North Shore photographers featured in state calendar
Nine and a half years ago photographer John Gregor lived in south Minneapolis. When an opportunity to move to the North Shore came up, he jumped at it because of the “disconnect” he felt between where he lived and where he worked. “It put me closer to where I love to work,” said Gregor.
The move proved to be a good one for Gregor.
Gregor lives in Two Harbors and owns ColdSnap Photography along with co-owning the Waterfront Gallery with Val Doherty, which celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. The two collaborated on the Minnesota’s Own 2012 North Shore calendar and it features both of their work equally.
Gregor said the Minnesota’s Own calendar publisher reached out to them. “It’s always good to get your work out there in ways that people can enjoy it,” he said.
Gregor said that the photos chosen were the images the pair felt would best represent the North Shore while showcasing some unusual aspects as well. He said that the photo he took of Red Rock Point a few years ago remains one of his best. “This is one of my favorite places on Lake Superior,” he said. “That place has a spiritual feel and combined with the light and the misty morning—it all came together for that photograph.”
This year marks the third time Gregor has worked on the calendar for Minnesota’s Own and the second time he and Doherty have worked together on it. The calendar is in stores now.
Besides the calendar, Gregor and Doherty often collaborate on projects together and host at least one collaborative show a year. “We each have our own ideas of what we want to do and it’s a matter of bringing them together and meshing them,” Gregor said.
The calendar featuring Gregor and Doherty’s work can be purchased online for $12.49 at www.mncalendars.com.