My first Rodeo! And it was a Gay Rodeo! How freaking awesome was that? When I got home I had to watch Brokeback Mountain while drinking a cold brew and shell peanuts while my dogs were asleep at my feet. Ah the memories of growing up in the South! The smell of horses, feed, the land and the sea of pickups made me feel right at home. I enjoyed good food and drinks in between snapping photos with fellow photographer Jacqueline Kollander. Here is a selection I wanted to share from that day (in Black and White). More can be seen at the Twin Cities Gay Scene. Additional photos will be released at a later date through the NorthStar Gay Rodeo Association.
It has been a lovely Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis, MN this weekend! I met up with a couple of friends, Curt and Kelly, for brunch at the Red Stag Supper Club. And then we headed out to Loring Park to visit the many different booths representing financial services, pets, adult boutiques, art, weddings, travel, spiritual, political and health services. Twin Cities Firefighters Operation Warm is heating things up with their 2017 Calendar; proceeds raised provides American made, winter coats to local kids in need. Special musical guests included the Pointer Sisters on Saturday evening! There is a lot more still to do! And don't forget the delicious eats!
If you see yourself in one of these photos and would like a copy, just let me know.
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the MN AIDS Project: Art of Change event at Le Méridien Chambers, Minneapolis. MN. The Art of Change replaced the MN AIDS Project Walk (MAP) this year due to an office move which took a huge amount of time and effort. But through it all, the fantastic folks at MAP planned and flawlessly set out to connect us this year through a multimedia journey of the Minnesota AIDS Project, the history of the walk and life with HIV. Artwork from Nigel Lee Grigsby, a first screening documentary of the Art of Change, as well as a memorial book about the AIDS walk were made available to guests. Proceeds from the event support the fantastic work the people at the MN AIDS Project accomplish daily for our community. B&W version are available below. If you see a photo you are in, please e-mail and I'm happy to send you both B&W and Color copies. Color images are provided direct to the MN AIDS Project.