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Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute
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In December 2011, when Todd and Brad were deciding what project they would like to take on for 2012, they reflected back on their 365 Project. With the 365 Project, they each had to shoot one photograph a day.  That was a great challenge and made them both much more efficient at their craft.  Many of those days of shooting 365 were limited to less than a 10-minute window of shooting time.  However, for how little time they actually spent photographing the 365 Project on some days, they feel the quality of the project as a whole was surprisingly good. With “Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed” they planned on being able to shoot every Tuesday from sunrise to sunset allowing for them to have a lot more quality time with their cameras doing what they love, photographing the natural world around them. Todd and Brad’s mission was to each make at least one outstanding piece of art with their cameras every Tuesday during 2012.  Traveling all over Michigan, Todd and Brad shot hours of HD video and captured over 900 images of natural and manmade beauty.

The images and videos captured during the Tuesdays project will be published as a hardcover art book and DVD package in Spring 2013.

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Michigan jolts us with the force of a 25-foot wave exploding against a Great Lakes lighthouse at St. Joseph.

Michigan quiets our souls with the stillness of Grand Traverse Bay on a mirror glass May morning.

 

Michigan makes us feel on top of the world as we peer down from the Porcupine Mountains upon millions of Kodachromed treetops surrounding the Lake of the Clouds.

 

Michigan makes us feel wondrously small and insignificant as we look up in awe at virgin white pine trees towering more than 300 feet over our heads at Hartwick Pines State Park.

 

Michigan gives us sanctuary from our hectic lives as we savor a Lake Michigan sunset alone atop a skyscraping dune at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

 

Michigan transports us out of this world as we watch Northern Lights dancing through the skies over Lake Michigan and Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

 

Michigan surrounds us in a timeless fairytale world of white as we watch a snow-covered fly fisherman flick his fly rod back and forth, snaking his line through enormous Currier and Ives snow flakes toward a fishing hole on the world-renowned Pere Marquette River.

 

Michigan stuns us with the natural wonder of mountains of blue ice piled up for miles like a seemingly endless sculpture in front of one of the world’s most astonishing manmade wonders—the Mackinac Bridge.

 

Michigan takes our breath away as we soar like seagulls over Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Manitou Islands, and Lake Michigan from 11,000 feet above the earth while hanging out the window of a small airplane.

 

Michigan engulfs us and our underwater cameras in the beauty and power of a Great Lakes wave slamming into us like a crystal clear freight train.

 

These are just a fraction of the intense visual, physical, emotional and spiritual encounters with Michigan etched in our minds and galvanized in our hearts during our yearlong mission to honor this magnificent state by discovering, photographing, videoing and writing about many of her most beautiful places.

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Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute is the grateful offering of a father and son. We were privileged to devote each of the 52 Tuesdays of 2012 to searching for, seeing and revealing Michigan’s natural heart and soul with our cameras.

 

For our previous book, 365: A Year in the Photographic Lives of Todd and Brad Reed, we each photographed every day of 2010. Sometimes we photographed all day; most often our busy lives only allowed us a couple hours or, sometimes, only a few minutes to find and make pictures. That was often frustrating, so for this project we decided to set aside one entire day each week. We picked Tuesdays because they tend to be slow days for tourist traffic in Michigan—on the roads and at the spots where we would want to make images without people or with only a few people in them. The Michigan we discovered on Tuesdays was often awesome, spectacular, or simply out of this world. Every Tuesday in Michigan was a great day.

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Through still images, written accounts and—for the first time—video imagery, our goal was to have others experience Michigan with us. Each week we published a blog of our favorite still images, video footage and writing from the previous Tuesday’s experience to, in effect, take people along with us on our Michigan photographic expeditions. Team Reed, including our Business Manager Sarah Genson and Assistant Manager Rachel Gaudette—spent dozens of hours each week creating posts to our blog, Facebook, and website ToddandBradReed.com.

 

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So we felt compelled to create this book and DVD set that enables anyone who leafs through these pages and plays the DVDs to more completely share our Michigan experience. In the process, we hope, most of all, that people are inspired by the natural beauty of our state.

