late-night-cafe-35368_staatsThis past weekend I participated in an exhibit at the Minneapolis Photo Center titled “Dress Rehearsal.”  I was one of six photographers displaying new work.  The exhibit room was beautiful, the work being shown was diverse and interesting, and the people that attended had a grand time seeing a collection of unique photographs — a great success all around.  This is one of my new images that drew a lot of attention.  “Late night cafe” was photographed in Ashland, Wisconsin.  The image was made at night, after the cafe had been closed and certainly cleaned.  The floor, tabletops, and counter were all spotless, glowing with the reflection of the neon sign that hung behind the counter.   Everything was poised and waiting quietly for the early morning staff to arrive, the breakfasts to be started, the coffee to begin brewing, and the hungry crowd to gather around the tables and counter to start their day once again.