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Glimpse Into Past Lives

Good morning, my Junk Lovin’ friends!

As you may have gathered from past posts, I love photography. Capturing moments in time is fascinating to me. It doesn’t even matter if the captured moments are from people that I don’t know or are from a time when I wasn’t even born, which actually makes it even more interesting to me. So today, I’d like to share a photo album I purchased when I lived in Minnesota.

"State Fair 1952"

Like the 8mm movies I posted about a few weeks ago, I love that these photos are a glimpse into a couple’s life together in the late 1940s and early 1950s. There are no names on the back of the photos, but I do know that the photos were taken all around Minnesota as there are city names and dates on the back of most of the photos.

"Campsite Close To Hibbing Aug 49"

"Lunch Stop - Return Trip Crystal Cave 51"

I used one of the photos in a little collage I made.

Enjoy your day!

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Abandoning Photography

Back in the day, I lived in a little town called Minneapolis. It was a simpler time. Newly married, little house (not on the prairie), new kitten, no kids, and lots of good friends. Where am I going with this? Not sure – sometimes my mind just wanders.

Oh, here’s where I’m going…back in Minneapolis, I have a good friend named John who I met when I was working for a small catalog/advertising company. I was the sole female among the 7-person copywriting staff, which wasn’t a surprise since the company specializes in motorcycle parts and accessories. John was, and still is, the head photographer for the company. He shoots a tailpipe like no one else! But on the side, he photographs some amazing landscapes.

Twin Butte School - Abandoned North Dakota by John Piepkorn

Landscapes is a bit confining for what John photographs because it is much more than that. His “specialty” is shooting abandoned buildings and ghost towns in the upper Midwest, mainly Minnesota and North Dakota. His family probably finds him a bit crazy as he ventures into abandoned, dilapidated buildings to document the odd, interesting stuff people leave behind. It’s quite fascinating, somewhat voyeuristic – and very beautiful.

Left Hanging - abandoned Minnesota by John Piepkorn

After spending an inordinate amount of time looking at his gallery on Flickr, I was thrilled when John agreed to sell me some of his prints. I love the idea of having original artwork. And I love the idea of having a friend’s original art in my home.

Hudson Police Cruiser by John Piepkorn

John has had his work recognized in lots of local publications and websites like the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Top Reader Pictures from 2009 (11th photo in the slideshow) and the City of Minnetonka’s 2008 Photo Contest (honorable mention).

If anyone is interested in adding John’s photographs to their collection, you can email him: j_piepkorn65 (at) yahoo (dot) com [sorry for the cryptic email address but spamming stinks] or contact him through Flickr (if you’re a Flickr member). He’s a great guy with a great eye!

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