The Dining Studio supports our local artists by showcasing their works. One of our present artists is Todd Miller. He was born in Duluth and began taking pictures in the early 1970's with a Kodak Tele-Ektra 300. He could hardly wait to see the prints developed at the nearby Woolworth. He had images of Lake Superior's shoreline, Canal Park and the Ariel Lift Bridge, friends and family, but mostly architecture and the various elements of buildings were the most fascinating to him.
When he moved to Minneapolis in 1984 he began shooting skyscrapers as they were constructed; from groundbreaking to grand-opening. The photos featured earthmoving equipment, the first girders being placed, facade panels and windows attached, then exterior lighting.
He visited New York City for the first time in 1989 and seeing the World Trade Centers was at the top of his priority list of things to see and photograph. He shot three times from the Observation deck. He found using a 35mm camera to be very liberating. In his freshman year at the U of MN he took a single photography course and was hooked.
In recent years he's found himself shooting familiar landmarks in Minneapolis (as well as NYC, France and Germany), manipulating his images with strong saturated color and bold texture, especially with the more historic subjects. He finds energy and dialogue through the accentuation of light and architectural elements.
He's received five American Arts Awards, including First Place nationwide for "Manipulated Photography." He's met so many interesting people who have acquired his work. His images can be found in Target Corp's offices, Black Sheep Pizza, Lotus Vietnamese, Loring Park Rec Center, Uptown Theater lobby and many other local establishments and now also Create!
His facebook page: phoToddgraphy
Todd's phone: 612-822-6984
Our second artist is Jean Wright