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This 35,000-mile odyssey was not the work of emotionally detached photographers coldly taking pictures of beautiful places with little respect. This project was the personal, heartfelt, empathetic, humble, independent effort of two lifelong Michigan residents attached to this Great Lakes State like eagles to a favorite nesting spot. And, like eagles, we were free to see Michigan through our eyes. This project was self-conceived, self-produced and self-published. Michigan’s spirit called to us. We needed to be free to photograph Michigan exactly as our hearts felt, without someone else’s agenda, pressure or influence.

 

Michigan had a story to tell. We let Michigan speak to us every day. We believe, both as artists and as two of Michigan’s biggest fans, that is a good thing. We feel that the Michigan we depict in these pages and DVDs is the very essence of the Michigan that lives within millions of people’s hearts.

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Michigan emotes and evokes. She rocks us. Michigan grounds us to her like a lighting rod charged with intense, positive energy. We, along with millions of other human beings, cannot help but be affected by the intrinsic quality of this spirit land of big water, big country, and big sky. Our bustling lives often do not allow most of us to be one with Michigan, but the more time we spend in Michigan’s naturally magical places, the more Michigan’s natural magnificence puts us under her spell and makes us feel her spirit.

 

Our photographs of Michigan stand as our testimony to the God-given beauty of this state. We set out to find and passionately lay bare Michigan’s soul in a way that would make ourselves and others see Michigan better, experience her more fully and revere her more deeply. We set forth each week from our hometown of Ludington, to witness for Michigan with our cameras. We had already devoted years to photographing primarily in the Point to Point region between Big and Little Sable Points with Ludington as the epicenter. We knew this place intimately but wanted and needed to know more of Michigan.

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Each week, especially the weeks we traveled long distances from our homes near the Lake Michigan shoreline, we felt like we were getting to experience Michigan the first time through a tourist’s eyes. We tried to look at Michigan as if we had never visited her before. Some weeks that was easy because we traveled to spots we had never seen. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Hartwick Pines State Park, and Aux Barques Lighthouse at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb region were all fresh views. Some places we had experienced before, like Mackinac Island or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Wherever we went, for the first time or the 50th, it was exciting to be tourists in our own state, searching and discovering with a sense of adventure at times akin to Huck Finn and at times more like Ernest Hemingway.

 

We were always ready with our cameras. Often our favorite and most productive part of each Tuesday’s photographic expedition was not at the destination, but when Michigan’s magic appeared on its own during the journey to and from the pre-selected shooting location. We learned a long time ago that these unexpected “found” pictures turn out to be the crown jewels of photography. Bottom line: Michigan’s beauty is abundant and widespread.

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We tried our best to be action people every Tuesday. That usually meant long days and long nights exploring, often involving a lot of driving, hiking, boating and wading into lakes and streams. Sometimes alone, sometimes together, sometimes within minutes and sometimes only after spending hours of looking, we discovered magic Michigan moments. We know her beauty is always there. Even on the grayest of days, Michigan’s silver lining reveals itself. Having faith in Michigan and in our photographic ability we were able to capture various aspects of her beauty every Tuesday of the year.

 

Getting close to Michigan in a heartfelt sense required getting precariously close to Michigan in a physical sense. We know the best way to engage the viewers of our photographs and make them feel like they are really in a Lake Michigan storm, for example, is to put ourselves and our cameras as close to the water or as far into the waves as safety permits. That proved to be very experiential. It meant being pummeled by Lake Michigan while photographing inside the curl of a breaking wave with an underwater camera, battered and sandblasted by the 50-knot-plus winds of Superstorm Sandy at Grand Haven, South Haven and St. Joseph. It also meant leaning over the rocky precipice of a Porcupine Mountains escarpment hundreds of feet above the Lake of the Clouds, standing our ground in the face of a massive storm cloud roaring ashore and engulfing us at the cliff’s edge atop the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and dodging lightning bolts on Great Lakes beaches.

