About Me and Ira
Me and Ira is most literally my bike Ira, and I. I bought Ira after arriving in Iowa to train for and ride RAGBRAI XXXVIII. I am a photographer, artist and educator interested in food, food culture, relationships between people and food as well as relationships between people. I have found the landscapes that makes the most sense to me and in the context of my work are the rolling fields of Iowa farmland, particularly in the winter. Upon my return to the midwest after a decade away, I chose to ride RAGBRAI for several reasons. I’ve listed some below in no particular order.
- Rising to the challenge of a week-long ride of 442 miles and 14,527 feet of climb with approximately 20,000 other riders – Ummm, yeah. They say it’s one of the easiest rides in the 37 years of previous rides.
- Connect with the people in the pass through and overnight towns – The people have stories they want to tell and pies they want to sell. I’m interested in both.
- Connect with riders from all over the world – These are the pie eaters. They will also have tales to tell.
- Transition from mountain bike (The Old Battle Ax) to road bike (Ira) – Just looking for a reason for a new bike. I’ll admit it.
- Training – I like to have some kind of goal in my mind when I put time into anything or I feel like a mouse running on a wheel. Training for RAGBRAI is a great excuse for me to take the time to put a bike ride at the top of my priority list.
- RAGBRAI as training – As I planned for some upcoming projects, I realized that I should re-examine my abilities to rough it. I will not trade in my designer heels for good, but I think I need to give the backpack and camping gear some use and test my own abilities before landing in foreign and undeveloped countries.
- Out of the studio and into the world – Much of my work over the past 10 years has been in the confines of my studio. RAGBRAI is my excuse to leave my sheet film behind and work only with a DSLR. The ease and spontaneity I remember from using 35mm makes a DSLR a great choice on a trip like this.
I expect that I will be photographing with a focus on regional food culture. The great thing about loosening my grip on control is what may happen as a result. I am sure I will be surprised.