Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS

Bonjour!

Sorry for the short hiatus on this blog. It’s been a crazy few months with international photo workshops and a new book! But I have a lot of photographs to share with you so watch your inbox as I will be posting a little of Paris, a little of New York and a little of Barcelona in the coming days.

Today I want to introduce you my 7th book but also my 1st ‘fine art’ book Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS now available for purchase worldwide via my website. I am very proud of this book and it is the first of a series in the same format and high quality printing. GET YOUR COPY HERE before it sells out!

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Please take a moment to read one of the first reviews since the book launched a few days ago:

Welcome Home

In “Chasing Light. Telling Stories. Paris” Street Photographer Valerie Jardin takes us by the hand to places in her heart and ours. 

I shoot pictures, therefore it’s a given that I collect books of photographs. Maybe you do too. I won’t go into who is on my bookshelf here, but invite me for coffee and I’ll talk for hours. I love the pictures, and I truly love photographers as people, professional or not. As a songwriter, my tools are different, but my aim is the same; capture a moment. 

Valerie Jardin, known around the world as a brilliant “Street” Photographer, teacher, podcaster, endorser, influencer, sometimes heart-on-her-sleeve-wearer, who dances across countries and continents practically non-stop with her students in tow, has landed just long enough to produce a first-in-a-series photographic art book of her own work. It will not look out of place on your shelf alongside anyone who is already there. Honestly, it’s a wonder she has the time to shoot for herself, but thank goodness! Her rich inner curiosity, an eye that never seems to tire, her clear-cut storytelling and no doubt sensible shoes and clothing choices, combine to make us the viewer richer for the result. 

The book has heft, like a great camera. The design purposely does not intrude, and the B&W pictures, some spread over two pages, are a pure delight. A bouquet of emotions spilling onto page after page, as if she had invited you to spend the day “purposefully getting lost” as she says, in a city that is gracious, charming, and above all, gloriously different, from one doorway, one cafe, one street to the next. 

Have you been to Paris? Fantastic! You are about to go back. You’ll know some of the places, but you’ll see them with added detail and introspection, and frankly, in ways you or I haven’t thought of yet. Never been to Paris? Well, that’s a pity, but if you look at Valerie’s book as much as I have in the short time it has been available (It’s selling like mad) once you put your feet on those streets for real, possibly with camera in hand, there is zero chance of having culture shock. Everything you’ll need to know will be familiar to you. Paris is your home and welcomes you, with Valerie Jardin as your guide, all exquisitely French. Don’t worry about the language barrier, her photo interpretation is enough to get you around. You simply don’t need any words.

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GET YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK HERE

The Artist & The Space ~ Kelly

Last week my camera allowed me a glimpse into the world of weaving, Scandinavian rep weaving to be exact. I met with Kelly Marshall, founder of Custom Woven Interiors, Ltd. at the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis on another cold and snowy day… While Kelly mostly works on new designs and in her office today, one of her weavers, Trisha, was at the loom during my visit. I was in awe at the speed, dexterity and coordination required to work the loom. I never realized that the weaver’s feet played such an important part, reminiscent of the performance of an organ player… Here are some photographs I captured of the artists and the space during my short visit a few days ago.

I hope you enjoy them!

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

The Artist & The Space ~ Kristi

This week I had the pleasure to enter the world of floral design. I visited award winning Munster Rose studio in Minneapolis and met Kristi, the owner and creative director. They are specialized in wedding floral design but today Kristi was working with a young student (she also teaches workshops in floral composition). Being a teacher myself, it was really fun for me to watch them interact.  Her student was definitely a natural and a fast learner. This visit and the smell of flowers made me long for Spring even more as we are entering another snowy weekend here in Minnesota.

I hope you enjoy this week’s artist! Please leave a message in the comment section below.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

The Artist and The Space ~ Rachel

I met Minneapolis photographer Rachel Simmons last fall, I even interviewed her for my podcast. She is not your ordinary family photographer, she uses her amazing studio space to create an imaginary world for children’s birthday parties. I met with her yesterday morning as she was setting up for a Winter Wonderland themed party. I can tell you that it is a lot of work! But what an amazing thing to combine her love for children, photography and the imaginary into whimsical birthday parties to the delight of children of all ages…

Visit Rachel’s website and listen to my recent interview with her.

I hope you are enjoying this series, please share a few words in the comments below. Thank you for visiting!

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

The Artist and The Space ~ Andrew

This week I had the privilege to spend time with Andrew Dipper, a renowned maker and restorer of fine violins and cellos from London. Andrew is also a historian and a writer. He now works in Minneapolis as vice president at the prestigious Claire givens Violins, Inc.

