Photography runs in my heritage, from my brother Craig who introduced
me to photography to my Great Great Uncle Eric Enstrom who
created the "Grace" photo, which became Minnesota’s
official state photograph in 2002.
stayed at Rhoda Nyberg's house in Bovey. She is the daughter of
photographer who captured the "Grace" photo.
She had lots of her own paintings on the wall. It was that visit
made me aware that the image is part photo, part painted. As
on her walls, were original photos that lacked the window light
coming down on the left side of the print. Not a secret, but
also not commonly known, is how the daughter
enhanced the photo by hand oil painting
the original sepia tone i have, to the finished hand painted work.
Above - original sepia tone without window light or color.
Above - hand painted popular Grace image.
Marion Challgren, gave me an original sepia tone photograph without the
window light, the photo was originally given to my Grandma Selma, on her wedding day, by Eric Enstrom. One day i was looking at the back of the framed photo
and i found news clippings inside an envelope taped to the back of the frame. Its
from a 1961 newspaper. The interesting thing for me is how the
the lessons here
are that great images are created scenes, carefully chosen elements.
Great photos are made, not taken. Enhanced with techniques after
the initial capture, great photos
and transformed into dynamic images. Visual art is made from our
thoughts, to match our visions.
images need to be seen, promoted, published or they are forgotten
in the dark void of time.
honored, humbled and inspired by my linkage
with "Grace" thanks to my mom Marion, my
grandma Selma Enstrom (Olson), my great grandfather Louis Enstrom, brother
of Eric Enstrom.
And here is a link to the Grace by Enstrom web site.