A Day in the Life of Me
|Danny Paul... Photographic Artist
My grandmother realized I was very creative and gave me a used Leica professional camera when I was in second grade. I brought the camera to school every day and photographed my classmates. I also loved to draw... pencil and pen/ink.
Our hobby farm...
Dad leased a 100 acre farm just outside Minneapolis, complete with a house, sheds and barn. Soon, we had dogs, cats, three pigs, a bull, a cow, one chicken, and several horses. People boarded their horses with us. I had fun photographing the animals, especially the horses! (One of my first photos using the Leica camera my grandmother gave me is the one above of our mare, Betty, and her foal, Chanhassen.)
Soap Box Derby days...
When I was eleven years old, Dad thought it would be a good idea if I built a Soap Box Derby Car to enter in the Minneapolis Soap Box Derby. Back in the day, these cars had to be built from scratch, requiring many trips to the lumber yard. We didn't have much in the way of woodworking tools, except a saber saw and a circular saw. But, Dad had everything I needed for finishing the car at his auto body and paint shop.
I didn't win the Derby. But, I received an award for
the best looking car and best brakes. I built another car when I was
twelve. Again, I won best looking car and best brakes. Plus, I was runner
up in the 10-13 year-old class.
At ten years of age, I'd become very interested in playing the guitar. Dad rented a guitar and signed me up for lessons. He told me if I practiced diligently for six months and he'd buy me my very own guitar. I took to the guitar very quickly. At fifteen I was driving from house to house all over Minneapolis and the suburbs teaching guitar lessons to people of all ages. And, I played in bands for many years. Tom Smothers (Smothers Brothers) liked our sound and sent my band a check to do some studio recording.
At sixteen, I worked with an ad agency and photography crew who were photographing boats for a Crestliner Boats catalog. Here, I watched a highly acclaimed photographer from Florida do his magic. (I ended up as a model for some shots... always wearing a hat and holding a guitar! Afterward, the modeling agency sent me out on some modeling jobs in Minneapolis.)
Dan, the artist...
My high school art teacher and the superintendent of schools recommended me to the acclaimed Minneapolis College of Art and Design - a difficult school to get into. After a time, I became disappointed with the pace of the school and accepted a job in the art department at the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspapers. I was the youngest person there. I made a number of life-long friends at the newspaper. Eventually, the military draft came knocking on my door.
I joined the Navy and while on leave in New York City I met a buddy's brother-in-law who was a camera man for ABC. He advised me about the type of camera I should buy. I bought the camera he suggested and brought it with me on Mediterranean cruises aboard the USS Columbus, guided missile cruiser CG-12. I entered one of my photos of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, at sunset in a world-wide photography contest sponsored by a film manufacturer. I won best landscape photo and I was thrilled.
If you visit my photo galleries, you'll see I photograph of wide variety of subjects... "people, places and products." For me, variety IS the spice of life!
I've photographed for print magazines, catalogs, news organizations, manufacturers, resorts, fashion designers, home builders, architects, financial institutions, restaurants, events, and more. And, I've met some wonderful people and even a few celebrities along the way.
I've been fortunate to win Arizona Foothills Magazine's "Best
Photographer" in several categories over the past ten years.
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