on the hunt. Finding and counting vermin soon became a shared mission. We hit galleries on all three levels. We checked hallways and stairways. We rode the elevator. We learned to look here, there and everywhere. We counted and re-counted. We offered encouragement to others who were also looking for vermin. We thought we had them all and then found a few more.

Our final tally came in at 336 or maybe it was 339. Regardless of our numbers or how many vermin are actually installed at the museum, we both considered our adventure a resounding success. And, that’s what made last Saturday our most favorite Kid Quest to date.

Have a great weekend. – Ann

vermin.me at Plains Art Museum

vermin.me at Plains Art Museum

Frosty Photographs

A winter wonderland – in the form of hoar frost – descended on Fargo-Moorhead this morning. I’m not a huge fan of photographs made with cell phone cameras [and that might just be because I don’t yet own an iPhone], but when that’s what you have in hand that’s what will have to do. The frost was so pretty and inciting.

Here’s to a beautiful day and the start of a new month. Thanks for looking, Ann