Nature is big focus for Hermosa photographer

By Jeff Smith

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Laura Adrian, who wears many hats, was at Insideout in Hill City recently promoting her photo prints and cards.

Laura Adrian, who has a background in vocal performance and has had part-time jobs in the area, is trying to make a living doing what she is passionate about: writing, photography and music.

She teaches music and does portrait photography. Her newest venture is selling prints of her photos.

Adrian started getting serious about taking quality photos about two years ago, soon after she and her family moved to the Black Hills where they live on family property near Hermosa. It commenced with a blog she started around the same time.

Her blog contains musings on daily life, the beauty of life and God’s little blessings. When she moved to Hermosa she started to blog.

“I thought it would be fun to document the move,” she said.

Adrian mainly photographs nature, still life and daily life.

“Daily life photojournalism is what I like to call it,” Adrian said.

She has photos of old mining cabins, other rustic buildings and places not too far from where she lives.

Sometimes she has an idea of what she wants to shoot, but a lot of times she doesn’t.

“A lot of pictures are a result of my hiking,” she said.

Adrian and her sister are living in a cabin her grandfather built about 30 years ago.

She grew up in Illinois. Her family moved from a small town in Illinois to an even  more rural area.

“It’s a very different living experience,” Adrian said.

Her family lived in Illinois for about 20 years before the move.

Family is the biggest reason they made the move to the Black Hills.

“We’ve been wanting to move out here as long as possible. My dad’s from South Dakota,” Adrian said.

For about a year, she has sold photo prints and cards at Insideout in Hill City. There are about 20-25 different prints there. She sells cards that are 3 x 5 all the way up to 8 x 7 prints that can be hung up.

A lot of her cards are of Black Hills wildflowers. In the future she would like to be at home more.

“The nice thing about photography and writing is that it has the potential to be home-based,” Adrian said.

She will also work on some homesteading projects.

Adrian will be back in December to perform holiday music at Insideout.

Susan Schierbeck, owner of Insideout, said there are a lot of talented artists in the Black Hills.  She sells items from nine local artists in her shop.

“It’s good for the economy. It’s so critical that it stays here,” Schierbeck said.

When tourists visit, Schierbeck  said, they want to get something to help them remember their trip.

Member artists at Insideout receive 75 percent of the profit and 25 percent is given to the store. Schierbeck said it’s an interesting concept since most galleries require 40-60 percent of the artists’ sales.

It’s common for artists to be in the store for meet and greets. The artists will also teach classes at the store.

People can see Laura Adrian’s photos at songdogphotography.wordpress.com. Her blog is homesteaddiaries.wordpress.com.

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