Bryan Hansel

"To reach my most imaginative state, I try to achieve flow, a total mental immersion in photography creation. The process of using Singh-Ray filters keeps me in the moment and helps me achieve that flow. My photos are better for it."



Bryan Hansel is an award-winning professional landscape, portrait and commercial photographer who was named as one of the top 100 landscape photographers to follow by 121Clicks. He has over 25 years of photography experience with publication credits including National Geographic, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots, Lake Superior Magazine and many more. Bryan also writes a column for Ocean Paddler Magazine.

Bryan started teaching photography workshops in 2006 primarily on the north shore of Lake Superior. He currently teaches workshops on Lake Superior, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in the Badlands National Park. Many of his students return to take all his workshops and he adds new workshops yearly for returning students, such as workshops in Vedauwoo, at Devil's Tower and in western Nebraska. In additional to running workshops, Bryan teaches photography at the North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony. Teaching others how to reap the rewards of photography is one of his passions. He also is a certified coastal kayaking instructor and Wilderness First Responder.

He lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota a short distance from Lake Superior with his partner, Ilena, and son, Apollo.