This is a gallery of miscellaneous shots, including some street photography and rural views. My travel pictures, particularly those of Paris, are in some other galleries on this site. This gallery is not . chosen with any particular objective in mind, although I should perhaps have one, but there are pictures I like, for various reasons.
Karen Lieberenz, 1974
Karen is a lifelong friend of mine. We have known each other since junior high school, and attended Indiana University together in the 70s.
ii - Paris, 2015
In December of 2015 I took my second trip to Paris. My first was in 2000, and was only a weekend hop from Germany where I was working with a client. This visit had a tremendous impact on me. What they say about Paris is all true, its beauty, its atmosphere, and its people -- scratch that. What a lot of people say about the French, that they are snooty and abrupt with foreigners, is not true. I found most of the French in Paris to be warm, helpful and a joy to be around.
Anytime is great for a trip to this city, but December is kind of special because the city, particularly, the Champs Elysée, is decked out for Christmas. It's not too cold, although it can be a bit rainy, so the weather is conducive to walking, which is generally the best way to see the city. Bring good shoes and take your time.
Walking is probably the best way to see Paris in-depth, but for a quick overview, the hop-on-hop-off bus tours are perfect for first-time visitors. One gets a sense of the size of the city, locations and a bit of history through the little earbuds that come with the ticket. For photographs, you really must sit up top in the open air, and that's where this photo of the Eiffel Tower peeking up above the buildings was taken.
iii - Paris 2016
These are pictures from my third visit to Paris, in December 2016. My viewpoint was different this time. My first visit was in 2002 and was just a weekend hop-over from Schwelm, Germany, where I was working at the time. My second visit really gave me a chance to drink in the city by foot, and my pictures reflect this. This trip, I was more familiar with the city and its layout, and I think my sense of what Paris is about changed a little. Not sure this is clear, but as I add photos to this collection, maybe my feelings about Paris on this visit will become so.
iii - montmartre doorway
In December 2015 I shot a series of photographs through a café doorway that opened onto Rue de Steinkerque, one of the streets that goes uphill to the Basilica. It was warm for December, but the street was uncrowded. The existing foot traffic up and down the hill created an interesting dynamic.
iv - chicago
My son lives in Chicago so I get up there often, and we do some photo walks occasionally. I find these walks to be very relaxing, and they give me a unique perspective on this ever-changing city.
Clark and Division, Chicago, Illinois
Hard to say why I like this picture. It's so normal in Chicago, but perhaps it's the relative lack of people that makes it interesting. Two people crossing the same street, worlds apart.
The Second City and Dave
In 2016 I took a year of comedy writing classes at The Second City in Chicago. I loved it. This was something I never really knew was possible until my son's fiancée suggested I might like to take some classes there. She was in the improv program; I chose writing. Wonderful experience for a guy like me to meet and work with some young smart folks.
Dylan Dufour, Chicago 2017
Photo walk with my son on a cold Sunday.
Inside The Second City
The Second City trades a lot on the famous folks who have been a part of its mainstage casts and student body. This panoramic presentation of famous faces is in the second floor lounge area, and it can be seen from the North Avenue side of the building.
Bridge on Clark Street, Chicago
Chicago Music Maker
Buskers are everywhere in Chicago, as they are in most major cities. Caught this guy out the car window.
vi - theatre
For nearly 40 years, I have had a relationship with theatre, and specifically one theatre - Elkhart Civic Theatre - in the 120-year-old Bristol Opera House. I've taken a lot of pictures over the years in this building, as well as in other theatres when our group has travelled. These pictures are generally more personal than artistic, but I hope they are of interest.
Jeff Barrick and backdrop
Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter and has done a number of wonderful backdrops. Here he is working on a front olio for our production of Zombie Prom in 2015.
vii - indiana
Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me lius quod ii legunt saepius. Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur mutationem consuetudium lectorum.
Mirum est notare quam littera gothica, quam nunc putamus parum claram, anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decima. Eodem modo typi, qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum.
viii - minneapolis 2017
These are images from a street photography workshop in Minneapolis in May of 2017. The teacher was Valerie Jardin.
These two young people seemed to greet us at one of the entrances. Despite the bizarre makeup, body piercings and tattoos, they were fairly friendly. Valerie Jardin asked them to pose for the class. After several poses facing the camera, I positioned them forehead to forehead, and asked the girl to push his hair back in a kind of caress. This result is slightly different than what I had in mind, it worked well anyway. Not a look I would like to see any of my children adopt, but in this context, it has an off-beat beauty of its own.
I had tried to get a decent picture of this interesting looking lady in the entry way of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, but didn't get anything particularly good. Then as I was sitting on a bench in the main lobby, she sat down next to me, along with what appeared to be her daughter. Of several shots, I think this is the strongest.
Playing in the circle
There's a rotunda in the Mia that has a dome three floors up where an animation of rolling rocks (asteroids?) moves constantly. This little girl and her baby sibling were moving in and out of the carpeted circle on the ground floor. She is obviously interested in the images in the dome. And in rolling around while her brother weaved in and out of the frame.
Farmer's Market Vendor (pottery)
This man was not particularly interested in chit-chat until I actually bought one of his pieces (a coffee cup, of course), and then he got real friendly.
Minnesota art gallery buckaroo
A slightly out of place hat in the art institute.
Little girl playing in the rain
Waiting for a parent to bring the car around while another parent watched them were several kids just outside the main door of Mia. This little girl stopped playing to look at the man with the camera for just this moment.
This was an accidental capture of a girl working in one of the shops in the artsy district of Minneapolis during a major arts event. I discovered that people don't really question a guy taking photographs too much in situations like these, especially when there's the likelihood that press and PR people may be about.