TWiP TALKS – Adventure and Landscape Photography with Erin Babnik

In this interview I speak with Erin Babnik about her travels and landscape photography. As well as how she transitioned from higher education to workshops. We also discuss her passion for driving that “epiphany moment” with her students as well as her alter-ego as “Indiana Jones”.

Photo Cascadia Team Member: www.photocascadia.com

Erin Babnik is known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, writer, and speaker. Her ambitious and expressive style of landscape photography brings together an unusual integration of adventurous exploration, progressive techniques, and formal education in the arts. In her writing and public speaking, Erin explores topics with a unique blend of art historical, philosophical, and instructional ideas, an approach that has made her one of the most notable voices among the current generation of landscape photographers.

Erin’s dedication to the medium of photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian, photographing at archaeological sites and in museums for the purposes of teaching and research. She first started experimenting with photography creatively in art school, working with both film and early digital cameras to explore the potential for photography to communicate ideas in graphic design projects. While working on her Ph.D. dissertation in Art History some years later, she began to produce photographs with the kind of dedication that would result in a high level of both intention and technique. Her goal of producing a high-quality archive of photographs for educational purposes ultimately led to the pursuit of compelling images as ends in themselves.

Erin subsequently spent years producing photographs on assignment before transitioning to her current focus on wilderness photography. Erin now travels worldwide to teach photography workshops and to give talks about her work and about the genre of landscape photography. Erin is also a member of the illustrious nature photography team Photo Cascadia.


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