June 19 part deux

A spotlight on a tender moment

Recently, I’ve decided to try to capture couples in a connected moment beyond just them looking at the camera and smiling.  I’m surprised at the success I’ve had.  I merely ask a couple who is apparently close enough to oblige me to share a kiss.  Then, I take their image home and add a few filters to give it a different and more romantic effect.


These images from Bismarck’s annual ribfest are juicy samples from a juicy event.

June 19

Sarah McMahon band

Another great reason to extol the musical talent of Central North Dakota is the combined and individual talent of the Sarah McMahon band.  A little bit of rock, a little bit of blues, a little bit of jazz and a lot of soul is the mix  of these talented musicians.

Richard, Brad, Sarah and Laura bring different talents from their history of making music in the Bismarck-Mandan area and beyond.  They’ve come together this year to find their own sound, their own niche as a group.  I know of no one more talented than these musicians. They’re no bar band or garage band.

Their only liability is they are in Bismarck where musical venues to match their talents are rare.  They have to work extra hard to promote themselves, while keeping their day jobs because there just isn’t enough opportunity for them to earn what they deserve in Bismarck.

In this case I caught them at the Ribfest in Bismarck, center stage.  Usually they are confined to smaller venues such as the patio at Fiesta Villa or some other claustrophobic venue.

I wonder what it would take for Bismarck-Mandan to create a venue to support the massive amount of musical talent that lives and plays here in Central North Dakota. Got any ideas?