Steve J Murray [sjmurray]

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BIOGRAPHY
I live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since the late 1960's I've photographed the people, animals, objects and scenery that were in my life. Ever since the 60’s when I first started photographing people, I adopted a style that was more “documentary” than “staged.” In other words, most of my portraits are made when the subject is engaged in some activity such as a party, back yard barbeque, family event, etc. I simply notice when someone is in a well-lit location, then I approach them and wait for recognition that I am there to take a picture. When they look at the camera I snap the image. Usually the person knows me and that I am circulating around with the camera. I try not interrupt their activity but only for a few seconds. In other words, I take snapshots. As for nature and other things, I just look for interesting graphics more than anything.

Country: US

GALLERIES

Landscapes and Things--The Film Years

People

Digital Explorations

One Decade of People: 1970's "Casual Portraits"

House-scapes

Pets

Crosby Farm Park

PHOTOS

Chaotic Forest

Ice Comets

Clouds over Santa Barbara

Sunrise, El Capitan Beach, CA

Logs at Dean's

Redrock area, CA

Bending Shadows

Polly's Garage

Trees at sunrise, El Capitan Beach, CA

Chester Park, Duluth

Fence, North Dakota

Porch detail

Girl

A friend

Peter and Chip

Mike

Outdoor party

Brother and Sister, North Dakota

Friend 2

Regina 1

Ferns near Cascade Falls, MN

Cascade Falls, MN

Trees at Redrock, CA

A party a long time ago

Bill on minibike

Julie

Regina 2

Leah

Debbie

Portrait using window light

PDM

Fall, Crystal Bay

Christmas Day 2001

Shore, Leach Lake MN

Boundry Waters Canoe Area, MN

smokestack

Water tank 3

Water tower

My Paternal Grandfather

My Maternal Grandfather

Coffee pot

Daughter and friends

Nick climbing at Cascade Falls, MN

Chair with shadow

Curtain with shadows

Bill with cigarette, 1969

Piling on the sled

Nick at Split Rock Lighthouse

The "Olive Street" Gang

Hanging Around

Dean at work

Downtown Minneapolis on a hot night, late '60's

The Actress

Karen

Regina, again

OK, Here's me in '72.

El Capitan Beach, CA Sunrise

Wine glasses

Silver Bowl, repost

Jennifer

Wine glass close up

Jenny at 3 weeks old with Mom

Jenny at about 4 years old

Jenny at about 13

Jennifer July, 2003

The Caricature Booth

The Wild Thing ride 3

North Shore Lake Superior

Fall on the Mississippi, near St. Paul, MN

Window detail

Dana

Stumps, Crosby Lake

Cattails, Crosby Lake

Ryan

Jenny, Impromptu

Mike at the sports car races

Portrait of a guitarist

Wendy

Chip

Bruce in his hand made coat

Debbie in a tunnel

Wendy again

Norton

Grampa U

Chris

Springtime is for lovers

Cindy

Practice at Kelly's greenhouse

Mary and Daughter

Girl at Mpls Institute of Art, 1971 Avedon exhibit

Bob

Cindy running

Girl by a Christmas tree

Chris again

Neighbor and kin

Christmas 1969

Little girl on a farm

Engagement Photo

4th of July weekend, 1970

Dutton

Guy with great hair

Dut

Teak

Chris, 4th of July Party

"Heavy" Conversation

Whoa!

Walkin' down the road

Roger

Self Portrait 1972

Buddies

Hank

Big Mike

College girl

Girl on a rock

100 year old man

Woman in wheel chair

Hallway Greeting

Ed

Cora

Winnie showing off her biceps

Taking a rest

Rafi

"GTO"

Dead wood by the Mississippi

Tree with roots

Plant Detail

Tree roots with Fall leaves

Amalia 1

Amalia 2

Ashley

Smokestack in winter

Jennifer, cropped version

Co-worker in the hallway

Salute

Vanishing Truck

Son receiving the Flag

"No Photos Allowed"

