1972: Knott's Berry Farm
1972: Knott's Berry Farm

Don't laugh. This is from the first surviving roll of film that I exposed. There was a class field trip to Knott's Berry Farm in California - this was from April of 1972. I think I might have been trying to be creative and shooting the train with this log in the foreground and providing some depth. Or something ... I was ten years old.

The most amazing thing about this photograph is that I've managed to hold onto the negative since 1972.
 

Kodak Instamatic camera on color film cartridge.

1976: Class Assignment
1976: Class Assignment

My first formal still life photograph for class in high school (St. Louis Park, MN).  I was about 16. I developed and printed the photograph. After almost 40 years it seems to be holding up well. I scanned this in 2015.

Canon AE-1 on B&W film.

1976: Resort Motorcars
1976: Resort Motorcars

My brother and our family friend gave me a pose too good to pass up while on vacation in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Canon AE-1 on color film.

1977: "Sioux" River Ferry
1977: "Sioux" River Ferry

Abandoned "Sioux" automobile ferry that took cars across the Missouri near Washburn, North Dakota.

Canon AE-1 on B&W film.

1977: North Dakota Thunderstorm
1977: North Dakota Thunderstorm

I made this photograph as a time exposure - perhaps one of my first. You can see the Missouri River illuminated from the lightning. My vantage point was the upstairs in my maternal grandparent's home in Washburn, and the view is towards Bismarck. The Lewis and Clark expedition floated past here on their journey westward after they left Fort Mandan a few miles east of here over 170 years earlier.

Canon AE-1 on B&W film.

1977: Tetons
1977: Tetons

The Teton mountain range reflected in Jackson Lake. This is among the most picturesque locations I know of.

Canon AE-1 on color film.

1978: Portrait of a Friend
1978: Portrait of a Friend

To this day this portrait of a family friend remains one of my favorite photographs. I was still a novice with the camera, but a combination of natural light, a natural pose, and natural beauty, all came together.

I found this negative in a batch of old negatives in early 2016 and scanned it in with an Epson V600 scanner, then post-processed it in Adobe Lightroom. 

Canon AE-1 on B&W film.

1978: BWCA
1978: BWCA

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the Minnesota Canada border. My friend Steve paddles out into the sunset.

Canone AE-1 on Kodachrome.

1978: Sunset
1978: Sunset

I set the timer on my camera and got into the photograph. Sunset in the BWCA.

Canon AE-1 on Kodachrome.

1978: The Red Rocker
1978: The Red Rocker

I had a side job as a photographer for a Twin Cities-wide student newspaper in my senior year of high school. That gave me free concert tickets and the opportunity to photograph some of the top rock and roll shows of the time. Here's Sammy Hagar.

Canon AE-1 on B&W film.

1978: Neil Young
1978: Neil Young

Heart of Gold - Neil Young, (Rust Never Sleeps tour).

Canon AE-1 on B&W film.

1978: Brad Delp
1978: Brad Delp

Boston vocalist Brad Delp.

Canon AE-1 on B&W film

1979: Renaissance Horse Race
1979: Renaissance Horse Race

Taken at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee.

Canon AE-1 on color film.

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