Ann Arbor Miller's Goals for 2011

I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. However, I have come to accept that anything I do to make myself more accountable – whether to others or myself – is a useful thing to do.

So, I’ve written down my creative goals for the year and am sharing them here. They are listed in no particular order. Thanks to photographer friends Britta Trygstad [you can read Britta’s creative goals here] and Rob Tannenbaum for inspiring this endeavor.

Here’s to a fabulous 2011. Best, Ann

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

No doubt about it, we’ve got A LOT of fresh snow here in the Red River Valley. Two blizzards hit the region over the past few days and plenty of folks are still digging out. I’m grateful for our new snow blower and a husband who enjoys moving snow! I bundled up this morning and took another walkabout around the neighborhood.

Enjoy the photos and here’s to a fabulous 2011. Ann

Photographs of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Frost in the Red River Valley

Not only did we have a beautiful white Christmas here in the upper Midwest, but a lovely coat of hoar frost arrived the next morning. It was chilly enough during my morning walkabout that thin layers of ice actually formed wherever my hands held my camera. I was thankful for a new bomber hat, my husband’s snow pants and time to meander around our north Fargo, N.D. neighborhood.

Enjoy! Ann

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Photographs from Winnipeg, Canada

Photographer friend Britta Trystad and I just returned from a quick trip from Fargo-Moorhead to Winnipeg, Manitoba. We spent about 31 hours in transit. The purpose of the photo-based outing was simply to seek out colors, lines, textures and anything else of visual interest.

The creative exercise served as a reminder to me of how important it is to step outside your routine and away from your regular stomping grounds. Watching [and photographing] the light shift early Saturday morning was pure pleasure. I’m feeling energized and excited about several upcoming projects.

Happy Sunday, Ann

Photographs from Winnipeg, Canada

Photographs from Winnipeg, Canada

Women's Way Calendar Project

Awards are nice. Unexpected awards are even nicer.

It turns out the Women’s Way calendar project recently received the National Public Health Information Coalition 2010 Gold Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication in the outsourced print/graphic specialty project category. The 18-month calendar, which features my photographs of North Dakota women, is being distributed by the state Department of Health as a tool to promote regular screening for breast and cervical cancer.

What’s great about this award is that I didn’t even know the folks in Bismarck had submitted the project for consideration. And, neither did our project manager Anita Hoffarth over at Reach Partners, a Fargo-based consulting firm that specializes in health communication.

That’s what I call a nice surprise.

Happy Wednesday, Ann

P.S. More photographs of the beautiful women of North Dakota and more details about the project are online in a previous journal entry. Feel free to take a look.

Women's Way Calendar Project