Scotty & Princess in New Town, North Dakota

The folks at the Mpls Photo Center continue an impressive string of group shows with the “Where In The World” exhibition. This show features images by dozens of photographers from across the United States. The show juror was Toby Kamps of The Menil Collection in Houston.

I’m pleased to share that my photograph of “Scotty & Princess” [above] is among those in the exhibit. This photograph was made last March in New Town, N.D., while I was on assignment for an editorial client. This is the second time in recent months that I’ve exhibited in Minneapolis as part of a juried show. [More details are here.]

The opening reception for “Where In The World” is set for tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. I’ll be there and can’t wait to see the entire show. Best, Ann

P.S. If you don’t happen to be in Minneapolis tonight, feel free to stop by to check out “Where In The World” anytime before Nov. 27.

Wind farm near Rugby, N.D.

While I appreciate landscape photography and hold nature photographers in high esteem, I find myself drawn to making images that show a relationship between the natural world and man-made objects. I came to this conclusion after putting together another set of images from a recent road trip around North Dakota. My primary task on the trip was to create a collection of portraits for a client. However, as time allowed I photographed a handful of roadside attractions and other items of interest.

The photographs above and below were made outside of Rugby, N.D. Wind farms are becoming an increasing addition to the state’s landscape.

Wind Farm near Rugby, N.D.

North Dakota State Capitol Building

The North Dakota State Capitol Building [pictured above] stands 241 feet, 8 inches tall.

'Geese in Flight'

The Enchanted Highway is without question one of my favorite roadside attractions in North Dakota. Small metal geese like the ones pictured above and below line a dirt road that leads to a parking area and the base of “Geese in Flight” – a massive metal sculpture created by Gary Greff. There are at least half a dozen different creations spread along a 32-mile stretch of highway. The Enchanted Highway begins at Exit 72 on Interstate 94 and continues south to the charming community of Regent.

"Geese in Flight"

As an aside, I must be in the habit of looking down at the ground. That’s how I noticed the worm featured in an earlier entry and how I came to photograph the remains of a blueberry muffin [pictured below]. Guess the muffin wasn’t very good… .

Muffin + Dirt

Richardton, N.D.

I’ve been on the road A LOT over the past couple of weeks photographing all over North Dakota for a client – more on the specific project after it is published later this summer.

Most recently, I logged 1,200 plus miles over five days. The road trip took me from Fargo on the east side of North Dakota to Beach on the state’s west side. From there, I headed north to Williston with stops in Minot, Cando, Devils Lake and a few other places before returning home. So, basically I crossed the length of North Dakota twice.

While my shooting schedule was tight, I grabbed a few shots here and there. Rural North Dakota provides endless photo opportunities.

HAMBURGER MEATS [pictured above] is located in Richardton. The landscape [below] was found along Highway 16 north of Beach. The remaining two photos depict a hotel parking lot in Devils Lake and the efforts of a worker at a state rest stop.

An alternate route to Williston

Devils Lake, N.D.

Along Interstate 29

Worm + Doormat + Water

I’ve always been fascinated by the behavior of worms on rainy days. They surface in parking lots, sidewalks and other spots coated with rain water.

This fellow caught my attention this morning as I made my way into Dakota Montessori School in Fargo, N.D. He was still working his way through a maze of treads and pebbles when I returned a bit later with a macro lens.

Little M.

One of the best things about being a mom is being able to watch your child explore, discover and learn. Thanks little M. for helping me become a mom and a better person.