Ending the year with a hint of Brit, as it began – and picking up on an ongoing 2014 theme – a trick of the eye warps proportions of the photographer and the TARDIS, here seen as a Little Free Library on 46th Street, near 45th Avenue. (For those not in the know, the TARDIS is the time and space traveling machine “bigger on the inside” used by the Doctor in the British SF series “Dr. Who” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0).
Longfellow 365 was a pretty wild ride, with an amazing number of opportunities to discover hidden gems and even right wrongs. Participation took a long time, and was gone in the blink of an eye. At times, I warped my schedule to accommodate, and it was worth every bit of that.
Photography, while inherently a solitary pursuit, is an excellent vehicle for building and maintaining community, and showing that community to the viewer. And it is always – ALWAYS – a race to discover the patterns and pathways, the sense of place, of a particular location and to freeze its moments in perpetuity.
Happy New Year to all!
Photo: Jane Strauss
The Longfellow365 Community Photography Project has been a great opportunity for me. It was fun to discover and help promote our little slice of the city of Minneapolis through the lens of a camera and to help preserve some of our experiences and stories through pictures.
We are blessed with some of the most amazing jewels in our state. From our National Park System and Minneapolis Park System, to the Midtown Greenway and Mississippi River. We are boardered by one of the largest migratory paths of birds that live or pass through our 10,000 year old river gorge, and neighborhood.
Most of all I wish to thank our residents, visitors and businesses who allowed us to enter their space for a moment, which helped document a snapshot of time and place. Together we preserved what we are thinking, feeling, doing, and even demonstrates our values, creativity, passions, or humor and historical moments. It has been an honor to have been part of the larger team of photographers. Thank you.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
Aaron Siskind, American photographer
Location: Hiawatha School and Park
Photo: Katie Simon-Dastych, and assisted by Jerry Dastych
It’s been at times a struggle to carve out enough time on a weekly basis for this project, but I’ve really enjoyed seeing what each photographer captured and where each person’s interests took them. My favorite location is a spot along the Mississippi River where I did a shot every week to capture a panorama of the same vista.
Photo: David Owen
I pose with my pup, Theo, before another run together along the river. I joined the Longfellow Community Council as a board member in 2013 with the goal of starting Longfellow365 on January 1 of this year. I’m so glad the project was funded for another year and will involve another round of 7 unique photographers. This is such a fun project to be involved in and I’m glad to have met so many wonderful neighbors and photographers. Stay tuned for more!
Photo: Guthrie Byard
To me Longfellow is the people and community (and of course the beautiful trails and parks). I’ve had fun getting to know more people in my community and have interesting conversations with people in the neighborhood.
It was exciting to give a shout out to small business owners and learn about more community events in the area. I’ve learned the importance of always carrying my camera with me on my day because you never know when you will see your shot. It has been fun and memorable to be apart of this first year and see the awareness of the project and support grow and grow.
Photo: Stacy Quast
Videos, the latest novels, computers and friendly people. The East Lake Library is a great place to visit. http://www.hclib.org
Photo: Robert Ball