Two-months-ago-gram: Dickinson’s downtown art scene

I took these photos almost two months ago for a story on a group of artists’ efforts to beautify downtown Dickinson, a lovely few blocks of brick buildings and independent shops that unfortunately have gone without a sprucing up for many decades.

 

This patch of land

I photographed the 21st annual Taylor Horse Fest Saturday (it’s exactly what it sounds like) and had to appreciate how completely North Dakotan it is to “honor the animal that played such a major part” in the roughly 200-person town’s heritage.

A journalist I respect very much gave me some interesting advice last week: “…keep note of what makes this patch of land different from the rest of the USA.” I’m making it my goal to remember this throughout the rest of my time here.

Hassan Alsarawi

For a photo assignment in a digital techniques class, I spent time with Saudi Arabia native Hassan Alsarawi, who came to Chicago in summer 2012 to finish his medical studies.  Hassan and I had met at an ESL Meetup group several months before.  Like a true Saudi, he was incredibly generous with his time and friendship and more than game for a photoshoot at his Gold Coast apartment.