Bryan Hansel is a Grand Marais, Minnesota based landscape photographer that was suggested by Behind the Shot viewer Robert Ferdinandt, who said:
“His work is fantastic and his instagram feed is a must follow for landscape lovers. One of the things I love about him are his shots in weather. I also live in northern MN and know just how cold it gets and when it’s -20 degrees fahrenheit I will see him out shooting and it just inspires me to brave the cold and keep shooting.”
I was sold by the first line, and the -20 degrees part just locked it in – I needed to talk to Bryan.
Saying Bryan is an award winning photographer doesn’t seem to come close to describing him, or his work. With a career spanning over 25 years Bryan has had credits in National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Lake Superior Magazine, National Park Traveler, Ocean Paddler, Canoeroots, Adventure Kayak, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Backpacker Magazine and more. I was surprised to find out that he opened his photography business as a Real Estate photographer, before moving towards fine-art landscapes, magazine work, portraits, and commercial work.
As an educator Bryan leads workshops that give his students access to some of the best, and often unknown, locations in the northland and across the nation.
His minimalistic approach to his composition leads to images with a strong impact, and again, he is taking many of these in extreme conditions.
Join landscape photographer Bryan Hansel and me on this episode of Behind the Shot as we discuss his beautiful image of a cold Minnesota sunrise.
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