As part of our residency program, each citizen-artist-in-residence (CAIR) is asked to submit a reflection on their week-long experience in Houston Co. These are their stories.
"SKIPPING STONES IN THE DRIFTLESS"
Duluth, MN >> SEPT 2019
Place-based Artist & Community Storyteller
(Pictured: Choice, Minnesota)
My makeshift portrait studio on the side of the road in Houston County. I spent most of my residency making roadside portraits for folks, setting up in a different county gathering place each day. I hooked my printer up to a deep-cycle marine battery and made prints on the spot for subjects to take home. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn’t; but, the emphasis was on the conversations and serendipitous encounters that start to happen when word gets out that an itinerant photographer is printing portraits in the ditch.
Above: Mike "Lucky" Volkenant's dolls at L J's Laundromat & Playhouse, Spring Grove, Minnesota. “Gotta do something with that high ceiling.”
Above: Rushford Foods, Rushford, Minnesota’s grocery store deli, with portraits of Miss Rushford from over the years.