Girls watching free concert at the Mall

Jenny a few years ago

Stumps revisited

Just Past the Marina

Lily by the tree

Weeds and reflections

Tree roots by the Mississippi

Path by Crosby Lake at sunset

Making Pollen

African Daisy and friend

Clara and Jenny, Black and White

Joel Truckenbrod

Jennifer

Jennifer July 12a

Jennifer July 12c

Jennifer July 12b

Jennifer-Studio shot 2

Riverside and 29th

Dead Tree by the River

Mud from low water on the river

Downtown St. Paul from the Wabasha Bridge

Woods in Crosby Park

Dead Tree by the River

Norton

Dead tree by the river

Favorite Dead Tree Close Up

Lily relaxing

Crosby Woods in morning light

Winter in the woods (last year)

Birds in Snow

The Color of Light

Storm Sewer Pipe by the River

Jenny outdoors

Dean: rest in peace buddy

Little brother, late 70's

Connie and Jenny, just born

Neighbor in the early 80's, John

Sophia, our friend's Italian Greyhound, sitting in a patio chair.

New condos in the neighborhood

Nicholas

Edna's clothes drying on the line

Downtown St. Paul from the High Bridge

Nicholas

Lily

Jennifer

Stove

Microwave Window

Morning Coffee

Basement Faucets

Porch Chair

Patio chairs at night with floodlight on

Dishes drying in the sink

Clothes basket in the basement

Sunflowers in the yard

Piano/Living Room

Kitchen Door

Bay Window

The Pianist

Summer Scene

Playground

Back Steps

Stove Nic-nacks

Monty on the patio in the Fall

Curiosity

Geese

Escalators, Mall of America

Mall Life

Finches having breakfast

Crosby Lake Winter Ice

Kitchen door curtain in the sun

Shorty and Monty

Downtown St. Paul pano

Abandoned building by the Mississippi

Abstraction

Winter is not over yet!

Fence by the River

After the Snowstorm

Bridge Structure

Lily Sleeping on the Couch

Old Building by the Mississippi

Park Benches

Close up of old buiding

Dennis

"Steel Venom" ride at the amusement park

Winter, 1973 or thereabouts

Natural Woman

Beach Girl, Santa Barbara,1972

Jennifer, Easter 2006

St Paul at sundown

Crosby Lake, Early Evening: West Trail

Pines

Mississippi Riverbank

Power Plant

Duck and Barge Pole

Sand, Water and Clouds

River Scenery

Ella

Old Grain Elevator and Mooring Poles

Shorty

Monty

Lily

Engaged

Wedding Day

Orange

Jen

Graduation Party

Summer Smile

Jenny at a party

New Year's Eve, 1969

Roomate's family, 1972

Mary B, 1969

Nick

Girl with Ball

"Floating" Flowers

Shorty

Tim

The Graduate

Dry Summer

Moses and Mike

Bike Rider in the Park

Sophia

Looking out

Cooper's Hawk

Jenny--Studio Shot

Choleas

Pepper

Hooks on Truck

Sunflower

Grain Silos

Sundown on the Meadow

River at Sunset

Mike and Mona

Dean, black and white version

"Bobbie"

Lily

Marsh

Mother and Daughter

Clara

Jenny in the back yard

Truck in Parking Lot with Snow

Jennifer

Dad

Bobbie

Leah

Ice on Bathroom Window

Cold Day

Rachel

Rachel

Snow

Power Plant

House in Snow

Polar Bears

Polar Bear

Pregnant Monkey

Contemplation

Watching the Animals

Graham, Easter 2007

Dragon Eye

Nick

Jennifer

Sisters

Chocolate Face

Chocolate Face

Celia

Celia

Celia

Mom and Daughter

Shannon

In the Woods

Kiss the Bride

Flower Girl

Jenny, close up

Graham

Candid Portrait

Woody, Jason and Mickey, 1970

Multi-planes of Existence

Amber

Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln and Lydia

Lincoln

Lydia and Lincoln

Erie Street

Lincoln

Nap Time

Lydia

Lincoln watching birds

Lydia

Forest Leaves

Lincoln posing in a beer box

Lincoln, 7 months old

Toes

Girl at birthday party

"Merlin"

