Life is terribly odd right now as most everyone around the world is aware. What follows are a few photographs of life at home in St. Paul, MN, as we adjust.
With the help of an Epson scanner, I am starting to sort through photos from the 1940’s and slides and photos from the 1960’s through the 70’s. Regrettably, the slides were kept in less than optimal conditions but it is a worthy challenge :).
1948- My brother Mark, sister Ginny, mother, Florence, and Grandma Ruby enjoy a vacation in Canada- as well as Skippy the dog.
Grandpa John 1948
Ginny and Mark- somewhere in the Adirondacks 1948
The next generation to find a love of the woods; Me with Grandma August 1961- 58 years ago.
The trio in the screened window incorporates one adopted by the foster parents (the little gal in the middle) and the two Tuxies still waiting for their furrever home.
Every year the MN State Fair Fine Arts competition presents a unique opportunity to be part of the Fair experience- and fail. LOL. It’s OK. Really. This year, I experimented with manual settings on the camera and black and white shots only- and submitted one of those photos. I have been inspired by the amazing work of Jef Bonifacino .
Here are some interesting stats from the 2017 competition: something like 2,025 entries were submitted from across all mediums and only 14% actually made it in to the exhibition! Yep. It’s a tough gig.
Anyway- here is my entry: “Ghost Flowers”- soon to be exhibited in my living room!!!
It’s that time of year when I begin to think about the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts competition. It has become quite a competitive experience, with photography a popular entry category . I have decided to focus more on experimenting and learning than the possibility of being selected to exhibit (less daunting) and am working on using the camera set to ‘manual’ in an effort to learn more about the art of photography. The cats are being very receptive models to that end!