Filmed by Bike

I’m humbled that my movie ‘Riding with Mike‘ is an Official Selection at the the 17th Annual Filmed by Bike, a film festival featuring the world’s best bike movies. Filmmakers from around the globe will flock to Portland this May 17-19 for the bike rides, dance parties, Q+A sessions, workshops and awards ceremonies. This year’s festival features […]

Tool Story

These are a few of my favorites: This military grade lens was made for shooting 4×5 film from airplanes on recon missions during World War II. It has thorium mixed into its elements, and is radioactive. I discovered this twin lens camera in a consignment shop out west. It was 1993, and I was living […]

Today’s Paper

Today: David Bowman, a Minneapolis-based photographer. Among his eclectic portfolio is work reflecting his strong attachment to the outdoors — particularly Minnesota’s North Shore. Bowman’s work has been featured across major publications. He also recently completed a project documenting a bike messenger in bustling Chicago — Mike, 50, one of Bowman’s childhood friends. Reading Used books are my favorite […]

The Deluded City

Back in 2017, Der Spiegel sent reporter Claas Relotius to Fergus Falls to write about Trump supporters in small town America. He was there for 38 days, and his story “Where They Pray for Trump on Sundays“ was eventually published in Europe. Unfortunately for him, however, a couple of savvy locals used Google to translate the article from […]

Against Sexual Misconduct

I recently photographed University of Minnesota students for the “It Ends Here” sexual assault prevention and awareness campaign that focused on bystander intervention techniques. It was important that I create photographs that felt honest and real. This project also held personal significance, as my wife is a graduate of U of M and my daughter, who […]

North of North, part 2

I never thought much about shooting in the Boundary Waters, a wilderness canoe area in northern Minnesota. Frankly, it always seemed like the OPPOSITE of the kind of place I’d like to explore. There’s no roads in the Boundary Waters; you have to travel by boat, and you need to camp out every night. Meaning […]

North of North

O Brother, Where Art Thou? My brother and I shared a bedroom in Chicagoland until he turned 18. I listened to his records, accidentally broke his stuff, and watched him climb out our 3rd floor window late at night, listening to his stories when he returned. After he left for college, my high school teachers […]

Shadow Selfie

Surprised and excited to walk into the doctor’s office and finally see the 12-page hiking story that I shot last Fall… especially the full-page opener, which is my own shadow, impersonating the shape of a hiker. It wasn’t easy hiding the camera — or shooting with my left hand, as the other hikers looked on […]

A Pirate Turns 50

Sundays in 8th grade were pretty boring. Especially in winter. Our favorite indoor spots were closed, and it was too snowy and cold to do much outside except maybe walk around and smoke. One Sunday in January Mike had an idea. His dad worked at an ad agency; They’d been given a bunch of outdoor […]

Mr. Imagination

1991. Clark & Belmont, Chicago. The first thing I did after finishing college in Madison was hop on a plane for Ireland. My flight left from O’Hare, so I arrived in Chicago a few days early and crashed with former dorm mates at their North Side flat. We went out to a bar across the street, […]

First Selfie

1986: LaGrange, Illinois My first selfie, shot in my room for a self-portrait assignment, due the next day. I had already broken my dad’s camera. This one was a loaner from my high school photography teacher, Nan Garside. I didn’t have a tripod, so I set the camera on the edge of my desk, which added […]