My Honey, 1980's

Deer tracks by the Mississippi

Lydia and Lincoln in Bathroom Window

Lydia and Lincoln in the bathroom window

Smell This

Couple enjoying the park

Totally Relaxed

Merlin

Tree Roots

Clara and Jeff's Wedding

Clara and Jeff

Jenny Thanksgiving 2008

Wedding Buffet

Ezra

Small Lake, Crosby Park at sunset

Sisters

Peter and Anne

Sisters

Lucy-Grad Party

Angelina

Old Schmidt Brewery

Old Schmidt Brewery, B&W

Lydia

Lincoln "all grown up"

Chloe

Jenny Easter 2007 Candid

Spring Scene Crosby Lake

Uncle Basil

Tiger

Jennifer

Steve

Jenny 2007

Lincoln

Nude, 1970's

Shadows on the Patio

Tree blown down during storm

Whitney

Whitney

Whitney

Lydia

Uncle Basil 2010

Garden Leaves

The graduate and friends

First Book

Wedding reception

Wedding reception

Chloe's graduation

Zinnia leaves

Back yard Fuschias

Peter

Lily

Lily

Lydia

Rowen

Riley

Elsie

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20111029_crosby13

Amy and her kids

Sophia

Lincoln up close

Monty

Beaver's Work

Beaver Lodge

High water line on trees

frozen

drainage pipes-frozen water

Winter in the Woods

Lydia watching the dark

Jen by Window 2

Lincoln

Lydia

City Cat

Lydia silhouette

Tree sculpture

Lydia

Cutting Board

"Momato"

Pepper #18

Pepper # 18 ripe

Ripening Pepper

Winter Squash

Summer Bounty

Self Portrait

Ella, Lincoln and Lydia's grandmother

Ellie, Lincoln and Lydia's mother

Lydia

Kids Fishing

canyon4

canyon

Canyon, Crosby Park

dead tree on the river

rower on the river

My grand daughter, Iris

My grand daughter, Iris

Bowls in the cupboard

Lydia posing in chair

Bowls with bounce flash

Nick with new beard

Crop of same shot

Our new guy, Gus

Axe cut tree

Spring in the woods

Cut tree branch

Crosby Woods Spring

ike

ike2

tree sculpture

Dead Tree revisited

lily in the woods darker version

Gus looking through the screen

Mark walking his dog

Jenny, Mark's dog

My grandaughter Iris, one day old

Bowl of cherry tomatoes

Crosby Park April 2005

Crosby Park May 2005

Tree at Sunset

Biking Club in the Park

2005 Monty and Shorty

Lily 2006

Lily on Crosby trail

Jennifer

Connie, Jennifer's mother (my wife)

Go Go (that's his name!)