While I photographed Andrew at work, I really enjoyed our conversation about some of the rarest instruments he’s worked on as well as some famous violinmakers whose portraits he collects in his studio. The precision of the artistry required to work on such instruments is incredible. Andrew shared with me that a luthier often works for several years on guitar restoration before graduating to violins and cellos which are much more complex instruments. Once again, I left this experience with utmost respect for the passion and craftsmanship of an art I knew so little about.

This project is feeding my artist soul and my curiosity at the same time.

I hope you are enjoying this series, please share a few words in the comments below. Thank you for visiting!

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project gallery on my website.

The Artist and The Space ~ Charlie and Pop

After a crazy busy month of traveling followed by end-of-year festivities, I finally had the time to visit another artist and continue this series. I made plan to visit my friend Charlie Maguire at his studio in the California building in Minneapolis and, as a bonus, he offered to schedule my visit around his rehearsal with renowned folksinger Pop Wagner. It was such a treat!!!

It was cloudy on Monday morning but Charlie’s space is located in a one hundred year old grain mill building transformed into artists’ studios and offers two directional light sources from really large windows. It was moody to perfection!

Before Pop arrived, I photographed around the studio while chatting with Charlie. He is a very interesting man: A WWII history buff, an avid photographer and, of course, a life long musician!

The two friends were meeting to rehearse for an upcoming show ‘Bound for Glory’ on February 2.  I urge you to attend if you live in the Twin-Cities area, click here for more info.

I hope you are enjoying this series, please share a few words in the comments below. Thank you for visiting!

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For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (for a change) in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any (applying my 5 sec. rule per frame or less). The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project gallery on my website.

6 Days in Havana

Well… It was more like 4 days in Havana and 2 days of travel but I LOVED every minute of Havana and I can’t wait to experience it again.

I left the week before Christmas, this trip was a present to myself, some much needed ‘me’ time with my camera. No teaching, no schedule, no internet… Pure photography fun. I joined my good friend David Julian at the end of his Cuba tour. This made everything so much easier for me as David knows Havana well and had booked my room in a Casa for my short visit. I spent the first couple of days hanging out with him and a small group of students, enjoyed some really cool cultural visits and learned a lot about the people and the culture. Then the following 2 days were just spent ‘getting lost on purpose’, meeting locals, hanging out inside old car repair or woodworking shops, meeting some rising stars in a boxing rink, walking into barber shops, etc. No plans, just chasing the light and letting serendipity do its thing. I can tell you one thing: I CANNOT WAIT to experience Cuba again!

I shot more B&W than color in Havana. Both have their place for different reasons but the choice is never random. I shot jpegs with the Fujifilm X100F in Classic Chrome and Acros.

I forgot to include some of my favorite shots in this video but I wanted to get it out there before I get on a plane again. I’m still working on the Havana Gallery on my website if you prefer to see stills without music 😉

But for now, please click the play button and DANCE!

Thank you for visiting. Please share a few words in the comment section. Cheers!

Streets of the World 2018

Bonne Année, Happy New Year!

Here are just a few of the hundreds of moments I captured on the streets in 2018. From Paris to New York, from Rome to Zurich, from San Francisco to Havana, and beyond…

There is nothing I love doing more than seeing and recording the beauty of everyday life. I hope you join me on a photo adventure in 2019!

Thank you for visiting my blog in 2018, I look forward to sharing my 2019 with you!

The Artist and The Space ~ Emily

The 5th artist of this series is Emily Johnson, a jewelry artist who works from her studio in the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Minneapolis art district. I love her designs, especially the raw hammered metal work she so skillfully creates. She has been a full time artist for 10 years and I do know the amount of work and determination that takes!

I spent an hour in her studio while she was working during one of the busiest time of the year. I invite you to see the photos of the artist and the space here and visit her website to see Emily’s beautiful work.

I hope you are enjoying this series, please share a few words in the comments below. Thank you for visiting!

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You can also visit The Artist & The Space gallery on my website.

The Artist and The Space ~ Harriet

Harriet Bart is a world renowned conceptual artist. I had the privilege to visit her studio in Minneapolis a few days ago. Although this series is about the artist and the space, it’s impossible to dissociate Harriet’s work from the space because her studio is art! I was particularly drawn to her use of paper, books and words in her work. Listening to Harriet talk about her inspiration and the story behind each piece was fascinating. I stayed much longer than I had anticipated, I enjoyed our conversation so much, that I completely lost track of time. Please visit Harriet Bart’s website to learn more about her work and where to see it.

Here are some of the photographs from my visit. Do you have a favorite?

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Thank you for visiting! You can also visit The Artist & The Space gallery on my website.