Window Display

Entering my senior year at Southwest High, I had the choice to play trumpet in the band another year or join the senior art class and study photography. You can guess what I chose, and I’ve never looked back. My photo teacher that year, Brian Sago, is also a skilled printer and he had several of his recent intaglio and screen prints in a gallery opening Friday evening. The show was at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in their beautiful new facility on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

I know this is kinda an off-moment (I was running late to see Funny People) but I really liked the perspective and lighting of the gallery space as seen from the street level outside. I’ll have to keep it in mind for a future shoot.


(“The Home of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker”)
Originally settled by the French during the late 17th century fur trade, Madeline Island now boasts 12 roads, 2 parks, a quaint downtown area and a bunch of beach cabins. My family spent the weekend mostly exploring the Lake Superior coastline and watching Harrison Ford movies (and dealing with an untimely flat). I had a very good time for the few days we were there but I don’t think it would take much more than a month to see and do everything the island has to offer. Not to mention the winter ice storms sound brutal.

Taylors Falls

I remember camping at Interstate State Park with my family and seeing the rock climbers perched precariously on tiny ledges and clinging to cracks on the cliffs along the St. Croix river. As a wanna-be adventurer, it was pure intimidation. Returning on Thursday with my brother, however, I looked at the rocks and saw potential and opportunity. Climbing outside makes indoor climbing feel like training, even if you didn’t know that’s what you were doing. To interact with real rocks, shaped by thousands of years of weather and wear, validates the sport and connects you to it’s origins. And I noticed the same look of admiration and curiosity on the faces of kids walking by as my brother defied gravity on those same rocks. Hopefully some of them will be inspired to come back someday as well.