A Message to You Lucy

This post is my tribute to the next generation of photographers, hunkered down through endless winter, trying to make sense of this moment in time.

Don’t give up now! This whole mess is temporary. It takes years to build a career. Do something. Use this time to plan, learn and get ready for growth. It will happen. 

Portrait of female college student posing on Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River

My oldest daughter began college at a small liberal arts school, in search of the classic dorm experience. Halfway through freshman year, the pandemic hit and they closed the dorm. All she had to show for her original dream was a tuition bill and a bunch of online classes she never wanted.

This is a kid who was reaching for my camera before she could walk – or talk. She quit that school, and enrolled in a filmmaking program at a technical college.

Female college student shooting video homework for cinema course

On weekends, we cruise around Minnesota in a car full of cameras, looking for socially distant adventure. The photos you see here are from a recent drive we made down the Mississippi River, from Minneapolis to Lake Pepin.

I’m proud to be teaching (and learning from) this generation. Carry on.

View of the Mississippi River valley looking south from Alma, Wisconsin

By David Bowman VIII

I grew up in Chicagoland, studied writing in Madison, trekked across the Australian outback on a camel, and settled down in the Twin Cities after that. One of the first people I met in Minnesota was fashion photographer Richard Avedon. He was giving a talk to students at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and I asked him what advice he might give a struggling artist. Avedon responded, “Start working.” So I did, ultimately shooting portraits for commercial and editorial clients like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Target, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Co, Disney, and Dwell. In time, I earned my MFA, and was named Best Of ASMP by the American Society of Media Photographers.