Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Ahhhh! Slightly out of focus because it was too dark. I need to get home sooner for my Armatage 365 photo days!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
While on my walk of the streets and alleys of Armatage, I noticed a way into an outdoor couryard at Armatage School. They are in the middle of what seems to be a prairie restoration project and a community garden. I also found an Armatage time capsule!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Scott and I took a walk around Armatage so that I could take a photo for Armatage 365. I wrote about it in a blog post called The Streets & Alleys of Armatage.
We ended up at the bar at Pizzeria Lola, one of my favorite places to be in the city.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Todd is one of the Armatage 365 photographers. He showed up to our first gathering, a Happy Hour at Cafe Maude, sporting the Armatage logo t-shirt. He and I became fast friends. If you see him walking or driving around the neighborhood, say hello, and it's guaranteed you will be glad you can call him a neighbor.
I consider myself lucky to be part of such a great group of neighbors; excited to be a part of a collective art project in which we tell a story about our slice of the city of Minneapolis. We hope you enjoy seeing the story unfold.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I met Cathy at Capella University and she was always one of my favorite people to run into in the hallway. Here's the lesson part of this story- always ask people to coffee when you think they're cool! Cathy no longer works at Capella and so our spontaneous hellos are no more. Lucky for me we were connected on Facebook and when she recently mentioned she wanted to visit her friend, Rachel, the manager at Pizzeria Lola, I jumped at the chance to join her. Pizzeria Lola was the Day 42 photo so I've already established it is in my 'hood!
Before we were seated at a table, we enjoyed a beer at the bar. Deschuttes Black Butte Porter for me and Fulton Lonely Blond for Cathy. When we were seated and it was time to order, it was a tough choice to pick a pie since I fell hard for both the Xerxes and The Boise on previous visits, it was hard to imagine I'd love another. Turns out I'm a promiscuous pizza lover! I went with Sweet Italian, and boy was it tasty! After we had our leftover pizza boxed up, Rachel sent over a complimentary House-made vanilla soft serve ice cream with extra-virgin olive oil & fleur de sel. Wow. wow. wow. So delicious. Thanks Rachel!
Before leaving, I was able to say a quick hello to the owner, Ann and snap her photo with Rachel. What a great evening. It was so great to hang out with Cathy and simultaneously catch up and get to know her better. She rocks and I can't wait to see where her job search takes her!
I had the great pleasure of walking around Armatage with Lisa and her daughters, Iris (left) and Veronica (right). During our tour, we spent most of our time at Armatage Park. They showed me their favorite pieces of playground equipment and their mad skills at climbing and swinging. I've not experienced my neighborhood through the eyes of a child before today. Wow, what a great perk it is to have such a fantastic park, located in the middle of the neighborhood, between 54th and 58th Streets along Penn Avenue South.
Check out the other Armatage photos at: http://www.armatage365.org/
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This photo 365 project came to be, in large part, because of my friendship with Erin, who influenced my decision to purchase a Canon Rebel. We have formed a photo walking group and both hobbyists and professional photographers have joined us. One such photographer is Kate, a friend of Erin's. Kate is a fantastic photographer and was so kind to let me practice taking portraits of her at our recent photo walk at Mill City Ruins. Being shy, taking photos of people is one of my greatest challenges. Also, I realized yesterday that I haven't really had the opportunity to take photos in the bright sunlight because since getting my camera in November, the skies have mostly been overcast. Kate gave me a quick tutorial in choosing an outdoor location where the light is coming in from three directions but is not causing your subject to squint and the sun is not casting shadows over their face. I am probably not summarizing this adequately but that is what I remember. What Kate gave me the most is the confidence that most photographers, no matter their skill level, are willing to share their knowledge and experience and likely get a bit out of the teaching moment themselves. So, I will continue asking questions, and more importantly practicing. So, who wants to model for me?
You can see the photos I took at the Mill City Ruins, as well as photos from our other photo walk, here.
I was chosen to be one of the photographers for my neighborhood's photo project, Armatage365. Today was my first day! I will be responsible for Wednesdays and my photos will be posted on Thursdays at www.armatage365.org.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I live across the street from ball diamonds and the sound of the bat hitting a ball is music to my ears after a long, dark winter. I hope to improve my action shots this spring and summer by frequenting the practices and games.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
On the way home from the bus stop, I saw the first sidewalk chalk drawing of the year. A true sign that spring is here. As I was capturing this masterpiece, three girls came running out of the house, exclaiming, "We did that. We did that!" I told them it made my day to see their art and asked if they would get permission from their mom to take their photo. She said yes, and I gave her one of my new business cards so she could contact me for copies of the photos!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family