 

With only a one in seven chance, we were lucky that several rare and beautiful natural events took place on our shooting day—Tuesdays. We photographed surreal Northern Lights over Lake Michigan twice and the Venus solar transit, during which Venus was visible crossing in front of the sun for the last time in more than a century. We caught record-high waves in Southern Lake Michigan generated by Superstorm Sandy. Our timing for peak color at the Lake of the Clouds was perfect.

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People often made the difference in the success or failure of our weekly treks. No matter where we went in Michigan, the people we met never said “no” when we asked for permission to include them in a photograph. Each week we met Michiganders eager to promote our state and help show the world what an amazing place Michigan is. People were excited to share personal accounts of witnessing the beauty of their areas and were excited to have the places they know and love included in a photographic celebration of Michigan.  Many of them went out of their way to give us tips, directions or other assistance, even without being asked. From fellow photographers to ferryboat captains and lighthouse keepers, from staff members of restaurants, motels, stores, visitor centers and auto repair facilities, Michiganders enabled us to succeed.

 

This book, these stories and these videos are our grateful offering to the majestic state of Michigan.  We have always been hometown boys and lifelong promoters of the Ludington area. Now we feel destined to be lifelong promoters of Michigan. After 52 Tuesdays of exploring Michigan from shore to shore, we feel a true calling to tell her story.

 

We were proud to be from Michigan before we began Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute.  The more we saw of Michigan during the project, the more we loved her. Michigan does that to people. We hope your love affair with Michigan continues to grow. We hope our artwork helps you to more clearly see Michigan’s beauty, more frequently savor Michigan’s beauty, and more lovingly act to preserve her beauty.

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Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute
BOOK SOLD OUT!
Images available for purchase!

VIEW_IMAGES_HERE.jpg

In December 2011, when Todd and Brad were deciding what project they would like to take on for 2012, they reflected back on their 365 Project. With the 365 Project, they each had to shoot one photograph a day.  That was a great challenge and made them both much more efficient at their craft.  Many of those days of shooting 365 were limited to less than a 10-minute window of shooting time.  However, for how little time they actually spent photographing the 365 Project on some days, they feel the quality of the project as a whole was surprisingly good. With “Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed” they planned on being able to shoot every Tuesday from sunrise to sunset allowing for them to have a lot more quality time with their cameras doing what they love, photographing the natural world around them. Todd and Brad’s mission was to each make at least one outstanding piece of art with their cameras every Tuesday during 2012.  Traveling all over Michigan, Todd and Brad shot hours of HD video and captured over 900 images of natural and manmade beauty.

The images and videos captured during the Tuesdays project will be published as a hardcover art book and DVD package in Spring 2013.

0606_33A_Todd_Reed_8867_Sunshine_Tuesdays_with_Todd_and_Brad_Reed_August_14_2012.jpg

Michigan jolts us with the force of a 25-foot wave exploding against a Great Lakes lighthouse at St. Joseph.

Michigan quiets our souls with the stillness of Grand Traverse Bay on a mirror glass May morning.

 

Michigan makes us feel on top of the world as we peer down from the Porcupine Mountains upon millions of Kodachromed treetops surrounding the Lake of the Clouds.

 

Michigan makes us feel wondrously small and insignificant as we look up in awe at virgin white pine trees towering more than 300 feet over our heads at Hartwick Pines State Park.

 

Michigan gives us sanctuary from our hectic lives as we savor a Lake Michigan sunset alone atop a skyscraping dune at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

 

Michigan transports us out of this world as we watch Northern Lights dancing through the skies over Lake Michigan and Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

 

Michigan surrounds us in a timeless fairytale world of white as we watch a snow-covered fly fisherman flick his fly rod back and forth, snaking his line through enormous Currier and Ives snow flakes toward a fishing hole on the world-renowned Pere Marquette River.

 

Michigan stuns us with the natural wonder of mountains of blue ice piled up for miles like a seemingly endless sculpture in front of one of the world’s most astonishing manmade wonders—the Mackinac Bridge.

 

Michigan takes our breath away as we soar like seagulls over Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Manitou Islands, and Lake Michigan from 11,000 feet above the earth while hanging out the window of a small airplane.

