Every Star on FIRST AVENUE

To make this photo, I shot the club early in the morning on a ‘snow emergency’ day in March of 2019, when no cars blocked the view. Then I stitched 60 individual photographs—from both 7th Street and First Avenue—into a single, flattened composition. There are more than 425 silver stars—and one gold one—on the building’s facade. Happy 50th birthday First Ave!

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Video of original captures used to make final artwork
At the MN State Fair
Above the couch…

Deportation Court

The Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building is a brutalist structure rising up from the edge of an air force base one the edge of Minneapolis. The place is completely off-limits.

Immigration Court, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, Bloomington, Minnesota

The last time I pulled out a camera in that neighborhood, I was surrounded by armed soldiers responding to a 911 call from a passing motorist, reporting the suspicious behavior of a man with a camera.

Even though I was just doing my job, I had to be super careful to make this photo without being arrested, harassed, or worse.

Photo and news story published here and here.