July 21, 2013, Minneapolis, MN- On the morning after the Minneapolis Aquatennial, I found myself sorting through photos I had no intention of taking. I find whenever I am out without my camera others have theirs, and are taking the best pictures. My envy brought me to the conclusion; always have your camera on you. As Daniel says, “You cannot take a photo with your camera in your bag.” And I mostly paraphrase this statement, but the gist is that you must obey the 5 P’s if you want to be a Capture Artist.
I woke the day before and decided to take a bike ride. I typically cross on the 3rd Ave Bridge (Central) coming from SE to Downtown, on this beautiful day I was unable to pass through my regular route as there were signs stating, “Road Closed”, yellow crime scene tape across, even the sidewalks had been blockaded. I thought to myself, not another bridge in the Twin Cities, too soon. I biked on and forgot about it, but the first thing I thought was-I wish I had my camera. I biked over to the Hennepin Ave. Bridge and watched the 3rd Ave. Bridge closely, longingly, worried, as I biked into Downtown Minneapolis, and to South.
Later that day, on the trip back I found myself happily biking towards the road blocked bridge again. I thought, this time I would take the Stone Arch Bridge home, and I would catch a glimpse of the outside life that Minneapolis, rather Minnesota, had to offer. But before I reached the Stone Arch, I decided to ask what all the fuss about the bridge being closed was. I mean, the bridge was still standing, and looked in working order. I biked up to a man sitting in a chair-he was speaking with a man driving a jeep. I said, “What’s with the bridge being closed?” The man in the chair looked at me serious as could be and said, “There are explosives on the bridge… live explosives… fireworks for tonight…” At that moment I saw all the chairs below, set up in guarding prime spot territory situation. I biked down to the Stone Arch and witnessed the spectators; more cameras than people it seemed. Everyone was a photojournalist apparent today. I biked past, rode to my girlfriend’s apartment, and then left for work. At work I decided to go to a movie (The Conjuring, which was pretty similar to is counterpart, Insidious, but far less scary). After I left, but not before I drank two 22 oz. Crispin Ciders, I decided to bring my camera for after the horror flick. I did, and this is what I found.
A small caveat: You can also get similar photos from City Pages, VitaMn, and other local news sources probably next week sometime, they tend to be a bit behind. Here is an exclusive photo blog entry, by me: Terry Scott Niebeling. Enjoy.