The creative process isn’t always tidy. My office certainly isn’t. Nor is my handwriting. I’ll often vision about project ideas and future plans on a scrap of paper. I’ll tape rough notes to my office wall and see how they hold up over time. Some of them never happen. Others could not be stopped if you tried. As I struggled through packing up 20 years … Continue reading Visioning

Letting go

We’ve set some big wheels in motion. And now it’s our job to run fast enough to keep up with them. We expect to have the house on the market by the end of the month. Lord help us. Like a lot of people, we’ve been using COVID time to make some home improvements and catch up on overdue upgrades. But now we are ramping … Continue reading Letting go

All in

We’ve been toying with this idea for more than a year now. A Peace of My Mind’s work is out there. On the road. Everywhere. In 2019 we led programming in 20 states and on four continents. It’s good work. Mission-driven work. And more necessary every day. But every good thing has a cost. Last year Karen and I were apart for 170 nights. That’s … Continue reading All in

Tech Talk

I don’t often talk about gear and technique as I tend to be more interested in soul and story. But I’ve had several people ask about the logistics of our George Floyd portrait series from 38th and Chicago, so I thought I’d make a behind the scenes post to share a little bit about my process. These images have high production value, like a studio … Continue reading Tech Talk

Intent vs. perception

A few years back, I helped organize some interfaith programming at Holden Village and friends from Hamline University’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice joined us for a week of learning and fellowship in the mountains. I’d been to Holden several times previously and had been in the village already for a week when the Hamline folks arrived, so I gladly took on … Continue reading Intent vs. perception

Remote portraits

I was pretty sure it wasn’t possible. My client asked me if I could do a series of remote portraits for him and I asked, “What’s that?” Well, hang on…let me back up a little bit. I was supposed to travel to D.C. this spring to produce a series of portraits and stories for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network. They were spearheading an effort … Continue reading Remote portraits