Inspiration

Caroline Yang

An artist celebrating other artists.
Tutus and pointe shoes.
Documentary dedication.

Documentary photographer Caroline Yang

I have admired my friend Caroline Yang‘s photography for over a decade. Her documentary work always stops me in my tracks, from her dynamic cycling photos of the Tour de France, to presidential campaign coverage for The New York Times,  to in-depth documentary projects for Minnesota Public Radio, to her personal work of her travels and beautiful family.

Caroline observes with her camera in a way that is so inspiring. She seeks to really understand the story and capture the complexity and uniqueness of the people she documents. I am in awe of her principled dedication and discipline about her craft.

Last year she committed to a year-long documentary project on The St. Paul Ballet. She photographs the dancers every day. The body of work that she has produced from this project is simply incredible.

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Documentary photographer Tasha Herrgott, owner of Red Bird Hills.

Tasha has such a beautiful eye for capturing real moments and connection.

She is very passionate about documenting birth stories. I’m so inspired by the patience and endurance it takes to photograph the birthing process. You can really feel the love, care, and respect she has for her birth story families in her powerful images, like the one’s below of Baby Jonah’s birth.

What an amazing way to celebrate little lives coming into the world!

Red Bird Hills website / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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MCAD DesignWorks redesigned the walls of YouthLink. The project used inspiring quotes from notable historical figures as well as YouthLink teens to create uplifting visual messages throughout the faciility.

The environmental installation really reflects the values and mission of YouthLink, to empower youth to shape their futures by providing a safe, supportive, respectful and responsive community of excellence. YouthLink is the place where the END of homelessness and the END of poverty begin for youth served.

Please consider supporting YouthLink with a donation here.

Design:
Alex Roche (MCAD ’10)
Brian Walbergh (MCAD ’11)

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Benjamin Kjos (MCAD ’11)

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Photographer Erica Loeks (Photo credit: Laura Ivanova)

My friend Erica has one of the biggest hearts on earth. She is genuinely generous with her time, talent, and energy.

She introduced me to YouthLink two years ago when I was looking for a way to give back with my films to an organization doing good in the world. Erica has been the YouthLink photographer for many years, creating powerful imagery that tells the story of the youth served at this amazing organization.

YouthLink provides services, resources, and support to youth experiencing homelessness. My work on film projects for YouthLink has been both inspiring and humbling. I am reminded to be grateful for all of the opportunities and resources in my life. The drive and determination of the youth at YouthLink is incredible, inspiring me to continue to give generously of my time and talent to help and support this important work in our community.

Please consider supporting YouthLink with a donation here.

Thank you Erica for introducing me to YouthLink. Telling the stories of the youth there has really been a powerful experience.

Erica Loeks’ website / Twitter / Instagram /Facebook

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Photographer Liz Banfield.

Liz is an inspiration to me as an artist and business owner. She has a clear version and a beautifully unique point of view in her work. She is still primarily a film shooter, and that choice supports her aesthetic vision so perfectly.

Colors have a subtle dreaminess. Moments seem to linger in her images rather than be caught or captured. The world is a little softer and more lovely through Liz’s lens.

Liz is recognized as one of the country’s leading photographers. She travels the globe shooting weddings for clients who place photography at the top of their priority list. Even with all that acclaim, she is as nice as they come. Down-to-earth and kind and real.

I’m so lucky to have you as my friend, Liz! I greatly value your support and encouragement on my own creative journey. You’re really an inspiration.

Liz Banfield’s website / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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