About Hank Erdmann Photography

Hank Erdmann has been a full-time professional photographer since 1980. Hank specializes in natural history and travel photography in North America. His images have been published in numerous calendars, magazines, books, and advertising pieces. His image extensive image library of film and high-resolution digital files are ready for publication. Image use is licensed for one-time usage rights unless negotiated otherwise. Image use fees can be paid by credit card or may be invoiced for payment. Hank teaches photography workshops and seminars and leads phototours for Lake Effect Photographic Adventures, The Morton Arboretum, The Clearing and others. Workshop information is available at www.hankphoto.com. Hank also is available for presentations, programs and public speaking engagements. Contact email: hankphoto@sbcglobal.net, Contact telephone: 815.741.8273
Hank Erdmann is a professional natural history photographer who resides in Will County, Illinois. He has photographed throughout North America, making the Midwest his primary geographic area of interest. A love of history, especially the maritime history of the Great Lakes, kindles a special interest in the ports, shorelines, islands and natural areas of Lakes Michigan and Superior and their surrounding environs. Hank is currently working on a book project on the state of Michigan.

"My photographs are an expression of excitement and joy at seeing a fleeting moment when nature takes light and through color, form, line and texture and creates an image that leaves a lasting impression in my mind. Occasionally, I'm fortunate to record such images on film. Man's involvement with nature sometimes can cause striking images as well. I photograph scenes that show man's enjoyment of nature, his sharing and use of it, his abuse of it, and nature's effects on man made objects.

I try to capture a piece of reality, a brief moment in the history of a subject. When making documentative images, I do not attempt to change nature or portray it as something it is not. I may take a piece of nature out of context, in the spirit of the great Eliot Porter, to make a more powerful statement with impact and interest. I also make other images of nature, images that explore seeing the natural image differently, making photographs of the natural world that go beyond the literal interpretation, using line, shape, form, color, pattern, texture and movement in nature to create more artistic statements"