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Howard Leu #aphotoaday2020 

Howard Leu

On January 1, 2020, artist Howard Leu followed through, like many of us do at the beginning of a new year, on a resolution he’d set for himself: take one photograph a day, every day, for the coming year. Perhaps for fun, perhaps to hold himself accountable, he posted to Instagram his first image: an enigmatic self-portrait—his eyes steady with brows quizzically raised; the instrument of composition, his camera, offered up to the viewer as an equally worthy subject of consideration; while in the background a sliver of a mirror provides a faint glimpse of a perspective we’re ultimately not permitted. Thematically diverse yet all of a piece, the images that follow in Leu’s photo-a-day project remain true to the dawning vision of this first essential photograph, his invitation to the viewer a balancing act between intimacy and elusivity, and a window into what is clearly a solemn practice. Informed by but never hyperbolized by the dramatic events of 2020, Leu’s project—based in Milwaukee and primarily in the Riverwest neighborhood—lures us into a perpetual loop of looking, as he chronicles and captures with candor and wonder the ordinary moments of an extraordinary year.

Howard Leu is a photographer and curator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. By day, he’s a designer and marketer at Artfluent. The rest of the time, he’s either fly-fishing, road-tripping on his bike, learning to cook all the Korean dishes, or preparing for space travel. An accomplished photographer, Howard’s work has been exhibited in galleries and featured in several local and national publications. He shoots with a Nikon FX DSLR, usually with his favorite 50mm prime lens. He’s also an avid film shooter and has a black-and-white darkroom.

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Water puddle reflecting sunlight under Concrete staircase
Medium sized pitbull mix dog and man in the back seat of a car looking out the window
Man looking in the camera holding a tintype photograph of himself
Woman sitting at a dining table in a Garifuna restaurant in Belize writing in a journal
Man clinging to a bicycle on the back of a golf cart at sundown passing Captain Morgan's Retreat Resort
night view of beach and ocean pier
sandhill crane standing in the ocean near a pier in San Pedro, Belize
lush green forest with a woman wearing a bright yellow rain jacket with a dog on a leash
small church building with a cross over the front entrance
the base of a cieba tree covered in moss in a lush green jungle
A frieze replicated artifact depicting gods and monsters. At the foot of “El Castillo,” name given to this mammoth of a structure, is where the ghost of the stone maiden, Xunantunich, was encountered by nearby villagers in early 1800.
plastic pikachu and a variety of cartoon figures displayed on a table at a street market
metal structure with stored boat trailers
a car parked in front of garage door at night
Blue and red light trails hovering over a fern house plant
Person posing holding up a peace sign standing in front of a display of artwork
man in spotlit stage behind a microphone on a stand holding a guitar
woman with pink hair behind a bar pouring a drink from a metal shaker into a tumbler glass
blue sky with fluffy cloud over a building roof behind chain link fence
three shelves of books in a bookstore
silhouette of a leafless magnolia tree with electrical lines clouds and sun
black and white photograph of snowy landscape with a one story factory building in the background and grey sky
big tree on the snowy bank of Lake Michigan east shore
a woman ducked behind a cabinet with sheet of glass on top
four level shelves with assortment of kitchen pantry items
self portrait of a man in a red v-neck t-shirt and a grey and black striped zip up hoodie sweatshirt with long wavy hair resting on the right side of his head
a pasta bowl with beef stew, including potatoes, carrots, beef, and parsley
water vapor coming out of a chimney with a white and grey sky in the back
a man in the middle of a neighborhood street with a basketball
corner neon sign with the word
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