Clara and Jenny 2005

hoya fungii buds

hoya fungii flowers

Edna's clothesline

The Voyeur

Family Reunion Pic

Family Reunion Pic

Family Reunion Pic

Family Reunion Pic

Family Reunion Pic

Family Reunion Pics

Family Reunion Pic

Mom and her kids, mouths open

Grandma and grandchild

Two Guys at a Family Reunion

Cousins

Brothers

Reminiscing

Coleus

Fire trucks on the Block

Kim's vines

Flowers plus wind 2

Flowers plus wind

Hosta plant buds ready to open

Pepper on White

Lily

Chloe and Frog

Chloe

Iris

Chloe and Iris

All ready for bed

The Monster Next Door

Iris playing

Felix

Felix- a serious boy

Pepper

Iris in the grass

Iris

Crosby Lake Sunset, Fall

Crosby Lake Sunset, Fall

Crosby Park, Fall

Crosby Park, Fall

Crosby Park Stream

tree roots

winter riverside ave

mpls skyline

Cooper's Hawk in the back yard

river logs2

river logs6a

river logs4

Crosby Park Stream

Evening on the Mississippi

Tree with Roots

Iris, 9 months

Park in the Spring

Jenny reading to Iris

Cousin Laurie

Ken

Lost in Thought

Recycling Pile

Granddaughter Iris

Gus at the breakfast table

Schefflera in Window

Kitchen Curtains macro

Ike

Schefflera with Sunlight Pattern

towels2

towels 4

Civil Ceremony

Gus

Lydia in the Bay Window

Neighbor's House

Iris watching music videos with grandma

Jeff

Trees by the Mississippi

Iris with Uncle Nick

Granddaughter Iris with Easter Egg

Iris

Dead Tree on the River

Crosby Lake Western Trail

Crosby Lake Western Trail

Crosby Lake Western Trail

Spring Colors Along Shepard Road

High Water on the Mississippi

Flooded Woods

Past The Marina 2014

Fort Snelling, Spring (2005)

Reflections

Past the Marina 2

Dandelion

Jared

Lydia Behind the Screen

Past the Marina update 2

Past the Marina update 1

Ike

Jared

The enthusiasm of a toddler

Geometry in the Back Yard

Nature's Textures

Trail by the Lake

Nick (my son)

Denise

Pond at Basil and Astrid's

Denise, blurred background

High Bridge--remake

Tiger

Winter Smokestack

Side Door

High Bridge

High Bridge Detail

My Street

Iris at High Bridge Park

Iris at High Bridge Park

Iris at High Bridge Park

Iris at High Bridge Park

Iris playing in the backyard pool

Iris playing in the backyard pool

Iris

Storm Clouds Over St. Paul

Barges under the High Bridge

Cobwebs

Cobwebs and dust

Old Fort Snelling/ Dead Tree

Urban Dune 2

Pepper (4)

Pepper (2)

Pepper (1)

Pepper (5)

Leaves in the Garden

Intricacies

Fuscias

Iris

Lydia under the table

Peppers from the Garden

Dressed for Fall

Iris at Great Grandma's

Neighbor cat Tiger resting on our porch

Last Rose of the Season

Jennifer @ 2003

John 1970's

Mississippi at dusk

Driftwood on the Mississippi

Graham, Thanksgiving

Nick, Thanksgiving

Downtown St. Paul

Ezra

Neighbor cat

"Concentration"

