Bras On Broadway Preview

The 6th annual Bras On Broadway is just around the corner. That means a couple of things.

First, I have one week [as in seven days] to deliver my framed contribution to this very fabulous and important art auction. [The big event is set for Thursday, Oct. 27, but all art is due next week.] Back to that deadline in a moment.

Secondly [and more importantly], tickets [$75 per person] are now available for purchase online. There are lots of ways to get involved and help raise money, support and awareness for breast cancer and those impacted by it. Heaps of information [and a few fun photographs from past events] are online here. [An online gallery of my photographs from the 2010 event is available for viewing here.]

Now, about the submission deadline and personal predicament. This year marks my second time contributing a non-wearable piece of art for auction. I had big plans for last year’s piece, but they didn’t pan out exactly as planned. You can read the more detailed story about the creation of “You Make My Heart Sink” here.

My intention for this year’s auction was to plan ahead so I wouldn’t be left scrambling. Yet, here I am scrambling and asking for help. I spent the past couple of days on the road for an editorial assignment. Before leaving town I gave myself the task of photographing any objects, places or situations that resembled the female breast. I figure the found object approach worked last year so why not try repeating it. Contributing artists [those working with the non-wearable form] aren’t bound to contribute a piece that connects with the whole breast or bra theme. However, I really appreciate the process of creating something new that deals with a predetermined set of parameters.

So, here are three photographs – all were created over the past 48 hours – for your consideration. I’m intending to select one of these images [matted and framed, of course] for the Bras On Broadway art auction. The question now is which one should I pick? In the interest of time [mine and yours], let’s call them A [an artful brick wall], B [object in field] and C [red circles with wire]. I picked up a pair of acorns to photograph as option D. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

Thanks for your help. – Ann

P.S. A list of participating artists is available online here. I’m reasonably certain that most of the photographs on the page were created by yours truly at last year’s event.

Bras On Broadway Preview

Bras On Broadway Preview

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota Republican Rep. Rick Berg held his sixth town hall meeting in recent weeks. Last night’s gathering, which attracted more than 100 folk, was at Longfellow Elementary School in north Fargo.

I stopped in for a bit. The meeting was – sort of – on the way to my office from another self assignment. I was curious to see how many people turned out and what they had to say [which was a lot and with strong opinion]. And, if I’m going to be honest with myself and you, I absolutely love photographing people in this community. It’s something I wish I could do more often.

The lack of a market, media outlet and what feels to me to be a general lack of interest in photographs of everyday people from this part of the world bothers me. Yes, we can count on national coverage for each and every flood event, but the aftermath draws little attention. [Really, what is going on in Minot?!] Oh, and yes we can bank on a few articles about western North Dakota’s oil boom and how we’re all so much better off economically than the rest of the country. I’d ask forgiveness for my frustration, but I continue to miss some pieces of my former life as a newspaper photographer/reporter.

Anyway, my commitment to myself – and to you since you are still reading – is to pursue more self assignments on a consistent basis. I’m open to ideas and requests.

Now, back to the photographs from last night. Enjoy! – Ann

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Rep. Rick Berg's Town Hall Meeting In Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Anniversaries are important milestones. It really is hard to believe a whole year [plus one day] has past since John and Juliet exchanged vows and became a family. Their wedding was held on a super deluxe hot August day in rural West Fargo, N.D.

Best wishes to you both. – Ann

P.S. I’m including a handful of photographs from their wedding as I haven’t shared a selection here before.

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Wedding Photographer

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

I can count on one hand the number of portrait sessions I’ve photographed for high school students over the years. Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to graduate photography.

That was before I met and photographed Callie, who attends Fargo North High School. She was a treat to photograph. Many thanks to Callie’s mom for contacting me and working wonders with an assortment of reflectors. A slight breeze during our session made her job a bit tricky. We photographed at Rustic Oaks south of Moorhead, Minn. It’s a fabulous rural location for photographing just about everything [weddings! events!] and anyone.

Enjoy! – Ann

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Fargo Senior/Portrait Photography

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

The flooding situation in and around Minot, N.D., made national headlines a couple weeks ago. Dramatic aerial photographs showed homes surrounded by and then inundated with flood water. The Souris River [known locally as the Mouse] reached levels never witnessed in the area. Mandatory evacuations forced roughly a quarter of Minot’s 40,000-some residents to leave their homes.

The river’s crest came and went in late June. However, the flood’s impact continues. Areas of the community and hundreds of basements are still covered with water. People remain displaced. Minot officials recently announced the cancellation of this year’s North Dakota State Fair. [Minot has hosted the fair annually since 1965.]

Late last week I accepted an assignment with The Humane Society of the United States [HSUS] to document life at an emergency pet shelter on the south side of Minot. The shelter is currently home to 450 or so dogs, cats and birds as well as one rabbit and one iguana. A group of HSUS volunteers – and many others – are caring for the animals.

For reference, Minot sits 300-some miles northwest of Fargo. I spent the better part of Thursday as well as a portion of Friday morning at the pet shelter. Nearly all of the animals there have owners who brought them to the shelter.

Before returning home [I would have stayed longer if family and other assignments weren’t in the mix], I spent one hour photographing in just a few accessible areas in Minot. Travel in town remains a bit difficult due to road closures. I’m sharing a few photographs here.

The citizens of Minot – especially those directly impacted by the flood – have a long road ahead of them. They need a lot of resources, a lot of support and a lot of money. That much was obvious from my brief time in Magic City.

Here’s to picking up the pieces. – Ann

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota

Flood 2011 Minot, North Dakota