New exhibit at Amore Coffee in St. Paul

I have the good fortune to display 18 photographs at Amore Coffee in St. Paul for the summer. There are 5 new images and I’m happy to have them out in the world. This online gallery shows what is on display at Amore with the exception of four photographs. There are prints from formats ranging from 35mm to 8×10 large format black and white film, both contact prints and enlargements.

There are also Van Dyke Brown historic process prints and a couple of pinhole images as well. Finally, I threw in a few prints from digital files just for the fun of it. As always, something for everyone ūüôā
It’s a great shop and the fresh-roasted coffee is superb, but that goes without saying! Stop by if you are in the area.
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Dramatic Landscape Photographs – Cloudscapes 2016-2017

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Spring is heating up into Summer. Here are some dramatic cloud formations captured between 2016 and 2017. These cloudscape photographs will be printed as archival inkjet prints and are available in several sizes.

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March for Science in St. Paul Minnesota

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The March for Science in St. Paul Minnesota. Estimates on the attendance range from 10,000 to 50,000. My best guess is at least 30,000. Perfect weather and a wonderful range of creativity and passion to promote the value of science … Continue reading

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8×10 black and white film portraits

Portraits on black and white 8×10 film

It’s 2017 and I’m making large format film portraits with a vintage 8×10 camera that is 100 years old. This camera is the Folmer & Schwing 8×10 Home Portrait Camera No. 1 with a¬†14‚ÄĚ Wollensak Velostigmat Series II lens.

Why pursue photography with this combination? Photographs such as this one are made with a “view camera”, a camera where the photographer composes the image upside down and backwards on a ground glass on the back of the camera. View cameras use film that is typically 4″x5″ or larger, thus called large format. Often, images made with these cameras on large format film have a look that cannot be achieved in any other medium. The tonality has a smooth¬†gradation between tones that feels open compared to smaller film formats. Also, vintage lenses designed for 4×5, 5×7, 8×10 or larger have a timeless character that is hard to replicate with modern photographic equipment.

Part of my artistic vision is to create photographs that are not easily identified with any particular period. Sometimes clothing or hairstyle gives it away, but other times it’s hard to tell whether a photograph is contemporary or made anytime back to 1928.

This portrait of a woman was made on Arista EDU Ultra 100 black and white film and drum processed for 9 minutes in Freestyle’s L110 developer at dilution H 1+62.

 

photograph of a woman

Portrait on large format film made with a vintage camera over 100 years old.

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MSP Airport Protest

Roughly one thousand people gathered at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport to protest against the Trump’s ban on Muslims traveling legally into the United States, and what appears to be government-sanctioned discrimination on the basis of religion. This was one of two events held as demonstrations in the Twin Cities on Sunday.

A protest against the ban on Muslims traveling legally into the United States and discrimination on the basis of religion, at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

Outside and across from Terminal 1 at MSP International Airport

A protest against the ban on Muslims traveling legally into the United States and discrimination on the basis of religion, at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

Families with children came to show their support for refugees.

protestors at the MSP airport

After over an hour protesting outside across from Terminal 1, the protestors peacefully walked inside to the upper area of the terminal and demonstrated for another hour.

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More photographs from the Minnesota Women’s March

A follow up to an earlier post, the Women’s March here in Minnesota was one of more than 600 marches that took place around the globe. Here in St. Paul, it was projected that 10,000 to 20,000 people would gather at St. Paul College and walk to the MN State Capitol. 100,000 people responded, five times the best estimate of the organizers and media. As a photographer, this was a must-attend event. What struck me was the range of people that attended. People of all kinds and every stage of life from babies to great grandmothers were there.

Kids at the Minnesota State Capitol holding signs

Signs and messaging at the Women’s March Minnesota

I found everyone to be extremely friendly, the scale of the event and variety of creative messaging was beyond anything I’ve seen.

