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Published November 22, 2012, 12:00 AM

Images of downtown Fargo at night


Christmas lights at Gate City Bank reflect off the hood of a Porsche SUV. I just love the little bursts of light against the hard blacks in this image. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)

  • Christmas lights at Gate City Bank reflect off the hood of a Porsche SUV. I just love the little bursts of light against the hard blacks in this image. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)
  • Two pedestrians walk westward on the sidewalk that runs by the Hotel Donaldson. The wet ground really helped this scene come alive with color and light. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)
  • I took this photograph from the roof of the Forum building. It shows Moorhead's most iconic image, the Hjemkomst Center, with the Stave Church (far left), which is a full scale replica of the Hopperstad Church in Vik, Norway. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)"
  • A Land O'Lakes truck blurs nicely in this image from Main Avenue in Fargo. I set up the camera along the sidewalk that passes the River City Church. I took several from this point, but once I captured this truck, I didn't shoot many more at that spot. I though the odds of something cooler coming by were pretty slim (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)
  • If you're going to take pictures in Fargo, you eventually have to photograph the Fargo Theatre sign, the city's most recognizable image. The chrome on the motorcycle in the foreground offered some colorful distortions of the theater lights. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)
  • This is Broadway, the heart of downtown Fargo. I took this photo on one of the evenings they held "Cruisin' on Broadway," though that event may have already ended by the time I snagged this image. I enjoy the contrast of old and new in this image, the antique car set against the racing-style motorcycles, for example. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)"
  • Behind a west-facing, rain-dotted window in the Forum building, blue Christmas lights on trees outside Gate City Bank blur into abstraction. (J. Shane Mercer / The Forum)