A Family of Two

The 1960’s masterpiece, ” Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”, came to mind while Julia, Sam and I created a series of family images on the edge of Excelsior. The setting was ideal because of the landscaping, which included an old-timey tricycle and an arbor.

….and finally, an imposing boulder at the edge of one of Minnesota’s gazillion lakes provided a really swell setting where we could put a wrap on our shoot.  I think Sam and Julia had as much of a laugh as I did, especially after the two on a trike shot.

For the Love of Music

With 40 years of musical experience, Twin Cities band, “Generation Rock” digs deep into musical archives with powerful and memorable staples of the 70’s and 80’s. Drummer Myron Moser, began forming what is now Gen Rock in 2014 and has trolled for artists who are committed to passionate and accurate interpretations of 70’s and 80’s rock. At a Generation Rock concert, extraordinary moments happen on otherwise ordinary evenings.

Such was the case at a recording studio in the Twin Cities recently when the band performed before a phalanx of recording cameras including mine. One image, made at the lip of the elevated stage, captures the energy and passion of lead guitarist Blitz and I think that speaks eloquently of the bands’ shared joy while performing.

They Flew Into a Fire Storm

With the epoch documentary ” Vietnam” airing on PBS, I’m compelled to honor daring men I served with during that war. During a brief lull in bombing, I photographed these pilots on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, USS Hancock.

They were men of squadron 215 and they flew the Douglas Skyraider, the last of the propeller-driven fighter bombers. So vulnerable were the ” Spads” to antiaircraft fire and surface to air missiles, they were retired from combat in 1967. However, these pilots could provide incredible low level support to Marines and soldiers who were in close contact with enemy troops.

I knew these men because they received their target information in my office, Air Intelligence, often aided by their squadron intelligence officers: ” Kaz” Kazvinski, Mel Peddy and Jack Hannon.  Lt. John Black, in the bottom photo, survived the war. I can’t speak for the other pilots. Some 50 years later, I can say I was honored to know those courageous men who flew ” low and slow” to save American troops on the ground.

 

Hay Mow Studio

Its been decades since baled hay filled the mow of an Excelsior barn, but its a really swell for portraiture. Rachel and I adjusted a tattered flag that leaned against a wall, then placed her in juxtaposition with it. A single window provided our morning light, reminding me of the barn where, as a youngster, my sister and I dug holes in hay and shared the ” cave” with our collie, Rover. We also shared marshmallows with him.

 

A Pensive Moment

For several moments this child seemed lost in his thoughts while conversations swirled around him. Minutes earlier, he had chatted with a teen on a laptop, but at the moment I framed him at the window, he was somewhere else in a place, perhaps, where children and only children can go.

 

 

ETA 11:04 AM

KARE-TV meteorologist Laura Betker and husband Bryan can look forward to more sleepless nights!  Bianca Joy greeted the world just days ago, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz. and just in time for lunch!    Her sister Gwenn was mesmerized with the new face with its newborn puffiness and wrinkles. And those hands, they’re so tiny! Im thinking she’s going to be a very attentive and loving sister.

Lure of the Lake

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In the land of 10,00 lakes, hardy Minnesotans are in the water and on it year round and none is more popular than Lake Minnetonka. Competitive sailing is a national draw, wakeboard surfing has opened up to athletes who’ve lost limbs and every New Years Day hundreds of ” you betchas” leap into an opening in the ice in Excelsior to raise money for various local causes. By the way, water temperature hovers just above 32 degrees during the Polar Plunge !

 

From the Archive

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In one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, Tosha and I celebrated a stunning sunset. A gifted lifestyle photographer, Tosh appreciated my desire to steal a moment of beauty, hers and nature’s,  as the sun slid beneath the distant horizon . It was a fun shoot on an evening when the water was relatively warm for Minnesota and the only ripples on the surface were hers.

That Braid Caught My Eye

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I first laid eyes on Elle’s braid in a pizzeria in Tonka Bay. Standing behind her, I turned to the manager, Gary Ezell, and said I’ve got to shoot her, I love that braid. He introduced us ( she is a part time employee), and within a week, we were joined by her mom Carol and sister Anna. In an 1880’s barn, Carol lent a hand while holding a reflector in a dimly lit setting. Then we hooked up again for a memorable shoot at Shady Grove, a roadside pull off where, years ago, a boys’ home once stood.

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Remember When

remember_when.jpgPerched upon her father’s 1966 Nova SS, Jen Maloney poses beside her brand new husband Mike at the Mayo Brothers farm near Rochester.  It was a long day of shooting; 12 hours, then a drive back home to Shorewood. Since this August day in 2011, I’ve shot every significant family event with my friends Jen and Mike. Great fun with swell pals.