California Dreamin’

I just returned from a vacation with my wife, daughter and her friend in California, where we started in Los Angeles and ended up in San Francisco. It was a memorable trip and we had a great time! Here are a few of my favorite photos:

From top, a young visitor carries an umbrella for shade while walking on the main courtyard of the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, a Los Angeles neighborhood. The museum opened in 1974 to house the art collection of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty; Friends pose for a portrait at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Designed by architect Richard Meier, the $1.3 billion museum opened in Dec. 1997 and hosts an estimated 1.3 million visitors annually; Visitors look at a jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey. Founded in 1984, the aquarium is on the site of a former sardine cannery and has an estimated two million visitors every year; A tourist looks out into San Francisco Bay during a boat tour in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area is the second largest urban area in the American West with about 8 million residents; A visitor checks his cell phone under a room filled with projected video colors and music at the exhibit THE SUMMER OF LOVE EXPERIENCE: ART, FASHION AND ROCK & ROLL at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The show showcases the music, fashion and art of an era celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Heyday

The other day, I received in the mail my signed copy of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis that features Daniel Corrigan’s excellent photography. While I love music and photographing musicians and performances, Dan’s vast archive puts mine to shame. He has photographed countless bands who either started in the city or were traveling through. I knew Dan when I was a student at the University of Minnesota, and wanted to do his portrait with other photographers for an arts class in 1988. Dan invited to a magazine shoot he was doing with the band Soul Asylum in a South Minneapolis apartment. He was kind and patient as I fumbled my way through the shoot — I was pleasantly surprised to see the photo included in his book!

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While reading up on Dan’s book, I also found this interesting video Pitchfork did a year ago about him and his life.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

Pirates of Penzance

On Friday night my wife and I had great seats to see our daughter and her Sharon Academy classmates’ opening night performance of The Pirates of Penzance. I brought my camera along and made photos of their impressive performance, a play they learned in only a few weeks! Follow this link to see more of my favorites in the Galleries section of my web site (print sales profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).

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Family Memories

As time passes, moments in photography take on a new life. While visiting my family in South Dakota in 1991, I spent the day with my grandfather, taking pictures and cherishing my time with him. After he passed away eight years later, I gave everyone prints of him enjoying an ice cream with me in a small town diner. Mine is still on my desk at home, a memory of a wonderful day.

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Then & Now

I am excited to work with Euclid Farnham on a follow-up to the well-received Tunbridge: Then & Now show we had in late 2014. The extensive collection of photographs Euclid has amassed for the Tunbridge Historical Society has given us plenty to work from! Stay tuned for the show’s opening date…

Much Ado

One of my daughter’s favorite parts of summer is being a part of The Chelsea Funnery’s Shakespeare camp. Over two weeks, the teenagers learn and do two performances of The Bard’s plays. This year it was his comedy Much Ado About Nothing. I’m always impressed with how much they accomplish in a short time! Here’s a few of my favorites — follow this link to see even more.

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

More Funnery

For the past two weeks, my daughter has been a part of the Get Thee to The Funnery Shakespeare Camp in Chelsea, Vt. It’s her third year, and each summer her passion for the camp grows. Guided by their passionate camp directors, over two dozen teens learn and produce a play in just two weeks! This year, there were two performances of Romeo and Juliet indoors and out. Follow this link to see more in the Galleries section of my web site.

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