Talking about Downtown Fargo with the kilbourne Group

March 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Here is a video that my 10 yr client: Kilbourne Group out of Fargo, ND.
They asked if I could do a sit down interview and share my thoughts on Downtown Fargo.
I was grateful for this chance to be in front of the camera instead of behind it and to share some of my Downtown Fargo Architecture work.

Dan Francis Q&A | Kilbourne Group from Spotlight on Vimeo.


 


Imaging USA 2022

February 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment


Last weekend I made my way to Washington DC for the ImagingUSA conference through PPA. After some airplane troubles I got to the hotel.
Saturday morning I spoke to a group of people about the art and business of Architecture photography. Three hour talk went by like an hour, I think there was a lot of good information shared with the class.
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After the presentation I was able to visit parts of DC with the family. And on Monday was able to attend the award ceremony for PPA where I was awarded the Image Excellence award which means that since I started to compete with my images I've been able to reach 13 Image excellence (previously called "loans")

It was a level that I was excited to achieve after getting a GIA finalist nomination, World Cup finalist. (still on my list to get top choice for both)
After that presentation, the GIA's were up. in previous years it would be top 3 for each category; however this year they changed it so it would only be one winner for all the categories. The winner was in the portrait category.
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Thanks to PPA for keeping ImagingUSA going throughout this crazy time of the year.


Speaking at ImagingUSA in Washington DC

January 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

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This week I'll be speaking for 3hrs about my favorite photography subject: Architecture photography!
This will be a Precon class and the people walking in the doors have selected this class to learn more about the Art and Business of Architecture Photography. 

This will be great as I know everybody that is there, is first... Interested in what I have to talk about which makes it easier to know that their eyes and ears will be open to know more about this great craft.

Speaking at ImagingUSA is a huge deal, as previous years there has been around 10,000 photographers coming together to learn; while this year will most likely be a bit less; it's still going to be a great event. I'll also be up for a GIA (Grand Image Award) for one of my Minneapolis Architecture images and I will also be walking across the stage for my Image Excellence award which is a 11 year accomplishment. 
Stay tuned for next week when I show off those awards.


From Groundbreaking to Cloudbreaking of Block 9

November 16, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Here's a short video that shows some of my images that I've created of the Block 9 project here in Downtown Fargo. The ground breaking was around fall of 2018 and here we are in 2020 and the building will soon be open to the public for skating out front and businesses inside. congrats to those that had a hand in creating this from a parking lot to an 18 multi-use building for Downtown Fargo.

Groundbreaking to Cloudbreaking: Block 9A few of my images that I've created of the Block 9 building in Downtown Fargo, ND


1958 Midcentury Prarie Style home built by granddaughter to famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

June 23, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Front exterior of the Stern home. (National Register of Historic Places)Dan Francis Photography
I tend to do a few personal projects from time to time: no clients, no time limit. Just an idea that I get and my own passion to follow through on the project – and it has been that way ever since my Fargo: Past/Present series.

I went through my projects that I’ve created over the last 11 years. Most of them involved people and their stories, so I thought I’d do a personal project that is closer to home, so to speak, that involves something I do everyday: Architecture Photography. But this project was special. I hope my images can draw more attention to what can happen in the future.

Prariestyle look is a style that really stands out to this day.Dan Francis Fargo

Last year, I was leaving an architecture event hosted by the Plains Art Museum and I drove past a home. I had not driven this way before, so while I drove down the street, I slowed down my car to get a better look. (According to the homeowners, this happens frequently!) Interest, right? Once you see it, it just has the power to draw you in.
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I later realized it was a historical home on the National Register because the home’s architect was a 3rd generation architect named Elizabeth Wright Ingraham – or, the granddaughter of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd wright, daughter to another famous architect John Wright. You may known him better as the creator of Lincoln Logs. The home was built in 1958; Frank Lloyd Wright passed away in 1959, making this one of the last projects he saw finished. I love discovering the rich history of my projects; just like the Fargo series.

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The house is under threat for being torn down due to the Fargo Flood wall project. This time next year, the home may no longer be here. What a shame and loss for Fargo as we watch another historical structure being torn down. John, the homeowner, would love to see it saved for Fargo’s future. While I was shooting, John mentioned the potential for NDSU architect students can study the house to further their education and knowledge or even to serve as a muse for artists like myself. After living there for 36 years, this isn’t just a house to him; it’s a home.

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Notes about Elizabeth:

-She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.

-She was a draftswomen for the United State Navy in World War II.

-She decided to pursue a career in architecture at age 14.

-She passed away, just like Frank Lloyd Wright, at the age of 91.

https://www.kvrr.com/2017/01/04/fargo-homeowner-fights-to-save-his-historic-home/

A word from the homeowner John Stern: 

"Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Mid-Century Modern house in South Fargo was designed by the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect.  It is the only remaining home in Fargo Moorhead of the three she and her husband designed.  It has many of the characteristics of a Wright design: flat roofs, clerestory windows, horizontal lines, built-in cabinetry, natural materials, connection with the outside.  Living in the home is like living in a work of art that changes with the seasons and the time of day.  Unfortunately, it is on a buy-out list to make room for a flood levee, although there is a possibility it will be saved."

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