In early December, Twin Cities musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski posted a home recording of a cover of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", where they had updated the lyrics to make the conversation within the song reflect a more consensual relationship. It was a quick thing they had done for fun, but after a post sharing it by Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, the recording gained traction as was soon covered by Time and CNN.Read More
For only the third time, the U.S. hosted a UCI World Cup Cyclocross race, held in Iowa City this past weekend.
Cyclocross combines elements of road cycling and mountain biking, with added obstacles and varied terrain designed to create a grueling, fast-paced event. A course is typically only 1-2 miles long, with racers completing multiple laps in different events ranging from 30 minutes to an hour.
Jingle Cross, held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds outside Iowa City, is three days of races for amateurs and pros. While the World Cup race was a big draw for the festival, the bulk of the races were for amateurs competing on Friday and Sunday. The course is generally the same for everyone, with racers competing in categories based on age and experience. Heavy rain in the days before the race created plenty of mud for the riders to contend with on the course.
The World Cup races drew riders from over 10 countries, including the world champion and several national champions. Reigning world champion, Wout Van Aert of Belgium took first place in the men’s World Cup race and Katie Compton, Reigning US National Champion won the women’s World Cup race. The race was broadcast nationally and internationally to an estimated 10-15 million viewers.Read More
Last month Minnesota Alumni contacted be for a quick location portrait assignment one of their notable alumni.
Patricia Columbus-Powers graduated from the U of M with a degree in engineering, is currently working on her M.B.A., and just started a high-end fashion line that draws on her Native American heritage and artistic traditions. I photographed Patricia inside and around her Saint Paul home. It was a little challenging as Patricia only had one prototype available to showcase in the photos. I worked with Patricia to arrange all her drawing and design supplies, some brand new leather she’d just purchased, and one of her finished design drawings on her coffee table. I shot wide variety of candid images as Patricia worked on a new drawing. With the afternoon sun getting a little lower, the light outside Patricia’s house began to turn nice and warm. The huge historic oak tree in Patricia’s front yard was a beautiful natural background in the heart of the city that tied in nicely with the natural elements of the designs.Read More
This was the fifth year in a row that I've photographed the Rock The Garden for The Current. It is aways a wonderful day outside in the summer sun, with a relaxed crowd and great music. Instead of the traditional location on the hill next to the Walker Art Center, construction in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden forced the festival to find a new location along the banks of the Mississippi in NE Minneapolis. The Boom Island park location was large enough to grow the festival to nearly 18,000 people with two opposing stages. Music jumped between the two stages with nearly no interruption. With an onsite photo editor, and a 2nd photographer, I was able to immediately deliver images to a Dropbox folder accessible to the social media team to post and share through the day. Three songs into each band's set, a card runner would take memory cards to the editor while I would continue to capture more images of the performers and crowd. By the end of they, 15,000 photos were already edited down to about 100 images ready for the recap of the event on The Current's website. With great music and summer weather it was another successful Rock The Garden.Read More
The velodrome is one of the most classic and pure forms of cycling. Racers fly around a smooth banked track, with no brakes and just one fixed gear. The track in Minnesota is one of only about 25 tracks across the country, with weekly races through the summer. I love the long summer shadows and golden light that envelopes the track through the night, eventually leading to just small pockets of sunshine making it into the track. As the sun fades, and the lights of the track come up, the blue skies are a stunning backdrop for the last races of the night.Read More