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Posted 08/05/19
After spending years traveling and documenting cultures around the world, photographer Erika Skogg returned to her hometown in Wisconsin and began to appreciate the deep Scandinavian ties there and in the surrounding communities. With a desire to explore the community's connection to the past, she created a project documenting Scandinavian-American culture in the Upper Midwest United States. At OPTIC 2019, she shared stories from the experience, as well as some photos and tips for those wanting to start a documentary photography project. BIO: Erika Skogg is a National Geographic Explorer who is currently documenting Scandinavian-American culture in the Upper Midwest, United States. She credits her Green Bay, Wisconsin, upbringing for her resistance to freezing temperatures and propensity for exploration. As a travel photographer, Skogg strives to create images that ignite a genuine interest in the unknown, highlight commonalities of the human experience, and encourage fascination instead of fear. By capturing unique attributes of cultures and landscapes abroad, she hopes to inspire the viewer to get up and go!
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Posted 07/29/19
At B&H’s OPTIC 2019, photographer Stephen Wilkes discussed his evolution as a photographer, since he was a teenager. His career has been a series of personal projects that helped him shape his vision and learn that his photographs could inspire change and make a difference. His latest project, Day to Night, looks at a variety of landscapes over a 24-48-hour period, and the changes that take place during that time. For inspiration, motivation, and a few laughs, check out Wilkes’s presentation. BIO: Stephen Wilkes has been widely recognized for his fine art and commercial photography. Wilkes has won numerous awards and honors and continues to exhibit his work in galleries and museums. Wilkes’s newest body of work is titled Day to Night™. He photographs from a fixed camera angle, continuously, for up to 15 hours. A select group of images are then digitally blended into one photograph, capturing the changing of time in a single frame.  Wilkes shoots editorials for major publications, as well as advertising campaigns for many of the country's foremost agencies and corporations.
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