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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 08/05/19
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, OPTIC 2019 was the best OPTIC yet! With our planet's environment changing at a rapid rate, the discussion was more poignant than ever. The four-day imaging event explored the inspiration, techniques, and equipment essential to capturing the great outdoors-with an emphasis on conservation. Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, experienced public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet, Wacom, SmugMug Films, Adobe, FUJIFILM, and Fstoppers, Locardi has visited more than 65 countries, flown nearly 2 million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, NGOs, and tourism agencies on nearly every continent since becoming a full-time photographer in 2009.
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Posted 07/16/19
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, OPTIC 2019 promises to be the best OPTIC yet!  With our planet’s environment changing at a rapid pace, the discussion promises to be more poignant than ever. The four-day imaging event will explore the inspiration, techniques, and equipment essential to capturing the great outdoors—with an emphasis on conservation. At B&H’s Optic 2019, commercial photographer Lanakila “Lana” MacNaughton shares her incredible story of achieving sobriety and developing an intense passion for photography. Lana shoots almost entirely with film, which she says gives her a deeper emotional connection to the subject. Over the past seven years, she has focused on photographing female motorcyclists, documenting and sharing their inspiring stories. Check it out!
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