W&D with Collin Hughes


This summer, my friend Collin Hughes stopped by to shoot some proper head shots and general apartment photos for an e-zine interview that ended up falling through. I loved the pictures, so I thought I’d post some of my favorites here. Because the e-zine focused specifically on design and music, we shot my “freelance studio” (that tiny desk on the right) and my less-than-impressive “sound system”. Yes, I am one of those women who doesn’t care much for sound systems.

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However, as mentioned in previous interviews, specifically with Turntable Kitchen, I inherited a stack of vinyl records from my father that hold quite a bit of sentimental value. To this day, he gives an inordinate amount of credit to Joni Mitchell for helping him capture the heart of his wife and my mother, Anne Arends. Too shy to ask her out, he lent her a copy of Mitchell’s record, Blue, as a way to guarantee they’d see each other again. That they did, and after bonding over their love for folk music, acoustic guitar, poetry and hiking, my father proposed with a limited edition Taylor guitar. To make this story even more adorable, last month he took the Taylor in for a tune up to find that the serial number revealed the model was so rare, it was one of the few guitars ever made by the hand of THE Bob Taylor. So long story short, what I value most about my music set up are the pieces of vinyl that made my existence a reality.

Photo by Collin Hughes

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So really, I owe Joni Mitchell one. Thanks, Joni.

Photo by Collin Hughes

Photo by Collin Hughes

Back to the photos. After flipping through my newer records and having Collin insist I embarrass myself by playing air guitar with a ruler (NOT PICTURED), we walked to Treehouse Records. This is a record store many music enthusiasts consider a Minneapolis landmark. Located at 26th and Lyndale in south Minneapolis for the past 4 decades, the Treehouse Records legacy started in ’72 as it quickly became the epicenter for the Twin Cities punk scene. Today, they remain a staple in the Twin Cities underground/independent music community and one of the best sources for vinyl in the state.

Photo by Collin Hughes

Photo by Collin Hughes

Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane and a peek into a bit of Minneapolis’ music history. Check out Collin’s work here. He’s an up and coming talent in the editorial world and I guarantee you’ll come to know his work soon. His ‘grams are pretty incredible, too. More photos on the W&D Facebook page.

Photo by Collin Hughes

Photo by Collin Hughes