Ansel Adams is credited with saying, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” Valid point, but it is also important to be aware of what you are seeing in the place you are standing. I find that when I am cognizant of my surroundings, no matter where I’m standing, I will see deeper and more thoroughly. It is in these moments of seeing that I discover art that is not of human making, but is a combination of light and form coming together to create something greater than the individual components. When that happens, I know that I need to be fearless in capturing the vision in front of me, even when the place I’m standing is in the shower.
During the Memorial Day weekend, the highway was jammed with travelers leaving their homes in the city and driving north for the holiday, however I left the city to drive north to my home. In most circumstances, I can revel in the fact that when the weekend ends, I get to stay and they have to leave. These days I am right in with them as they head back to the city, heads filled with memories of time spent in the beautiful northland of Minnesota.
Now that the high school sports season is over, I no longer am doing sports photography, and while home, I took time to explore the flowers that were in full bloom. There were tulips, violas and pansies. The lilacs were not quite ready, but the ever present dandelions were everywhere. I expect that when I return next weekend, even more plants will be evident, perhaps the lilacs will have bloomed and it will be safe to begin planting the veggies. i get to move between one home where I am doing more ripping out than planting and another where I get to create space for things to grow. In the end though, the ripping will lead to more open space for wanted things to grow.
Life takes some interesting turns, which keeps it from getting boring, but also steers down roads you weren’t expecting. After receiving word that my father was being admitted to the hospital, and then was being sent to hospice, my regularly scheduled life was interrupted and I have been challenged to see the world from a different perspective. My life in Duluth is somewhat on hold as I now am spending most weeks at my parents home in Minneapolis. There has been a reversal, instead of living at home and visiting my parents, I live at my parents and visit home. I travel the 175 miles between the two witnessing sunrises and sunsets.
However, as long as I was going to be spending so much time in the metro area, I looked around for some photo work to distract me from my other tasks and am now shooting high school sports most days during the week through the end of May for Varsity Views. I’ve shot many soccer games during the Schwann’s USA Cup in Blaine for the last five years, so covering other sports is not much of a shift, the concept is pretty much the same. Most of the games I’ve covered have been in the western suburbs such as Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Wayzata. I will be adding links to the games I’ve shot to my business website in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve attached a few of the images from some of the events.