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Jim Brandenburg Photography
Ravenwood Studio

Minnesota's gift to the world of wildlife and nature photography

 

After years of working around the world with National Geographic magazine, in 1994, Minnesota-based photographer Jim Brandenburg challenged himself as never before. In the 90 days between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, he would take only one photograph each day.

The result was Chased By The Light, the phenomenal book of his journey through the seemingly familiar landscapes near his northwoods home in Ely, Minnesota. The images stayed in boxes in his studio for more than five years before becoming an hour-long PBS special that first aired in 2003. The entire image collection, including previously unreleased outtakes, are now available with the hour-long video special on DVD.

Brandenburg also learned much about himself and his profession as he completed the self-assignment during that seasonal change we all must endure in the transition from fall to winter. As he wandered the wilderness, he asked himself what was actually worth photographing? Would he be able to look at familiar terrain with eyes and heart that were open enough to see new images? These issues and more are explored within the covers of the book and in his narration on the soundtrack of the DVD.

The project created momentum of its own and has since spawned a sequel, Looking for the Summer, released in 2003.

Brandenburg may be best known for his photography of the wolves who live in the million-acre Boundary Waters wilderness area near his Ely home. Ely is also the location of the National Wolf Sanctuary, and over the years, Brandenburg's thoughtful and sensitive photography has shown us these amazing, intelligent, and beautiful animals in many seasons. He created an hour-long special for National Geographic titled White Wolf and wolves remain a favorite subject.

But Brandenburg also has an eye for the natural beauty of the northern Minnesota landscape where he makes his home and where he runs a gallery with is wife and daughter. While he continues to travel and photograph for National Geographic magazine and other outlets, with the arrival of the Internet, Brandenburg has taken to the Web with a site that shows the full range of his image-making activity. Be sure you have a Flash plug-in for your browser to enjoy the engaging series of slides in the opening home-page movie. Then click through the rest of the site to learn more about this quiet photographer and his ethereal work. It's one of the best time-outs you'll find anywhere.

 

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