scenes from joburg and the land of 10,000 lakes

I left South Africa for Minnesota for a couple weeks for work. Besides the weather and being away from P and my puppy it’s lovely to be able to see my family, college friends, and high school friends and their babies. I’m going to use one or two of Minnesota’s 15,000+ lakes to do my running around. I brought a long sleeve mositure wicking shirt and fleece just for this purpose but I hope the cold air doesn’t make my lungs burn and turn my lake running dreams into a nightmare. My South Africanized lungs will have some adjusting to do, but I hope they think the cold weather is a fair trade for the  lower altitude.

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}