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!


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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 🙂

Summer in Berlin

I just returned from spending a few days in Berlin where I taught a 3 days street photography workshop to a really fun group of people, most of whom had attended one or more  of my workshops before.

It had been many, many years since my last visit to Berlin. I wasn’t even a photographer back then. The city certainly offers a great variety of interesting backdrops for street photography, from modern architecture to historical monuments.

I hope you followed my daily videos on Instagram Stories, a fun way for me to take you on photo walks. Here are some of my favorite people pics collected during my short visit. Simple moments of everyday life in an amazing city.

Which do you prefer?

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All photos shot with the Fujifilm X100F in Acros.

Summer in Normandie

After a few days in Paris teaching, I spent the rest of July at home in Normandy. I taught a private 1:1 workshop for a few days immediately when I arrived and then spent the rest of the month enjoying family, friends and summer.  I never take time off so this was a real treat! The following pics are mostly from Cabourg and other surrounding towns on the coast of Normandy.  You will notice lots of dogs (even a talented pétanque playing dog), quite a few children (after all, it’s summer at the beach) and a few silhouettes…

All candid photographs of everyday moments away from the city captured during my daily walks…

Which do you prefer?

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All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100F except the Lensbaby Sol 45 which was on an X-Pro2. All B&W pics shot in Acros, all color in Classic Chrome.

Wish to visit Normandy? Join me on a workshop 🙂

Summer in Paris

Bonjour!

Long time no see… I haven’t even finished looking at my photos from Paris in July yet but it’s time I start sharing a few with you as I’m about to leave for Berlin next week for another photo adventure. I usually don’t teach workshops in July but I did this summer, for 7 days, and it was a glorious time to be in Paris. Lucky for us, my workshop was scheduled between two dreadful heatwaves and we enjoyed very pleasant weather, very long summer days and encountered lots of beautiful people.

Here are a few of my pictures. I shot mostly black and white this summer, I only have a handful of color photographs which I may share another time. I was there for a total of 9 days and loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to teach in Paris again in October, January… Paris is ALWAYS a good idea!

Which photo do you like best?

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All photo shot with a Fujifilm X100F in Acros.

If you haven’t bought my book PARIS yet, you may do so here. Also, visit upcoming workshops here.

Thank you for visiting!

Car People ~ Back to the 50s 2019

It had been a few years since I visited the ‘Big Car Show’. The Back to the 50s event is happening on the Minnesota fairgrounds every June and it is definitely a sight to see… With 11,500 registered collector cars, hundred of thousands of visitors… How could a photographer resist?

I’m not a ‘car person’ but I appreciate them and the craftsmanship and passion that goes into restoring and maintaining those classics. I’m also not a crowd photographer, so whenever I visit such events, I set some limitations. This year I focussed my attention on getting close to ‘car people’, mostly as they were driving around the busy fairground streets. Using my faithful Fujifilm X100F and its 23mm focal length, I set me camera to shoot in Acros and I hit the streets!

Here are some of the car people I collected this weekend… which is your favorite?

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