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Our First Visitor to Minnesota

I can’t get my parents to come and visit us. In all the 20-something years we’ve been married, and in all the interesting places we’ve lived, my parents have only visited once. My Mom stayed in the house a few times to watch the cats while we traveled, but both my parents have only visited once together.

But recently we DID have a visitor — my friend Janet from Rhode Island! We did a bunch of touristy stuff and had a blast. Here are a few highlights:

Well, it’s my parents’ loss. Look how much fun we have!

Holga-ing Around the MPLS Photo Center

Back in July, the Minneapolis Photo Center had an exhibit on called “100 Years of Cameras and Photography.” It was a lot of fun to see all the vintage cameras and equipment. There was also a talk by Tom Arndt, a native Minnesotan who has been documenting life in these parts since the 1970s. His photo books include “Home: Tom Arndt’s Minnesota” and “Men in America.” It was fascinating to hear him talk about all kinds of photo topics, including Vivian Maier and why he still shoots black and white film.

It was a beautiful evening and Wendell and I got to the MPLS Photo Center early so we wandered around the area a little bit. The railroad tracks are close by and there are lots of warehouses and construction-related businesses in the neighborhood.

All the photos from this roll are on Flickr in the Roll 21 album if you’d like to take a peek.

A Whole Roll of Half Frame

The Olympus Pen EE-2 half-frame camera is one of my all-time favorite cameras for walking around. Sure, it can sometimes take a long time to finish a roll, especially a 36-exposure roll, but interesting pairings make it all worthwhile. I think of each frame as being sort of a double exposure.

I finished this roll quickly. It includes my neighborhood, downtown Minneapolis along the Mississippi River, and St. Paul’s Mall of St. Paul. What a fun place!

This selection of photos is from Roll 17 of my 2014 52-Rolls Project. If you’d like to see the rest of the roll, they’re all in the Roll 17 album on Flickr.

The XA Files: Northeast Minneapolis ‘Edges’

Back in May I went to Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s the largest open studio tour in the country. Two days is not enough time to see all the artists, hear all the music, and eat all the food! We’re talking artwork in more than 60 locations across the Minneapolis area. Before the doors opened at one of the larger studio buildings, I walked around the block and photographed what I considered to be the edges — old buildings and warehouses that are empty, abandoned, or undergoing renovation and repurposing, like many of the artist studio spaces.

I’d like to spend more time wandering around this part of the city. There’s so much to photograph!