My last visit to Strawberry Point, Iowa, was in 2018, and this time, I wanted to get the definitive photo of the World’s Largest Strawberry. This is for you, Hud & Elle!
Quietly, I found myself in Iowa yesterday. I say quietly because I only told a couple of people I was going. I had lived in Iowa for 15 years — four years in Decorah and 11 in Iowa City — and it’s always good to go back.
My photos were my gift to Andy & Kristin upon the baptism of their baby daughter yesterday. I published 44 photos of the baptism and the reception. It was wonderful to read the reactions of his family and the Trinity family. What a beautiful day it was!
This moon is tonight’s moon. This moon is not like other moons. This moon loves you. This moon dances in preparation. For tomorrow is the full moon. But here tonight, right now, this moon wants you to know that love is real.
A lot of photographers have subsequently made the same decision (I’m looking at you, Tone Madison) that I made on Sept. 14, 2019: take Jenie Gao’s picture in front of the shelves in her studio. Back then, it was a new studio, with contractors still doing their thing to outfit it. As she enters a new journey in work and life, I say, be well and remember the community, esp. the Trinity community. Best of luck.