Lately I've felt the need to be creative. So often when I'm caught up in the business of life, I lose time or passion for being creative. I think you need time to be bored, to be alone and by yourself, in order to think and create new ideas. That's what I hoped to do with this latest series of self portraits.
The most fabulous event of the year, the Minnesota Pride Parade took place last Sunday, June 29, on Hennepin Ave. Loring Park is already a traditionally gay part of Minneapolis, and the Pride Parade only brought more rainbow flags to their already decked out sidewalks.
I have never been to Pride before. I really enjoyed going as an ally to a friend. I got to talk to so many interesting people, hear their stories, and photograph some of the more eccentric folk in the parade.
It was so wonderful to see so many politicians in the parade. Since the Defense of Marriage Act was voted down last year, so many more politicians have been supporting gay marriage and equality laws. Even Republicans are starting to speak out in favor of it. Anytime the world moves in favor of equality, you've got to feel a little bit of hope.
This summer is the one for trying new things: new festivals, new places, and—of course—new foods.
Yesterday at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair, I tried what I will now refer to as the strangest thing I've ever eaten: a donut burger. From Eli's Food Truck, this is a burger grilled and served on a glazed donut. I would compare it most closely to a sausage biscuit breakfast sandwich, but sweeter. The donut was piping hot, stickier than your last hook up, and probably less regrettable, too.
I will admit, at about the halfway mark through this sandwich I thought, "I should probably stop before my arteries clog." Disregarding my impending heart attack, I finished the burger anyhow.
My friend Prasanna got a Mac & Cheese grilled cheese from O'Cheeze, which was buttery, cheesy, rich, and delicious.
Finally, from Cafe Racer, I got balsamic vegetables with Mexican rice served on an arepa. This was by far the best thing I had at the fair. The sauce on the vegetables was amazing, and they were crunchy, fresh, and cooked perfectly. I would definitely come back for one of their pulled pork or chicken arepas.
The winter light was shining through my blinds this afternoon, and I couldn't deny the opportunity to throw on some red lipstick and take pictures. These aren't really anything special, I was just seeing how I could play with the light and exposure.