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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 06/08/17
N ational Geographic photographer Alison Wright specializes in documenting traditional cultures around the world through her portraits of people. She was named National Geographic Traveler of the Year, in 2013, and her photographs illustrate the passion and purpose she brings to her mission. In this video, Wright shares some of her travel stories, in addition to her insights about how she approaches people from all walks of life and makes them feel comfortable in front of the camera. Wright also explains how to use composition, gesture, emotion, and lighting to capture a meaningful photograph. Learn how your camera can become a window into the lives of others and how to create a universal human connection through an image.
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