I was sad to hear the news today regarding John McCain. I had the opportunity to take his photograph during his 2008 presidential campaign.
It was the end of the day, he had just finished a town hall meeting and I was scheduled to take his photograph. He had to be tired, but he was gracious and willing to take my direction. At the end of the shoot, I did a couple of selfies with him and he was on his way.
I recently shot a series of images for ESPN. The images were a little different than what I usually do in that all of the scenes were shot in a documentary style. None of the pictures were set up–I shot what was in front of me. I enjoyed doing this and hope to incorporate more of this style of photography into my commercial work.
On another note, one of the images that was shot for this series was accepted into the Communication Arts photo annual. This is a great honor and I’m thrilled to have my work included in such a wonderful group of photography.
In early November I was traveling in Louisiana and had the opportunity to go out on a commercial shrimp boat. The owner, a fourth generation shrimper, was very kind and explained how they’ve been running the family business over the years. “Shrimpin” isn’t easy. It’s a dangerous job and loaded with huge financial risk. They’re tough Cajun’s and very proud. Next time you’re shopping for shrimp, make sure it’s from the Gulf. Shrimp from Thailand and Viet Nam are “farm raised in sewer water”. After we got off the boat, we went out for Gulf shrimp po’ boys.
In honor of the State Fair, Minnesota Monthly magazine printed some photos from a video I shot at the state fair several years ago. Here’s a link to the video. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
I went back to Camp Voyageur for my second consecutive summer. I love it there! I get to witness the pure joy of kids having fun, learning and pushing themselves. I spent four days documenting camp life. The last two days of camp were filled with the annual camp olympics. Some of the activities were the canoe tug of war, peanut butter/cracker eating contest, bed making (with hospital corners!), along with swimming, boating and other sports activities. It’s a great place for a kid to spend his summer! Check out the camp website at campvoyageur.com.
My boys had the day off from school last Friday so we decided to do a road trip along the North Shore. We had a great time and took in some amazing scenery and activities. We stumbled upon a couple of guys surfing in Lake Superior–really cold!! Here’s some of what we saw–
This past summer I spent some time at a camp in northern Minnesota–Camp Voyageur–taking still photos and recording/interviewing the campers and staff. It was a great experience. I wish I could go to camp. If you’re considering a camp for your son, this is a great place to go!
I meet some pretty interesting people when I work. Whether it is for a picture, video or interview, I’m always looking for characters. This past summer my son told me that his camp counselor had an unusual talent—he could speak and sing backwards. When I went to pick up my son at the end of camp, I made a short video. It’s pretty amazing!!
Brian joined a gang when he was 13 years old and soon realized that gang life didn’t appeal to him. This is the story of why he joined the gang, why he left the gang and how he has redirected his life.
I recently had the opportunity to work on a project with a summer camp in northern Minnesota on the edge of the BWCA–Camp Voyageur. It’s a family run boys camp that was established in 1951. I’ve photographed and interviewed the campers and staff over the last six weeks. Stay tuned for a video that will be coming out shortly. In the meantime, here are some pictures from a recent shoot. It makes me want to go to camp!