Public transportation was said to have been full for miles back from the Capitol. We drove in from the north and parked right near the end of the march route. That turned out to be a pretty good plan.

Here’s a humorous¬†story if you didn’t see it on the first post. As I was trying to get across the street through a thick crowd of people, I saw an opening and started to move my body, only to find that instead of one woman leaving a space, she was holding hands with the next woman behind her. I stopped quickly so that I wouldn’t get in the second woman’s way. She realized that I was trying to get into the path and without missing a step, put out her hand towards me. Without hesitation, I took her gloved hand, and the three of us made our way through the crowd to the median. I found my friends at the median, let go of her hand and thanked her. It was more than amusing to me that strangers would take each other’s hands in a shared vision of togetherness and simply crossing the street.

Although I took about 200 color photos with my digital camera, the one roll of 35mm black and white film with my old Nikon F100 yielded many interesting and successful compositions that I found the most compelling. There’s something about real film for this kind of work.¬†A¬†few more photographs:

Women holding a sign

Signs and messaging at the Women’s March Minnesota

Women holding a sign that says We The People

Women holding a sign at the Women’s March Minnesota

A man holding up a sign

A man with a “We the People” sign

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Women’s March in St. Paul Minnesota

The Women’s March on Saturday, January 21st 2017 marked the largest single-day demonstration in the¬†history of the United States. Originally planned for Washington D.C., over 600 marches took place around the world. Here in Minnesota, it was projected that 10,000 to 20,000 people would attend to¬†march from St. Paul College to the MN State Capitol. To everyone’s amazement, 100,000 people showed up. The opportunity to photograph the largest political action in generations, only 30 minutes from my house, was something I could not pass up.

Women's March St. Paul MN

Women’s March St. Paul, Minnesota

I found everyone to be friendly, full of energy and passion. When I was trying to get across the street through a thick crowd of people, I saw an opening and started to move my body, only to find that instead of one woman leaving a space, she was holding hands with the next woman behind her. I stopped quickly so that I wouldn’t get in the second woman’s way. She realized that I was trying to get into the path and without missing a step, put out her hand towards me. Without hesitation, I took her gloved hand, and the three of us made our way through the crowd to the median. I found my friends at the median, let go of her hand and thanked her. It was more than amusing to me that strangers would take each other’s hands in a shared vision of togetherness and simply crossing the street.

People and signs filled the street

The street is filled with people at the Women’s March Minnesota

 

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Artist of the Month at Dunn Bros. Coffee in Hopkins

Starting November 1st, my photography is featured as the Artist of the Month at the Dunn Bros. Coffee location at 4 Shady Oak Rd, Hopkins, MN 55343. There will be an open house on November 19th from 2-4pm. Stop by for some coffee from fresh-roasted beans, and take a look at some photography. Sounds good to me.

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Presentation at the Mpls Photo Center – Thank You!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Pinhole Photography presentation at the Community Film & Darkroom Night at the Mpls Photo Center on Tuesday April 12. It was a fun group with great questions. Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is coming up on April 24th. I hope to see some of you out there with pinhole cameras!

Pinhole Photography presentation at the Mpls Photo Center

Pinhole Photography presentation at the Mpls Photo Center

 

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Pinhole Photography presentation at the Mpls Photo Center

It’s almost Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!!!
I’m doing a presentation on pinhole photography for Community Film & Darkroom Night at the Mpls Photo Center on Tuesday April 12 2016 at 7PM. If you would like to learn about pinhole, see some photographs, and check out the photo center, that’s the night to do it. We will also have a drawing to give away a 35mm pinhole camera called the Populist. How cool is that?

Here is the page with the information, I hope to see you there.
Thanks,
Scott

www.mplsphotocenter.com/darkrooms/community-darkroom.php

 

world wide pinhole day, 2010 Minnehaha Creek Water Abstract Paris Street liquid ice digital color landscape cowboy and camel reflected in a lizard's eyeIt’s April, that means it’s time to get excited about pinhole photography!

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