Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

First, the facts. Rallies organized by the recently formed Stand Up for Women North Dakota were held in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot yesterday. Hundreds turned out to urge Gov. Jack Dalrymple to veto legislation aimed at limiting or banning abortion. Today, the governor signed three bills, setting the stage for legal battles, more rallies and a lot more. Fargo is home to the state’s lone abortion provider.

Second, the obvious. Abortion ranks as one of the most contentious issues in the nation.

Third, the disclaimer. I attended yesterday’s rally as an independent photojournalist who frequently documents organized events and general happenings in the Red River Valley. I present these photographs as a record of events. My guess is future rallies and counter rallies will be held. I will also photograph those gatherings as life permits.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

Hundreds attend Fargo rally urging veto of abortion measures

A few months back I shared a few images from an outing to Red Goose Gardens outside Shelly, Minn., and talked about my vision for an upcoming call for entry. Well, I’m happy to share that my proposal was accepted and I will be one of five local artists and four groups participating in The Arts Partnership’s inaugural Community Supported Arts project. The concept mirrors that of food-based CSAs except those purchasing a share receive an assortment of original art.

For more information about the project and those involved, check out The Arts Partnership‘s website or read an article published in the local newspaper. Word on facebook is shares are selling fast. Last time I checked just 20 of the initial 50 shares remained available. At just $300 per share, it’s definitely a great deal for anyone who enjoys art and wants to support local artists.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a photograph from last week’s farm outing. I spent seven glorious hours exploring, photographing and considering. I’m headed back to the farm in a few short weeks and can’t wait to see the collection of photographs grow and evolve.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

Photograph of a chicken as part of a community-supported art project

 

 

Yesterday was a super Super Tuesday here in Fargo, North Dakota. Before I get ahead of myself, I should note that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the most votes in North Dakota’s statewide Republican caucuses. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Mr. Santorum and Mitt Romney in recent weeks. I was thrilled when I learned that presidential hopeful Ron Paul planned a stop in Fargo during an area-caucus event. I photographed Mr. Paul at least once years ago for the local newspaper during a visit to North Dakota State University.

Politicians interest me. People interest me. How people respond and react to elected leaders, especially those on the national level, really interests me. I respect any process that brings people together to discuss similar and dissimilar views.

A couple of notes on my approach to photographing Super Tuesday. I brought one camera body, two lenses [24mm and 85mm] and one strobe. I wanted to be mobile and keep things simple. I also went into the event with an intention of being more relaxed about image making. My purpose was to convey an overall sense of the gathering. I wandered around far more than I normally would and spent time chatting with lots of people. The outing was satisfying and even entertaining.

Enjoy the photos and thanks for stopping by. – Ann

P.S. If Newt Gingrich visits Fargo, I would happily photograph his event as well.

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota