A Minimalist Day

There are days when you just need to unplug. That’s exactly what I did yesterday on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  As a bonus, the heavy fog provided the minimalist landscape I love so much. Feeling refreshed today, and it’s good to be plugged in again!

 

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You didn’t expect a post without people in any of the pics did you? ;)

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Museum-Goers 06

Modern Art brings out unexpected reactions and behaviors from some museum goers. Some are quite comical at times…

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Museum-Goers 05

Here is Part 5… I’m having too much fun with this project! :)

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I’m only a few weeks into the series, see the collection on my website.

The Year In Review ~ 2014: Six Cities on Three Continents

The Year In Review ~ 2014: Six Cities on Three Continents

2014 has been a busy year, I travelled to 6 major cities on 3 different continents to teach photo workshops. I thought it would be fun to post my personal favorite of each city, month by month. 

Which is your favorite?

 

January 2014 ~ Paris, France

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February 2014 ~ Melbourne, Australia

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March 2014 ~ San Francisco, USA

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April 2014 ~ New York City, USA

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May 2014 ~ Chicago, USA

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May 2014 ~ Minneapolis, USA

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June 2014 ~ Paris, France

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September 2014 ~ Paris, France

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October 2014 ~ Minneapolis, USA

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October 2014 ~ New York City, USA

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To see my 2015 photo workshop schedule, please visit my website

Ordinary Objects Are Beautiful Challenge ~ November

When I published the Ordinary Objects Are Beautiful Challenge blog post a few weeks ago, I had no idea that so many photographers where going to take it. Today I see ordinary objects popping up on my stream all week long and from all over the world! It’s never too late to join the fun. What ordinary object are you going to make beautiful this week?

Here are my November pics:

Paris As Seen Through My Students’ Lens

I haven’t shared some of my students’ work in a while so I asked my last Paris group to share some of their images with me for a blog post. I’m a proud teacher! :)

Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Paris Adventure!

 

Below is a selection from Scott Loftesness

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Below is a selection From Ed Solow

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Below is a selection from Jennifer Johnston

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Below is a selection from Ron Goren

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Below is a selection from Jackie Sandberg

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Below is a selection from Kim Stevens

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Below is a selection from Derek Hopkins

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For a list of all workshops taught by Valerie Jardin, visit her website

Museum-Goers 04

Another day, another museum… It was quite empty at the Walker Art Center on Sunday afternoon, which was well suited for a more minimalist approach.

 

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Museum-Goers 03

It started to snow this week in Minneapolis, so it’s perfect weather to photograph people inside and outside of museums! I was at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this afternoon. I go there often and never come back empty :)

Enjoy!

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It was a lot of fun outside the MIA too!

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Just For Fun ~ A Short Story

I haven’t done children portraiture in years, and I do NOT miss it. I’ve paid my dues, I even had my own studio for a while. I enjoyed it for a while but I didn’t love it 100%. Life is too short to be stuck doing something you don’t love. I moved on! 

That said, I like kids and they usually like me.

When I was at the WAM last Saturday working on my “Museum Goers” project, I followed this family around for a while and photographed them candidly (hey, I’m a street photographer, that’s what we do!) I had fun watching the mom trying to gather them to do a family portrait. They were not cooperating, to say the least. I engaged her in a conversation and told her that your own children are usually your toughest subjects. We chatted for a while and I offered to take a couple of snapshots of them in a large room with nice window light, just for fun! They posed nicely for me instantly for the first pic (their mom was very surprised how cooperative they were!) Then I told them that they were a bit too serious and to act silly again, and I framed the second shot (I think that one of them will be an actress soon!) I emailed the mom the high res images today. She and her husband were thrilled and I was happy to make someone happy. And I keep a fun memory of my museum encounter on Saturday afternoon. Win-win! :)

And I guess they could have very well been a part of my Beautiful Smiles of Strangers series which I just completed!

Shot with the Fuji x100s

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A Year Of Beautiful Smiles

I photographed beautiful smiles of strangers in the streets for over a year. I made quite a few friends and listened to many life stories along the way. So many great memories!

Here are some of my favorite shots. Whether they were photographed in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, San Diego, Melbourne or Paris, these smiles are contagious, wouldn’t you say?

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