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.

Shop Local: Marjorie and the Yarn Shop

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I spent a few minutes with Marjorie at the Sheepy Yarn Shoppe today. Make sure to visit her shop in White Bear Lake, MN if you live in the Twin-Cities, it’s be there for more than 30 years!

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.

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

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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!