The Dog Show

The Land O’Lakes Dog Show was happening in St Paul this weekend. It was an opportunity for me to take my camera out for something new and different to start off the new decade!

Truth be told, although I absolutely LOVE dogs, I am not too fond of dog shows. My goal was to capture candid moments behind the scenes during the 90 minutes I roamed the show floor with my camera. Here are the photographs I captured.

Which is your favorite photograph?

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Shot with the X-Pro 2 and 35mm. I thought I needed more reach than my usual 23mm on X100F but I found that I was often too close and the X100F would have been a better choice. Live and learn!

Wishing You A Creative New Year!

2019 was an amazing year, I met many of you on some wonderful photo adventures around the world. I hope to be a part of your photographic growth in 2020!

Here is my year on the streets of Paris, Barcelona, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York, Berlin, Normandy… … (best viewed in HD)

 

Musicians At Play ~ Eric and Laura

My series continues with two artists I visited recently. I am combining them in this one post as I have fewer pictures of each of them than some of the previous musicians.

I met Erin Kodner who played the French Horn for me. It was a challenging instrument to photograph due to its reflectivity. Since the goal of this project is little or no post processing,  removing my reflection from the instrument was out of the question, so it required a little bit more creativity in the framing and selection of the focal points. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the time I spent listening to Eric play and the lovely conversation we had afterwards.

In another part of town, I met Laura McKenzie and the buttery sound of her flutes. I also spotted her reflection in a little mirror, which gave my an extra creative angle while she was playing.

I hope you enjoy the following photographs.


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This series is about music and passion. I simply record the musicians practicing in the intimacy of their home or studio. I come to the space for the first time, meet my subject and let the music and the light guide me to create the most intimate portraits of the artist, always unstaged and unposed. This project is shot at 35mm with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation using ambient light and minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

Visit the gallery to see the series in progress

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below!

Musicians At Play ~ Olivia

I was very excited when I met Olivia at her studio and saw the beautiful piano and the large windows. Playing with light is my favorite thing to do! I enjoyed listening to a few lovely pieces by Chopin and Rachmaninoff why taking these pictures.

Thank you Olivia at North Hill Music for giving me a few minutes of your time!

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This series is about music and passion. I simply record the musicians practicing in the intimacy of their home or studio. I come to the space for the first time, meet my subject and let the music and the light guide me to create the most intimate portraits of the artist, always unstaged and unposed. This project is shot at 35mm with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation using ambient light and minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

Visit the gallery to see the series in progress

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below!

Musicians At Play ~ Michael, James and Nick

I reached out to pianist Michael Cain a few weeks ago to ask him to be a part of my new project. He invited to meet him and his friends on Saturday afternoon while they were practicing for an upcoming gig. The trio was meeting at Nick’s house that day. It makes sense, Nick being the drummer it’s easier to move a bass and a keyboard than the entire drum set…

I followed Nick to the basement of a house in St Paul, entered the small music room and met the rest of the trio. Michael at the keyboard, James at the bass. The space was very small and dark, the ceiling was low. I met yet another challenge: to photograph the musicians at 35mm in a space that required a 16mm… So I embraced the limitations and, trying not to get in the way, I started to work with angles, points of focus and different shutter speeds. After all, it wouldn’t be any fun if it was too easy, right?

Their MUSIC? A M A Z I N G!!!  If you get a chance to see them play in Minneapolis in January, keep in touch with Michael here to find out their schedule.

Here are few close ups of the musicians at play…

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This new series is about music and passion. I simply record the musicians practicing in the intimacy of their home or studio. I come to the space for the first time, meet my subject and let the music and the light guide me to create the most intimate portraits of the artist, always unstaged and unposed. This project is shot at 35mm with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation using ambient light and minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

Visit the gallery to see the series in progress

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below!

Musicians At Play ~ Dakota Dave Hull

I met Dakota Dave Hull this morning in his studio. It was another snowy day in Minneapolis and I was so happy to get out and work on this project again. I was greeted by his dog, an adorable Cavalier King Charles by the name of Kobi, who knew instantly that I was a dog lover.

I would describe Dave’s space as a recording studio/guitar museum. I don’t know much about guitars but I could tell that there were some very special ones lined up. Dave immediately chose one and started playing, then switched to a different one, and another one. All more beautiful than the other: Classic, resonator…

From a photographic standpoint, this was a very challenging shoot. No soft window light this time, but multidirectional spotlights creating strong shadows and bright highlights. But isn’t the point of this project to keep me on my toes by adding the unexpected level of challenge that makes photography so fun? I rarely have to worry about my own shadow during these types of projects but I did today and I embraced the challenge while Dave was picking his guitar with a rare talent.

Here are some of my favorite shots from my visit, make sure to check out Dakota Dave Hull’s work on his website.

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This new series is about music and passion. I simply record the musicians practicing in the intimacy of their home or studio. I come to the space for the first time, meet my subject and let the music and the light guide me to create the most intimate portraits of the artist, always unstaged and unposed. This project is shot at 35mm with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation using ambient light and minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

Visit the gallery to see the series in progress

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below!

PARIS and DOGS…

Bonjour!

Just a quick note to let you know that every copy of Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS and Chasing Light. Telling Stories. DOGS will be signed until they sell out. There is still time to get your copy before the Holidays… And a few more for the Paris, Photography and/or Dog Lovers on your list 😉

Thank you for your support for my work!


Chasing Light Paris cover

Every time I make an image, I capture a moment in time that has never happened before and will never happen again. It’s the blink of an eye, a moment in the life of a stranger. Unprovoked, unstaged, unposed, unaltered — just beautiful and candid everyday life.

This collection of black and white photographs of daily life in Paris is a homage to the most beautiful city in the world and its people.

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Dogs are the best. There is no doubt about that. They only have one flaw: Their lives are too short. This book is a collection of black & white photographs of dogs who met my lens around the world in recent years. From Paris to Barcelona, from Minnesota to California, all the dogs in this book speak the language of love. This book is an homage to the dogs who have filled my life with joy and unconditional love since my childhood.


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Musicians At Play ~ Penelope

I am so excited to start a new winter project. The necessary self assignment to survive the dreadful Minnesota winter between travel/workshops and to feed my artist soul.

This new series is about music and passion. I simply record the musicians practicing in the intimacy of their home or studio. I come to the space for the first time, meet my subject and let the music and the light guide me to create the most intimate portraits of the artist, always unstaged and unposed. This project is shot at 35mm with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation using ambient light and minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with light and my camera, not with Lightroom. I play with slow shutter speed and backlit situations as I would when I am shooting on the streets.

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My first musician is the amazing 16 year-old Penelope who has been playing the violin for 13 years! I only spent a few minutes with her but I could have listened to her for hours!

I hope you enjoy this new winter series. I’m loving every minute of shooting it and I cannot wait to meet my next musician! The series will find its home on my website in this gallery.

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September in Normandy, October in Paris

Bonjour!

The 2019 workshop season ended a week ago. It’s been an amazing year and I am now catching up with office work, podcast recordings, publishing my 9th book and… sleep!

It’s been too long since my last post. So today I am sharing with you some pics I gathered along the way while teaching in Normandy in September and Paris in October.

I hope to see many of you on workshops in 2020, in some of my favorite destinations or new ones! Check out the schedule here.

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Minnesota State Fair Moments 2019

I had very little ‘camera time’ at the State Fair this year. But do you know what the good part is? It comes back every year! 12 glorious days that mark the end of summer in the Heartland.

Click here to see more of my State Fair Moments series.

I will continue to document it next year 🙂