Train Invitational - smallWatch this space...


We are working on a fun and new project for early 2016. 

It involves creative photography, trains, Acrylic Prints and the will of the public.

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1st_cutting-smFirst cutting

Here in the upper Midwest, July 1st represents several milestones. 

The first hay cutting of the year has taken place.  This will be the largest cut for the year.

Summer usually has completely arrived and you have had at least one picnic break.

And you either have a sense of accomplishment or are challenged by unfinished projects.

For a small business it is an opportunity to reflect on the year so far and the balance of the year to come.

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0 Comments | Posted 6/28/13 6:34 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Business

nyes-smNye's Polonaise Room

The outside of the bar and restaurant is in need of a makeover and the daylight of a damp day is not very flattering.  The security camera doesn't help either.

But go inside Nye's Polonaise Room and revel in the perfectly preserved interior.  You won't be disappointed.

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Inside the Basilica of St. Mary

The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis is an icon on the skyline.

And when you are given the opportunity to go to the extreme top of the copper roof for a photo opportunity, you should probably go.

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0 Comments | Posted 3/27/13 6:08 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Fine art photography


Creative placemaking in Iowa

"Pinwheel Square" - Mr. & Mr.s Dwight Colliver, Kalona, IA

Who doesn't love windshield time?

On a recent trip through Iowa, it was impossible not to notice the barn quilts.

Barn quilts are these beautiful and creative painted squares placed on the side of a barn that faces the most road traffic.  It is representative of a single quilt block that might be found in a fabric quilt.

They are typically 8'x8' (two pieces of 4'x8' plywood) and usually large geometric patterns.

Barn quilts are a wonderful example of creative placemaking.

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The Starlite 14 Drive-In

Part 3 of 3...

The Starlite 14 Drive-in is located in Richland Center, Wisconsin on the north side Wisconsin State Highway 14.

The Starlite is an authentic, old school drive-in theater that opened in the 1950's (anybody know exactly?) and can accommodate 500 cars.

It is scheduled to open this coming April 27, 2012 with no announcement yet what the season premiere movie will be.

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0 Comments | Posted 3/20/12 11:53 AM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Travel photography


The Vali-Hi Drive-In

Part 2 of 3...

The Vali-Hi Drive-in is located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota on the north side of Interstate 94.

There really isn't very much remarkable about this theater outside of the amazing traffic visibility right off of a busy freeway.

What protects this theater is actually the freeway and the poorly developed urban sprawl in the immediate community. It is simply a difficult location to get to (easy to see, hard to get to).

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0 Comments | Posted 3/19/12 1:16 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Travel photography


The Cottage View Drive-In

Part 1 of 3...

Drive-in movie theaters are in serious decline. 

At their peak, there were more than 4,500 drive-in theaters operating in the United States.  At the end of 2011, there were 370 drive-in theaters remaining in the United States. 

This entry is the first of three parts that documents three drive-in theaters before they are gone forever.

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0 Comments | Posted 3/17/12 3:10 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Travel photography


A cheap room and a full tank of gas...

The only way to be spontaneous is to be spontaneous.

Road trip photography has to be one of the most fun and creative genres of photography.  It creates lasting memories and new experiences.

One of the best parts of this type of photography is that the preparation is simple and most of the shots will come to you.

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0 Comments | Posted 2/16/12 6:07 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Travel photography


Red Wing from the air

Red Wing is just as photogenic from the air as it is from the ground.

Photographs hardly do the 'Red Wing from the Air' experience justice, but here are a few tips if you have the opportunity to do some aerial photography.

A few simple tips can make your aerial photography experience a satisfying adventure.

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0 Comments | Posted 12/17/11 12:18 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local