minnesota love (free print downloads)

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

{minnesota nice}

     Living in South Africa (or anywhere that’s not your original home) you inevitably end up explaining where you’re from several times over. For P there’s a straightforward answer- he’s from Minnesota. He was born there, his paternal great grandfather even founded a city there, and his entire extended family is scattered between Minnesota and Wisconsin. For me it’s not SO simple, I can never bring myself to say that I’m only ‘from’ one place. While I spent 12 years of my young and formative years there I will never only be from Minnesota. I was born in India, my parents grew up in India, my extended family lives scattered across the globe, and I’ve lived in lots of cities that have made an equal or bigger impression on me.
     That’s why this week I’m working on a series of illustrations in Photoshop to print out and frame for a gallery wall in our living room. It will be different places that we’ve called home (both together and seperately) . For us that’s: Calcutta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison, Boston, New York City, Berlin and finally Johannesburg. Stay tuned over this week and next for some free art downloads I’m making to represent each place. 
     I’m checking Minneapolis/St. Paul and their suburbs off the list first with 5 illustrations of Minnesota. Feel free to save, print, and use these images in your own home or on your macbook/iPad/iPhone backgrounds. 
     **These are small versions, if you would like the full size jpeg please click on any of the pics. for private use only, these images are NOT licensed for commercial use. Thank you. 
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{minnesota: simple}
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{simple, inverted}
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{favorite famous minnesotans}
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{favorite famous minnesotans, inverted}
 

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  6. Asalamu Alaykom,

    Very funny that I should happen on this blog. I was looking for a photo of a mosque at sunrise. I chose yours and credited you on my blog. I started looking around at your beautiful life (mashahallah) and then discovered the Minnesota connection. I’m also from the Twin Cities though I’m years older than your hub. I’ve been in Egypt the last (almost) four years. Moving to different countries can make you miss home but it can also distill what exactly IS home. I don’t think that Minnesota is still my home. It’s less and less so every year. Yet, I am proud from whence I came. Nice to Paul Wellstone at the top of the state, God bless him. On this first day of Ramadan, I wish you and your hub all the best. South Africa has some very nice people and I’m sure they are making you feel at home there.

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