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Bill Clements’ Photography

I remember the moment I first fell in love with photography: It was the summer of 1984, just after I’d graduated from Columbia and a year after my Dad had died, and my Mom wanted to get out of town on her summer break from teaching and so the two of us traveled to Europe. We brought along a little Kodak Instamatic 100, more out of a sense of duty than love. And in Edinburgh, Scotland, one day, we were walking in the Queen Street Gardens around sunset and it was beautiful, breathtaking. I started to take a couple shots and was looking around and suddenly I saw a castle reflected in shadow on the grass and I had to get the photo. I remember Mom thought I was a little crazy, because I spent a long time moving around this disappearing shadow and trying to photograph it. I didn’t succeed in getting a good shot, but I was hooked on trying to capture images with a camera. For good.

I’ve never displayed my photos–I’ve given a few of the especially good ones to folks as gifts, etc. But in the last few years I’ve grown a great deal as both a photographer sand as an editor of my photos, and so I’ve decided to start posting some of my better shots here, in this page on my MSM website. And I’ve chosen for my first group–my first “gallery” of shots–my most recent photos, ones I too last week in Toronto.

My wife, Julie, and I went there and joined my sister, Katie, and her husband, Randy, and my Mom and Bud in traveling to that great city to watch Katie’s daughter, Annie, in her final play at the George Brown School, a three-year acting conservatory. Annie had the part of Anna Karenina in a version of the greta Tolstoy story. We didn’t realize we would but we also were there for the graduation ceremony for Annie and her colleagues/classmates. Not only did Annie put in a really good performance as Anna K., but she won one of a couple of awards handed out (together with a check!)–her award was for being an outstanding ensemble member, which fits Annie’s personality perfectly.

I hope you enjoy.

Here are my newest photos, from a great evening at our friends, Kevin and Marion,, down the hall …

Below are from the May 3 Minneapolis May-Day Parade …

 

Here’s the group of photos from the visit Julie and I made to the St. Paul Art Crawl on Sunday, April 26 …

 

Here is the large gallery of photos from our trip to Toronto, the weekend of April 19 …