Now that the snow is melting and the ice is finally starting to leave the lake we are excited to announce that Bryan Hansel will be presenting Friday evening and entertaining us for another GLSKS! Known for his excellent photography skills, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!
During the spring and early summer, Bryan Hansel kayaked from Port Huron, Michigan to Grand Marais, Minnesota. His journey took 45 days and covered 800 miles. On the trip, he traversed the two largest Great Lakes, averaged 22 miles a day, paddled in waves taller than a refrigerator, visited Isle Royale and even had pizza delivered to his tent. Bryan is an energetic and engaging speaker who will tell you the tale and exhibit print and digital images from his experience.
For over 25 years, photography has been a passion for award-winning photographer Bryan Hansel. He first learned to master tonality, composition and photographic balance in the black and white darkroom, transferred that knowledge to slide film in the 90s and digital in the 2000s. He’s based in Grand Marais where he takes outdoor family portraits, of which his clients have said, “ Bryan Hansel Photography is a rare find; his skill, creative talent, and professionalism is unmatched in Grand Marais. Working with him for a family photo session was nothing but enjoyable, from the actual session, to the business of receiving the end product.” He also teaches photography workshops in the northland and across the nation. Among the positive feedback that he has received includes, “Every Minnesota photographer should do this to see what our state has to offer.” His images appear in magazines, on book covers, on many website, in brochures and his fine-art prints on the walls of many homes.
I first learned photography in high school. I had an inspirational teacher who taught me how to print photos in the black and white darkroom. The process of making a photo captured my imagination, and I took every class my school offered. By the time I was a senior, my teacher had to create two new private study classes for me, and I designed my schedule so I could spend several hours a day in the darkroom.
After high school, I studied English and religion in college only to return to photography as a hobby after I graduated. I used photography to document my backpacking, climbing and paddling trips. Eventually, I settled down with a “real” job in Iowa City and started taking college-level photography courses which revitalized my love of photography.
It’s so beautiful here. I feel lucky to live here and to be a “Grand Marais photographer.”
When I moved to Grand Marais, I knew I wanted to earn a living from photography. So, I started my own photography business. I started as a real estate photographer, but moved into fine-art landscape, magazine photography, portraits and commercial work. Since then, I’ve won awards for my landscape work and have been included on a list of the top 100+ landscape photographers.
I also teach one-on-one photography lessons and photography workshops. I love teaching photography and hope that by teaching, I can instill the love of photography to my students the same way my high school teacher instilled it in me. I think photography is something that can be learned, and I believe that you can develop photographic talent. I also believe that photographic instruction is essential for getting the most out of photography. With instruction, you will gain confidence, learn to make more effective photos and shortcut the learning process.
I love photographing the Lake Superior shoreline near Grand Marais and the many lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I feel lucky to live in an area with such great beauty, and I hope that my photos help you fall in love with the area, or if you already love it but can’t live here, I hope that my photography fills that longing to return. There’s something about this area that seems to lure people back.
My second love is sea kayaking. I’m an American Canoe Association certified Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, and I’m trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
To see more of Bryan’s amazing work please head on over to his website: Bryan Hansel Photography