 

Michigan engulfs us and our underwater cameras in the beauty and power of a Great Lakes wave slamming into us like a crystal clear freight train.

 

These are just a fraction of the intense visual, physical, emotional and spiritual encounters with Michigan etched in our minds and galvanized in our hearts during our yearlong mission to honor this magnificent state by discovering, photographing, videoing and writing about many of her most beautiful places.

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Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute is the grateful offering of a father and son. We were privileged to devote each of the 52 Tuesdays of 2012 to searching for, seeing and revealing Michigan’s natural heart and soul with our cameras.

 

For our previous book, 365: A Year in the Photographic Lives of Todd and Brad Reed, we each photographed every day of 2010. Sometimes we photographed all day; most often our busy lives only allowed us a couple hours or, sometimes, only a few minutes to find and make pictures. That was often frustrating, so for this project we decided to set aside one entire day each week. We picked Tuesdays because they tend to be slow days for tourist traffic in Michigan—on the roads and at the spots where we would want to make images without people or with only a few people in them. The Michigan we discovered on Tuesdays was often awesome, spectacular, or simply out of this world. Every Tuesday in Michigan was a great day.

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Through still images, written accounts and—for the first time—video imagery, our goal was to have others experience Michigan with us. Each week we published a blog of our favorite still images, video footage and writing from the previous Tuesday’s experience to, in effect, take people along with us on our Michigan photographic expeditions. Team Reed, including our Business Manager Sarah Genson and Assistant Manager Rachel Gaudette—spent dozens of hours each week creating posts to our blog, Facebook, and website ToddandBradReed.com.

 

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So we felt compelled to create this book and DVD set that enables anyone who leafs through these pages and plays the DVDs to more completely share our Michigan experience. In the process, we hope, most of all, that people are inspired by the natural beauty of our state.

0296_18A_Todd_Reed_3307_Path_of_Light_Tuesdays_with_Todd_and_Brad_Reed_May_01_2012.jpg

This 35,000-mile odyssey was not the work of emotionally detached photographers coldly taking pictures of beautiful places with little respect. This project was the personal, heartfelt, empathetic, humble, independent effort of two lifelong Michigan residents attached to this Great Lakes State like eagles to a favorite nesting spot. And, like eagles, we were free to see Michigan through our eyes. This project was self-conceived, self-produced and self-published. Michigan’s spirit called to us. We needed to be free to photograph Michigan exactly as our hearts felt, without someone else’s agenda, pressure or influence.

 

Michigan had a story to tell. We let Michigan speak to us every day. We believe, both as artists and as two of Michigan’s biggest fans, that is a good thing. We feel that the Michigan we depict in these pages and DVDs is the very essence of the Michigan that lives within millions of people’s hearts.

0359_21A_Todd_Reed_6690_By_the_Light_of_the_Moon_Tuesdays_with_Todd_and_Brad_Reed_May_22_2012.jpg

Michigan emotes and evokes. She rocks us. Michigan grounds us to her like a lighting rod charged with intense, positive energy. We, along with millions of other human beings, cannot help but be affected by the intrinsic quality of this spirit land of big water, big country, and big sky. Our bustling lives often do not allow most of us to be one with Michigan, but the more time we spend in Michigan’s naturally magical places, the more Michigan’s natural magnificence puts us under her spell and makes us feel her spirit.

 

Our photographs of Michigan stand as our testimony to the God-given beauty of this state. We set out to find and passionately lay bare Michigan’s soul in a way that would make ourselves and others see Michigan better, experience her more fully and revere her more deeply. We set forth each week from our hometown of Ludington, to witness for Michigan with our cameras. We had already devoted years to photographing primarily in the Point to Point region between Big and Little Sable Points with Ludington as the epicenter. We knew this place intimately but wanted and needed to know more of Michigan.

