Picturing Minnesota: New Hope photographer Doug Ohman
For 18 years, New Hope photographer Doug Ohman has helped tell the story of some of Minnesota's historic barns, schoolhouses and churches.

"For me, the camera is just the vehicle to a story," said Ohman.

Ohman's work is featured in a series of six books called "Minnesota Byways" commissioned by the Minnesota Historical Society. It's a chance for Ohman to combine his love of photography and history by documenting some of Minnesota's landmark buildings, for example, Plymouth's Mount Olivet Church along Old Rockford Road.

"The parish goes back to 1863, I mean that's in the heart of the Civil War," said Ohman.
Over his career, Ohman has traveled thousands of miles through Minnesota, and he loves to share the stories behind the pictures. On Wednesday evening, Ohman will share some of those stories when he speaks in Crystal.

"You will meet some of the people I met along the way, as I did these books, and we'll just travel the backroads of Minnesota," said Ohman.

Ohman's documented Minnesota cabins, libraries, and courthouses as well for the book series, and he knows curiosity and a good eye go a long way in exploring Minnesota's backroads.

"If you're willing to be a little bit bold and say, 'Hey, I love your barn, I love the old schoolhouse down the road, I love the church, just ask, and people are so willing to, most of the time, let you explore, take pictures, visit and enjoy."

Alexandra Renslo reporting
Twitter: @alexrenslo

April 7, 2017


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