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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:00 AM   #1
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Twin Cities - American Heartland

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Old May 19th, 2010, 06:25 AM   #2
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NICE!
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Old May 19th, 2010, 01:51 PM   #3
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Great!
Really enjoyed this.
Seems that you are in some lightly depressive phase, aren't you?
Or you are fan of "film noar" or " film veritee" style.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #4
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Really very nice photos of Minneapolis once again
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Old May 20th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #5
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Great!
Really enjoyed this.
Seems that you are in some lightly depressive phase, aren't you?
Or you are fan of "film noar" or " film veritee" style.
My goal is to show the whole city as it is, I see photography as an extention of anthropology, sociology and journalism. Most of the Minneapolis archetectual photos in this thread are of the northside which is the poorest part of the city - some people would use the term ghetto. It is a typical American, crime ridden, inner-city neighborhood. I hadn't shot this part of the city before but I had been planning to for some time. St Paul is a heavily working class city so it seemed like a good pairing.

Generally I take photos on my days off every week. The photos I take are largely dependent on the weather. Gloomy weather is good for taking photos of the rougher parts of the city because it complements that angle. Good weather favors the nicer parts of the city and people shots (because of the limitations of my equipment). It was rainy and overcast on my days off for 3 weeks in a row so it seemed like a good time to shoot the northside and other gritty parts of the area. Once that was done the sun came out (last week) so I tried to shoot some people shots that went with that vibe. Minneapolis/St Paul is known for Minneapolis' modern skyline and prosperous economy but there is another side to the cities - with the people shots in this thread I tried to show the layers of social contrast that exists within our society.

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Old May 21st, 2010, 03:22 PM   #6
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Your sets have a special narrative quality. I enjoy them alot.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 08:54 PM   #7
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an honest depiction of some of the real character of the city - the deriliction,
the multiracialism, and the mere living out of people in general with the infras
in the background.
this is one set of photos that tells a story.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 11:04 PM   #8
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I could'nt help noticing the Somali's on your different photoseries and went on wikipedia
I saw that the twin cities have the most Somali's of the United States and wondered if maybe the twin cities are also more "used to muslims" because it is becoming harder for them to be accepted in the US because of the situation and the media.
Somehow I find these immigration things so incredibely interesting (there are also quite some Somali's in the Netherlands and a friend of mine went to Minneapolis as an intern).
Thank you for these shots of the beautiful people of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
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I could'nt help noticing the Somali's on your different photoseries and went on wikipedia
I saw that the twin cities have the most Somali's of the United States and wondered if maybe the twin cities are also more "used to muslims" because it is becoming harder for them to be accepted in the US because of the situation and the media.
Somehow I find these immigration things so incredibely interesting (there are also quite some Somali's in the Netherlands and a friend of mine went to Minneapolis as an intern).
Thank you for these shots of the beautiful people of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
You might find this recent article interesting...

From the above article: "I've heard people there say that Minnesota is one of the very few states where an immigrant with an accent can be hired to work in his chosen profession. In other places, most people have to stay in odd jobs."



Great photos, Somnifor. I always enjoy seeing our city through your lens.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 01:48 AM   #10
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I could'nt help noticing the Somali's on your different photoseries and went on wikipedia
I saw that the twin cities have the most Somali's of the United States and wondered if maybe the twin cities are also more "used to muslims" because it is becoming harder for them to be accepted in the US because of the situation and the media.
Somehow I find these immigration things so incredibely interesting (there are also quite some Somali's in the Netherlands and a friend of mine went to Minneapolis as an intern).
Thank you for these shots of the beautiful people of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
People in the Twin Cities are used to being around muslims because they are all over the place here. That said, I think any big city in the US would be similar for muslims to move to in terms of being accepted.

The Twin Cities have a disproportionate number of the US's refugee resettlement agencies so groups that come to the US as refugees tend to be well represented in the local population. In addition to Somalis there are a lot of Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese, and smaller numbers of many other nationalities like Cambodians, Tibetans, Sudanese, Eritrians, Kurds, etc.

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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:01 AM   #11
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cool photos...
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My goal is to show the whole city as it is, I see photography as an extention of anthropology, sociology and journalism. Most of the Minneapolis archetectual photos in this thread are of the northside which is the poorest part of the city - some people would use the term ghetto. It is a typical American, crime ridden, inner-city neighborhood. I hadn't shot this part of the city before but I had been planning to for some time. St Paul is a heavily working class city so it seemed like a good pairing.
Yup. Photography is not only about skyscrapers.

Very good pictures, as always.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 10:53 PM   #13
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You might find this recent article interesting...

From the above article: "I've heard people there say that Minnesota is one of the very few states where an immigrant with an accent can be hired to work in his chosen profession. In other places, most people have to stay in odd jobs."



Great photos, Somnifor. I always enjoy seeing our city through your lens.
Thank you so much!
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:35 AM   #14
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cool shots..
those photos on the upper page are sort of depressing but the later ones
are livelier and vibrant.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:56 AM   #15
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Diversity is not a bad thing, great thread .
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #16
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Wow. I had no idea the Twin Cities were hurting that badly. Thanks for the photo tour, but I can't honestly say it didn't depress me a little.
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