Another weekend, another long day of riding: This past Saturday I drove back down to near Northfield with my buddy Sam to get in some miles on the rolling gravel roads. We've both signed up to do the Almazo 100 next month, and have some training to go before we're ready to tackle 100 hilly miles of gravel roads. I was able to find a map for a route I rode originally as the Rawland Cycles Fall Tour, which covers nearly 50 miles, and cuts through some of the prettiest parts of Goodhue county.Read More
With spring here, in name at least, its time to start shaking the legs out and to begin logging some miles. Last weekend I joined the Synergy Cycling Team for a training camp in Wisconsin. Saturday was scheduled to be a long day, with a lot of climbing over the rolling hills near the Mississippi, south of La Crosse; however, we woke up to gray skies and damp air.Read More
After SXSW last month, I heard a lot about St Vincent and her more dramatic stage presence. So I was very excited to have a chance to photograph her show at the State Theater in Minneapolis last week. It was is strangely engaging, while she at times seemed totally cold, calculated and almost robotic, she would then just let loose and tease the audience with a hint of her personality. With almost no extra movement or emotion, St Vincent would unleash her incredible guitar chops, creating some fierce guitar sounds, even while standing stiffly in the center of the stage. Her robot shuffle around the stage felt totally odd until the strobe lights started, and transformed her walk from a weird waddle into perfect illusion floating across the stage. I worked to capture the purposely stiff facade, and contrast it with the intense musical crescendos, and moments of real emotion on stage.
Two weeks ago GRRRL PRTY, an all female hip-hop crew in the Twin Cities, visited The Current's studios. This was the third time in as many months that the rapper Lizzo had visited the MPR studios, and I wanted to try something a little different. GRRRL PRTY has received a huge amount of press from their high-energy shows and I wanted to try to capture that energy and intensity of their rapping in portraits. Setting up a white seamless background, and a simple overhead light, I had each of the members of GRRRL PRTY perform their fastest, most intense verse, leaning right into the camera lens. I love how each individual personality comes through in the images. Check out the video I shot of "Nightwatch" for The Current.
This morning I was at Kieran's Irish Pub for Saint Patrick's Day, photographing for The Current as part of a live broadcast from the bar. Duffy O'Malley here was sitting at the bar all morning – a sweet guy from Ireland, I asked him to pose with his beer for a quick portrait. Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone.