Around 1996 I was taking pictures along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul. While walking around Island Station, I saw a young man making a painting on an easel. He told me that he lived on a houseboat on the river. He said it was a cheap way for an artist to live. It seemed so romantic. I was terribly jealous. I told my girlfriend I wanted to live on a houseboat. She said no.
That brief visit always stayed with me. Years later when I started Sleeping by the Mississippi, I though a lot about that artist living on the river. I think it inspired me to make this picture.
And this sculpture by Rob:
Rob is holding his baby girl. She was born on August 9th. Her name is August.
My baby boy was born on August 4th. His name is also August.
What are the odds that they’ll end up married?