Simply Irresistible

 An approaching storm was the inspiration for this shot by St. Louis Park photographer Jeff Liss.
Photography and writing have followed Jeff Liss throughout his many careers.
An approaching storm was the inspiration for this shot by St. Louis Park photographer Jeff Liss.

Photography is more than just a hobby for Jeff Liss; he considers it his passion. This St. Louis Park resident, who studied mass communication in college, has been taking pictures since 1972, and is never without a camera.

When he does not have his DSLR, Liss always carries a Canon point-and-shoot in his pocket. Being prepared at any moment can lead to shots like this one, a finalist in the 2013 Picture the Park contest.

One late spring day in 2013, Liss was leaving an event at St. Louis Park High School when he saw dark clouds closing in on the small patch of blue sky that remained. He describes the scene as dramatic. “It just grabbed my eye. I couldn’t resist,” Liss says.

Though Liss has been taking pictures for over 40 years, he says his love for photography has yet to wane. “You can’t be perfect in photography,” he explains. “It’s always challenging, and you’re always growing.”

In his years taking pictures, Liss has enjoyed photographing architecture and nature, but his favorite subjects are people. “I used to work for a college newspaper, so taking pictures of people is in my blood,” he says.

Liss also has 16 years of experience in advertising as a copywriter and 17 years teaching fifth and sixth grade, with photography and writing following him throughout his careers. Now that Liss is retired, he continues to practice photography and spends his time writing humor or philosophy pieces.

“I’m not a bored retiree,” he says with a laugh. “But I am enjoying the relaxed pace.”