High Water 2005

High Water on the Mississippi

Graham and Iris

Gus

Tiger on his porch

Fort Snelling on the Mississippi

Gilbert

Smokey

Iris

Reflective Moment

Bell Pepper

Jennifer

Phoebe

Iris watching a video

Relaxing on the Porch

Iris on the swing

Serious

Evening in the back yard

Iris on the porch

Iris on the porch

Iris on the porch

Iris in the front yard

Neighbor kids lookin' for yard work

Broken Glass Bowl

Broken Glass Bowl

Broken Glass Bowl

Broken Glass Bowl

Shoreline, Mississippi

Mississippi driftwood

Sunset in the woods

Mississippi driftwood

Woods at Sundown

Fallen Trees

Evening in the woods

Evening in the Woods

Roots and Reflections

Spring Evening in the Woods 2005

Sundown on the River 2005

Evening, Crosby Lake 2005

Cat Tails, Crosby Lake 2005

Crosby Lake Spring 2005

Repetition

Vertical Vines

Crosby Woods

Cascade Falls, MN

Geometry in the Woods

Evening Late Summer

Arching Trees

Evening Crosby Lake

Early Spring 2014 Mississippi

Iris on the Porch

Dead Wood on Shore 2005

Broken in the Storm

Canyon 2005

Dead Tree on the Mississippi

Driftwood on the Mississippi

Trees

Signs of Fall

Dead Tree

Dead Tree

Evening Riverbank

Dead Wood

Evening on the Mississippi

Driftwood

Damage

On the Trail

Woods in the evening light

Mississippi River at dusk

Tree Roots

Trees on the Beach

Tree on the Beach

Iris

Duck

Wonder

Unused Tracks

Fishermen

Iris

Fall Textures

Fall Textures

Evening Light at the Boat Landing

Fall Colors

Fall Evening on the Mississippi

Evening Trail in the Fall

Fall Reflections

Vines 2

Vines

Pond

Trees

Fall Reds

Fall Woods

Fall Woods

Favorite Trail

Spring 2013

Fall, Woods, Water

Fall, Woods, Water

RR Bridge over the Mississippi

Dried Plant

Dried Plant in the Woods

Lydia

Iris at breakfast

Fall on the Mississippi

Window, 1970's

Garden Flowers

Lydia

Iris

Candid, bounce flash

Candid, no flash

Iris and Jennifer making Cookies

Jennifer 2005

Shorty

A girl and her dog

A girl and her dog

Close up

On the Porch

Lydia

Lydia

Two Sleepy Heads

Iris Playing with Blocks

Ken

Jennifer

Connie

Jay

Nick

Eddie

Eddie and Grace

Grace

Smokey, neighbor cat

Connie 2011

Iris with Play Doh

Iris with Play Doh

Iris with Play Doh

Nick

Crosby Woods

Fall Crosby Lake

Throwing rocks at the boat landing 2005

Leaf close up

Lydia

Gus

Bay Window

Ice Sickles

Iris and Violet

Iris with Sun in her Hair

Edna's Porch

Rain in February

Gus

Mirabel

Mirabel

Bridge with Snow

Mother and Daughter

Cat in Red Chair

Milan

Iris sleeping on the couch

Early Spring in the Woods

Early Spring in the Woods

Early Spring in the Woods

Nick 2007

Spring Reflections

Spring Reflections

Jennifer

Jennifer

Princess Dress

Foam on the Mississippi

Crosby Woods Stream

Reflections in the Stream

Iris visits Edna

Iris

Girl on the Run

Crosby Backwater

Fallen Tree in the Woods

Fallen Tree in the Woods

Crosby Woods Backwater

Fallen Tree in the Mississippi

Trees by the River

Evening Light

Iris in Sparkly Dress and Hat

Iris in Sparkly Dress and Hat

Uprooted Tree on the riverbank

Dead Tree

"Troll House"

Tree Roots

Snow Storm

Evening by the River

Dead Tree in Winter

The Dance of Spring

Grape Vine on Tree

Abstract Art in the Bush

Fallen Trees

Play

Iris

The Singer

Silhoutte

Beach Art

Tree Roots

Sand Rituals

Iris

Lydia demostrating her flexibility

Chip 1968

Lili 1970

Markedia 1980

North Shore Lake Superior

Dead Tree Detail

Dead Tree Detail

Family Snapshot 1953

One Red Tree

Jennifer 2008

Edna and Tiger

Flashing Lights

Morning Moments

Morning Moments

Lincoln and Lydia

Lincoln

What's That?

Mississippi Driftwood

Mississippi Driftwood

Mississippi Driftwood

Mississippi overflow region

Crosby Woods

Fall Colors

Park Benches

Chance Arrangement

Grace

Lydia

Iris 2015

Kim's vines in Winter

Kim's vines in Winter

Kim's vines in Winter

Vines

Pods

Light Play

White Pants

Oranges and Apples

Frost on the Car

Frost on the Car

Iris

Iris

Granddaughter

Who Me?

untitled

Summer Girl

Iris

Child at rest

High Water on the Mississippi

High Water with Duck

Crosby Park Woods

Mike

Santa Barbara Breakwater, 1972

Me, 1970

Iris

Enjoying a book

Reunion

Evening on Crosby Lake

Lydia

Lydia Portrait

Iris, casual portrait

Morning cup of coffee

Garden in the snow

Parking Garage

Spring in the Woods

Iris

Lydia sleeping on the red cushion

Girl at the Minnesota Renaisannce Festival

The girl in the red hat

Buddy waiting for Spring

Iris, Wednesday Morning

untitled

Profile of George Washington

Fall on the Saint Croix River

Iris

Ice on bathroom window

Red Bell Pepper

Lakotah

Best Friends

Day Lily

Caterpillar on the sidewalk

Iris, Fall photo

Connie 1982

Lakotah

Nick

Allium Flower

Zinnia flower

Clouds

Tree by the Mississippi

Tree by the Mississippi