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
When Frankie Lee's came into the The Current's studios last spring, we hit it off well, and have stayed in touch though out the summer. When I found out that Frankie was heading to Northfield on Friday to play a house show, I sent a text seeing if I could ride along for the show. It worked out well, I had just wrapped a classical shoot for Performance Today when Frankie stopped by the studios to give me a ride and we set off down highway 52 to Northfield.
I've been following the house shows that Jessica Paxton and Jennifer Severtsgaard have been organizing in Northfield for over a year. When I was a Student at Carleton I worked with Jessica in the college media relations office as a student photographer. They've consistently brought some great Twin Cities musicians down to play the house show series. As we pulled into Northfield with about 30 minutes to kill, I remembered the old Canada Ave bridge at the end of the Carleton Arboretum. So we took the scenic shortcut, and pulled over at the old bridge to walk around for a bit. It was a great little spot to make a few portraits with the soft overcast light.
Jessica, who organizes the house shows, also has a AM radio show on the local station - KYMN. As part of the gig, Frankie stopped by the show to play a song on air and do a quick interview with Jessica.
After quick dinner and drink next door to the radio station at the Tavern Lounge, it was time to set up and load the gear in. Jake and Jeremy Hanson also drove down from the cities to back Frankie, and met us at the house. Frankie's friend Jordan, who plays bass and lives only two blocks form the house in Northfield joined as well. As the guys sound checked, it was surprising how good things sounded, only a few level tweaks and everyone was good to go. To step away before the show, we grabbed a few beer and stepped over to Jordan's place. At 9:00 it was time for the show. The crowd was good, a nice mix of people including a lot of faculty and staff from the college, but a few students and others from around and the cities too. It was a nice intimate show, lots of Frankie's songs, but a mix of covers too. With Lou Reed's recent passing, everyone seems to be looking back his work. Frankie and Jake swapped off lead vocals for a few Velvet Underground covers, a few of which were jammed out nicely. All too quickly it was time to wrap things up. Jake had another show that night, and had to run out to back it back in time for his set. After post show chatting, it was time to make the drive back to Saint Paul.
I'm excited to share one of my latest large project. This fall I worked with Carleton College, my own Alma Mater, to script and film a video promoting bike friendliness of the campus and surrounding area. I was really happy to work on the project, especially having been the Carleton Cycling Team president while I was in school there. The area around campus is gorgeous in the fall, with cornfields starting a mere five minute ride from the edge of campus. I wanted to present three stories of how people on campus use their bikes; looking at the cycling team, a professor who commutes daily by bike, and the rest of the student body that uses their bikes every day just get to class or head downtown.
As part of the preproduction I went down to Northfield to scout locations for the shoot. Of course that was the most perfect day ever imaginable, and I thought there was no way to have as nice weather on the actual shoot date; however, when it came time to shoot we had an equally perfect day. A few clouds in the afternoon gave way to a incredible sunset. Watch the film bellow:
I was happy to have assistant Josh Morris helping on the project. He had the important roll of driving my car as I was filming out the back in front of the riders. In the afternoon Josh Becker joined the crew to add a second camera angle as we worked around town, and captured the slow motion footage for of the cycling team, adding another texture to the project. I'm really happy with how the project turned out, squeezing a lot of information and scenery into our two minute goal. A few of my favorite frames from the project: