New site!

So here’s the deal… I decided to move the blog to Tumblr. Not because its where are the hipster cool-kids are, but because in the months I’ve been blogging, I usually stick to short-form blogging– so the format of Tumblr is a little more attractive.

Please check out the new site:


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2 rooftops from last summer, both taken with my trusty Sabre 620 box camera.  Thing is, the Sabre seems to have scratched my negatives pretty bad.  I think this was when I was still filing down the 120 spools instead of re-spooling them onto 620 spools.

Roof 1

Roof 2

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Sky Flyer

Sky Rider
Sky Rider – 2009
Sabre 620, Kodak 160VC

From the Minnesota State Fair in 2009, this has always been one my my most popular images on Flickr.  I’ll admit, its got a lot going for it.  It was taken with a ridiculously cute Sabre 620 camera.  Its of a carnival ride at the most beloved Minnesota event of the summer.  It has that “retro” feel to it.

But for me, I’ve always been hesitant to put this photo front and center.  I mean, its pretty common knowledge that EVERY photographer that uses toy cams has taken similar shots of ferris wheels and carnival rides at some point.  This is the only one I’ve seen of a “Sky Flyer,” but for me it still seems like an “art school” type shot.

And yet, when I show it… people love it.  I know that when I start selling some of my prints, this one will definitely be in the mix.  I think its a good illustration of how people often love different images than you, the photographer, love.

That being said, I’m headed back to the fair this year and I’m going to take plenty more shots of fair things, that’s for sure!

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Como Conservatory

Crystal PalaceSt. Paul, Como Zoo Conservatory
Golden Half Camera

I bought my Golden Half on a whim in Madison, Wisconsin… and it was definitely worth it.  While it can often take FOREVER to get through a roll of 36 exposures (72 shots on this half-frame camera), the results are always a trip.  It very often has a dreamy, soft-focused look.

I really liked the almost-symmetry of this one.  The Como conservatory is a great place to visit in the summer.

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On my way to the photo lab all the way up in New Hope, Minnesota, I pass by Redeemer Lutheran Church.  On the west side of their building they have a sculpture of Jesus with his arms outstretched.  I know that this is supposed to be your typical crucifixion reference, but to me it always seems as though Jesus is giving me a shrug:

Jesus Shrugged

I’ve always enjoyed this little inside joke with myself.  Maybe it is a shrug– maybe its better that way.

The building itself it pretty fantastic.  Built in 1965, and even has a little bit of that New Formalist architecture I was talking about earlier:


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A quick shout out to MinnPost who mentioned by ING Building post on their site yesterday.  Because of this, I had a huge influx of local Twin Cities readers yesterday– I hope a few of them will visit again in the future!  You can see the mention here.

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More from Franconia

Franconia Sculpture Park
Sculpture at Franconia Sculpture Park
Holga 120N – Fuji Pro160C

ShootoutShootout at Franconia Sculpture Park
Argus V-100 – Fall 2009

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More from the Franconia Sculpture Park:

FlagsFlags, 2010
Holga 120N – Fuji PRO160C

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Stadium in St. Croix Falls
Bleachers in St. Croix Falls
Holga 120N – Fuji PRO160C

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ING Building

Designed in 1964 by Minoru Yamasaki, the ING Building (originally called the Reliastar Building) certainly stands out in downtown Minneapolis.  Yamasaki is famous for his design of the World Trade Center towers, but his list of buildings is quite impressive.  One thing I never realized is that Yamasaki also designed one of my favorite places in San Francisco– the Japan Center, also called “Japantown” by tourists.

I’ve always been interested in the midcentury architectural movement referred to as “New Formalism.”  Here in the midwest, we see countless examples of this style, both good and bad, left over from the 1960s and 1970s.  Let’s be honest– many of the examples that are left over are bad, or at the very least have been poorly taken care of.  But every once in a while, you see that New Formalist structure that still moves you.  I think the ING Building is one of those structures.

I’ve been trying to capture this building for a long time, but its scale and its location on a busy street corner in downtown Minneapolis have made it difficult.  Armed with my Holga and a fresh roll of Chinese LUCKY 100 film, I brought back a few good images.



Leaky ING

For you Holga users out there, be advised that the backing paper on Lucky 100 film is very thick.  Because of this, it seems to have put added pressure on the film and my whole roll was scratched by the plastic.  Really a bummer, but because of the leaky, atmospheric quality of these shots, I don’t think it detracts too much from the image.

I think you’ll see the ING building pop up in my photos again.  I don’t think I’ve gotten the perfect shot just yet.

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