New Work for The Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossom’s have spent the two+ years writing and recording their new album. It was an honor to be asked to work with them again for some press photos to accompany the new album. Taking an afternoon in the Westbank neighborhood of Minneapolis – legendary for the bars where Bob Dylan got his start. We had a very casual shoot in bouncing between Palmer’s Bar, The alley behind The Wienery, and eventually getting up onto the roof of iconic The Cedar Cultural center.

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Then at the beginning of the holiday season, The Cactus Blossoms took to the First Avenue Main Room for what’s become a big annual gig, treating those attending to a sneak peak at a lot of the songs that will be on the new album due out in March. The first single from the album is “Please Don’t Call Me Crazy,” a fun tune, a little more rocking than some of their older songs, so they reached out to me to direct a small team to capture the live energy of the song and create a video from the First Avenue show. The audio is the live performance, not the album version, which adds to the energy. We did film some of soundcheck, getting some extra footage to mix in with the live footage.

Check it out bellow. Huge thanks to the team that made it possible:

Directed and Edited by Nate Ryan
Recorded by Michael Whitney
Mixed by Tom Herbers
Additional Cameras: Kevin Horn and Brian Suerth

Band:
Jack Torrey
Page Burkum
Tyler Berkum
Jacob Hanson
Jermey Hanson
Phil Hicks
Michael Lewis

X-Games Skateboard Gold Medalist: Mariah Duran

 
Mariah Duran

Mariah Duran

 

I grew up watching the X-Games, and got into photography looking at the photos in BMX magazines, so it was a bit of a return full circle this summer when I photographed skateboarder Mariah Duran for Ozy.

Meeting Mariah just after she arrived at her Minneapolis hotel, I had a little over an hour to capture a full mix of portraits, action photos, and video clips for website loops. Knowing I would be shooting in the midday sun, I had scouted locations that would be filled with diffused, bounced light, or where the hard shadows could turn into crisp graphic elements. It was fortunate that there is a small skate park in the corner of downtown Minneapolis. While not exactly competition quality, Mariah was happy to stretch her legs and get some time on her board after a morning of travel, nailing some serious tricks for our shoot.

Just two days after our shoot, Mariah clinched the gold medal in the X-Games Skateboard Street finals. 

 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan
 Pro skateboarder Mariah Duran, photographed in Minneapolis Minnesota, ahead of the Summer X Games, July 17th, 2018. Photo by Nate Ryan