August 2020 in Normandy ~ Part II

I shot quite a bit of color during my vacation last month as well. You know that I don’t make that decision lightly and I strongly believe in being intentional and knowing if a frame needs to be in color or B&W before you press the shutter. After all, isn’t it part of the photographer’s creative process and vision?

Here are a few of my beach color photos… If you missed Part I with my B&W selection, please click here.

All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100V in classic chrome. 2021 workshops announced, including Normandy! See the list here.

August 2020 in Normandy ~ Part 1

I spent a couple of weeks back home in Normandy, France last month. More on the journey itself on my other blog. You know me as a city photographer, but I didn’t even go into the city, I found so much peace and joy walking on the beach with my camera every day. Near water is the one place where people seem to be able to forget the pandemic and be themselves. Even for a moment…

Here are some of my B&W pics. Colors to follow in Part 2…

Where do you find ‘your normal’ these days?

Pics shots with Fujifilm X100V in Acros yellow filter

Shop Local: The Leather Shop

I had a really good time chatting with Kent and stepson Nathan at Leather Works Minnesota a few days ago. The shop is located in a beautiful old brick building in St Paul lower town.  It was fun to have some large windows to play with back lit situations. Their work is AMAZING! Check out their website if you are looking for that special wallet, bag, etc. I have my eye on a really cool grey Gina bag…

About the Shop Local project:  30 minutes, no disruption of the subject at work or the space, one focal length, B&W Acros, no lights, minimal processing and cropping. Shot with the fujifilm X100V.

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Shop Local: The Upholstery Shop

This week I visited Grahn’s Upholstery in Minneapolis and photographed Dale, the lead upholster. He was just working on measuring and cutting fabric for cushions during the few minutes I was there but I managed to get a few fun action shots and some details around the shop.

About the Shop Local project:  30 minutes, no disruption of the subject at work or the space, one focal length, B&W, no lights, minimal processing or cropping. Shot with the fujifilm X100V.

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Shop Local: The Shoemaker

This week I had the privilege to be invited in Amara Hark Weber’s studio. I have encountered a few custom shoemakers in Europe before, but none in the US. Amara says there are not many left. She is very passionate about her art and her workshop is filled with so many interesting objects, I could spend a day there!

Her work is amazing but you have to see it for yourself and in color on her website because I am staying true to the limitations I set for myself for this project: 30 minutes, no disruption of the subject at work, one focal length, B&W, no lights, minimal processing or cropping. Shot with the fujifilm X100V.

Amara is such a lovely person, I can’t wait to visit her again without a mask, when socializing is normal. I’m sure we will have lots of stories to share!

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Shop Local: The Farrier

This week was another real treat for me. I was invited to join local farrier James Klund at one of his clients’. I watched him trim one horse and shoe another. We enjoyed a lovely conversation while he was working. I realize today how much I miss being around horses and the familiar barn smell. Maybe I should ride again…

I hope you enjoy the few snapshots I collected while James was working. Feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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This project is shot with the Fujifilm X100V using ambient light. I am applying the same limitations as with the Musicians at play and The Artist & the Space  projects.

Shop Local: The Bicycle Repair Shop

Racing bikes, mountain bikes, fat tire bikes… Mike, Nathan and Owen do it all at Tangletown Bike Shop in Minneapolis. A super friendly bunch and very passionate about what they do. Check them out if you’re in the Twin-Cities!

Note: I work with a mask. The subject takes his mask off briefly for the portrait, but keeps it on the rest of the time.

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This project is shot with the Fujifilm X100V using ambient light. I am applying the same limitations as with the Musicians at play and The Artist & the Space  projects.

Thank you for visiting!

Shop Local: The Guitar Repair Shop

What a treat! I visited the St Paul Guitar Repair shop today. Co-owners Ron and Michele greeted me and were soon joined by Kevin. They specialize in guitar repair and restoration but each one of them also makes their own line of guitars! Over the years, they’ve had the privilege of working on guitars from very famous artists such as James Taylor, Prince, Sean Lennon, Leo Kottke, Indigo Girls, Soul Asylum, Bonnie Raitt to name a few.

I photographed them working on restoration jobs then asked to make a portrait of each one with their own creations.

In order below: Michele Beardsley with one of her Hep Cat Lap Steels. Ron Tracy with a Ron Tracy Guitar (T 92). and Kevin Schwab with his Schwab Electric Mandolin.

What a fun team! I can’t wait to visit them again, and listen to more stories when things are normal and we can spend time talking and laughing without masks 😉

If you need some expert advice on a guitar, I don’t think you can find a better place. Check them out!

Note: I work with a mask. The subject takes his/her mask off briefly for the portrait, but keeps it on when I do hand close-ups.

 

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Since I have a few more weeks before I start traveling again, I decided to focus my attention and my camera on independent small business owners.

This project is shot with the Fujifilm X100V using ambient light. I am applying the same limitations as with the Musicians at play and The Artist & the Space  projects.

Thank you for visiting!

Shop Local: John and the Birdhouses

I visited the small town of Stockholm, Wisconsin during my ‘Saturday escape from reality’. Population 66 and a popular pit stop for motorcyclists on summers days. I was ready to go back to the car when I spotted this little shop behind a larger building. I walked down the path and met John and his birdhouses. We talked and I asked if he would like to be part of my new series. He happily agreed and I grabbed a few pics… I had fun chatting with John and playing with light for a few minutes 🙂

If you happen to go for a drive along Lake Pepin this summer, make sure you stop by and say hi! His little shop is right behind Hugga Bugga where you’ll meet his lovely wife Char.

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Shop Local: Adam and the Record Shop

I visited Adam at Hymies Vintage Records on Lake Street in Minneapolis this week. What a nice guy and an amazing vinyl collection!

A few minutes after I arrived, a regular customer came in and I immediately noticed a French accent. Since I’m not shy 😉 I asked him where he was from. Jacques is originally from Cameroon but moved to France and studied in Amiens. He arrived in Minneapolis at about the same time I did many years ago… He is a teacher and a musician.  What a small world! We immediately switched to French and became instant friends. So I followed him around the store and photographed him as well as Adam. When he left, I quickly moved to the window to grab a silhouette shot when he gave me an impromptu peace sign.

What a fun encounter. Everyday is an adventure!

Note: I work with a mask. The subject takes his mask off briefly for the distance portrait, but keeps it on when I do close-ups.

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Since I have a few more weeks before I start traveling again, I decided to focus my attention and my camera on independent small business owners. Those small businesses were already hurting before the pandemic because of online stores. You can easily imagine how much more difficult the situation has become after being closed for several weeks. Many never reopened at all.

This project is shot with the Fujifilm X100V using ambient light. I am applying the same limitations as with the Musicians at play and The Artist & the Space  projects.