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.Read More
This was a perfect project - J.S. Ondara contacted me with with a great initial idea, then let me run with everything creatively from there. He wanted to record and film a solo performance of a new song inside a gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The idea for the video came from Jay playing a Third Thursday event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), and was inspired by the long constantly moving camera work in my video of Lucius in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda for The Current (link). With the suggestion of the location and a general idea of a series of long moving shots, I set to work to plan the production on a quick timeline just after the New Year.
A huge thanks to Kim Huskinson at MIA for her interest in this project, and approving us to film in one of the most iconic rooms of the museum.
The project was fairly complex, with a constantly moving camera, limited budget, and the added detail that the museum would be open while we were filming. We needed a small, skilled crew to keep the shoot footprint to a minimum.
Chris Savage joined the project to operate the camera and brought in Keith Moechnig to AC, pulling focus remotely while we were filming. I also collaborated with audio engineer, Nick Leisenheimer, to select a mic that would compliment and add to the visual of the project. We didn't need to hide the microphone, as I wanted to highlight that this was a live audio recording in the space. Nick’s audio mix of the ribbon mic in close, with a stereo mic in the room really captured the lovely long natural reverb of the gallery space.
It only took two takes to capture a performance that Jay was happy with musically, then we did a few more takes, closeup and extremely wide angle to combine in the edit. The space and his performance were so beautiful in their simplicity, I didn't want to add anything else to the edit.
Director: Nate Ryan
Camera: Chris Savage
AC: Keith Moechnig
Sound: Nick Leisenheimer
Thanks to: Kim Huskinson and Anthonia Eboreime at MIA.
Thanks to: Cinemechanics and Tasty Lighting
I’m honored to be included again in the Communication Arts Photo Annual, in the advertising category. The photo awarded this year is a portrait of Twin Cities hip-hop artist P.O.S that was shot for promotional use around a new single.
This year, the panel of jurors selected 140 winning projects from nearly four thousand entries. I feel privileged each time I’m included in the CA Photo Annual, as the winning images represent some of the most powerful and memorable photographs from the previous year. Many of the other winners are some of my photographic heroes, and it is humbling to be presented as a peer within the pages of the contest.
You can find the photo in the July/August 2017 issue of Communication Arts, or at CommArts.com.
For several years I've worked with Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current. The station plays an eclectic mix of some of the best new contemporary and established musicians, drawing from local, national, and international scenes.
I approach each portrait fresh, trying to create something tailored to the specific artist, and their music and aesthetic, yet while keeping the images such that there is some consistency within the body of images. It is a wonderful partnership with The Current to have full creative control, and the opportunity to work with so many incredible artists.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