0450_25B_Brad_Reed_4454_Tubular_Tuesdays_with_Todd_and_Brad_Reed_June_19_2012_r2.jpg

Each week, especially the weeks we traveled long distances from our homes near the Lake Michigan shoreline, we felt like we were getting to experience Michigan the first time through a tourist’s eyes. We tried to look at Michigan as if we had never visited her before. Some weeks that was easy because we traveled to spots we had never seen. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Hartwick Pines State Park, and Aux Barques Lighthouse at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb region were all fresh views. Some places we had experienced before, like Mackinac Island or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Wherever we went, for the first time or the 50th, it was exciting to be tourists in our own state, searching and discovering with a sense of adventure at times akin to Huck Finn and at times more like Ernest Hemingway.

 

We were always ready with our cameras. Often our favorite and most productive part of each Tuesday’s photographic expedition was not at the destination, but when Michigan’s magic appeared on its own during the journey to and from the pre-selected shooting location. We learned a long time ago that these unexpected “found” pictures turn out to be the crown jewels of photography. Bottom line: Michigan’s beauty is abundant and widespread.

0264_17B_Brad_Reed_2914_North_Star_Tuesdays_with_Todd_and_Brad_Reed_April_24_2012_r2.jpg

We tried our best to be action people every Tuesday. That usually meant long days and long nights exploring, often involving a lot of driving, hiking, boating and wading into lakes and streams. Sometimes alone, sometimes together, sometimes within minutes and sometimes only after spending hours of looking, we discovered magic Michigan moments. We know her beauty is always there. Even on the grayest of days, Michigan’s silver lining reveals itself. Having faith in Michigan and in our photographic ability we were able to capture various aspects of her beauty every Tuesday of the year.

 

Getting close to Michigan in a heartfelt sense required getting precariously close to Michigan in a physical sense. We know the best way to engage the viewers of our photographs and make them feel like they are really in a Lake Michigan storm, for example, is to put ourselves and our cameras as close to the water or as far into the waves as safety permits. That proved to be very experiential. It meant being pummeled by Lake Michigan while photographing inside the curl of a breaking wave with an underwater camera, battered and sandblasted by the 50-knot-plus winds of Superstorm Sandy at Grand Haven, South Haven and St. Joseph. It also meant leaning over the rocky precipice of a Porcupine Mountains escarpment hundreds of feet above the Lake of the Clouds, standing our ground in the face of a massive storm cloud roaring ashore and engulfing us at the cliff’s edge atop the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and dodging lightning bolts on Great Lakes beaches.

 

With only a one in seven chance, we were lucky that several rare and beautiful natural events took place on our shooting day—Tuesdays. We photographed surreal Northern Lights over Lake Michigan twice and the Venus solar transit, during which Venus was visible crossing in front of the sun for the last time in more than a century. We caught record-high waves in Southern Lake Michigan generated by Superstorm Sandy. Our timing for peak color at the Lake of the Clouds was perfect.

 0027_03A_Todd_Reed_1629_Orvis_Tuesdays_with_Todd_and_Brad_Reed_January_17_2012.jpg

People often made the difference in the success or failure of our weekly treks. No matter where we went in Michigan, the people we met never said “no” when we asked for permission to include them in a photograph. Each week we met Michiganders eager to promote our state and help show the world what an amazing place Michigan is. People were excited to share personal accounts of witnessing the beauty of their areas and were excited to have the places they know and love included in a photographic celebration of Michigan.  Many of them went out of their way to give us tips, directions or other assistance, even without being asked. From fellow photographers to ferryboat captains and lighthouse keepers, from staff members of restaurants, motels, stores, visitor centers and auto repair facilities, Michiganders enabled us to succeed.

 

This book, these stories and these videos are our grateful offering to the majestic state of Michigan.  We have always been hometown boys and lifelong promoters of the Ludington area. Now we feel destined to be lifelong promoters of Michigan. After 52 Tuesdays of exploring Michigan from shore to shore, we feel a true calling to tell her story.

 

We were proud to be from Michigan before we began Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute.  The more we saw of Michigan during the project, the more we loved her. Michigan does that to people. We hope your love affair with Michigan continues to grow. We hope our artwork helps you to more clearly see Michigan’s beauty, more frequently savor Michigan’s beauty, and more lovingly act to preserve her beauty.