As I recover from the holiday season, I want to review some of the highlights of 2013, mostly for my own record. In January was the opening of the first of three group shows I was in at Mpls Photo Center with the following photo from Paris:
The second group show was with this photo from Denmark:
The third group show was with this photo from Minneapolis:
In February I went to New York for the first time in more than 6 years to attend a workshop with David Alan Harvey at his loft in Brooklyn. It kicked my ass in the best possible way and over the course of the weekend I got to meet Michael Christopher Brown, Bruce Gilden and James Nachtwey. Unbelievable.
On the Friday before the workshop, I went to Katz's Deli to deliver a photo I took in 2007. It was wonderful. The managers thanked me a made me sit down for a free meal.
The summer was busy as always, but I managed to go to the Minnesota State Fair for nearly 6 full days with my camera. I'm still working through the archives, but have been posting some of the photos here and on Tumblr. It felt good to go out shooting within reach of my home. Too often I wait for travel to inspire me to take out my camera.
In September I went back to New York again to hang out with one of my best friends for a few days. It was wonderful to walk for hours and hours with my camera. I have a lot of images to go through, but have posted some here and again on Tumblr.
In October I got a chance to visit Los Angeles to shoot some backstage photos at fashion week and worked in a couple of headshot sessions while I was there. I didn't anticipate liking L.A. so much, but am in love. So much so that I'm heading back next week to do more headshots and should also have time for some personal work.
Perhaps the thing I'm most proud of this year is putting together a screening of the Saul Leiter documentary, In No Great Hurry at a local theater, selling over 70 tickets in advance. If you're not familiar with his work, do yourself a favor and find a copy of Early Color. Rest in peace, Saul.
I rarely talk about myself as a headshot photographer, but it is something that I love. The opportunity to collaborate with someone who is as motivated as I am to get a good photo is wonderful. It takes me out of my usual solitary way of working and allows me to meet some amazing people. This year I started doing headshots for one of the top talent agencies in Minneapolis. I'm very grateful for that and hope it continues for a long time.
Looking ahead to 2014 there are a lot of unknowns, but it's all exciting. I have a lot more travel planned as I expand my headshot photography business to Los Angeles and visit New York more often for personal work. There's also the daunting task of reworking my portfolio and rethinking how I present myself as a photographer, but that's for another post.
Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!