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Viewing Nature Photography up close at the Brandenburg Gallery, Luverne, ME

11 Dec
Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As much as I enjoy getting out into Siouxland and photographing places and people and events that I encounter, I also really like viewing photographs that other folk have also created. Back in October on a road trip into southern Minnesota it was completely by happenstance that a friend and I found the Brandeburg Galley in the small community of Luverne, MN. I had not previously visited this community, but had heard about a state park Blue Mounds which is nearby. The park was the destination but then finding a place to eat and wandering about a bit I came across the county courthouse and and also another interesting stone building. A sign said the Brandenburg Galley, and the name didn’t give me pause until I asked someone about photographing inside and the person said sure, Jim would like that. Then the light bulb came on as the name Jim Brandenburg did mean something. Context is everything sometimes, and Brandenburg is famous for his wildlife photography, much of which appeared in National Geographic magazine for which he photographed a number of years. The small gallery is welcoming and with seating one could spend considerable time just sitting and looking at the photographs handing on the wall. Like many, I am awed by various people’s capabilities to capture these nature scenes. And many spend countless hours, days and maybe months on location to make these images. Of course the majority of us don’t have the time or financing to do the same, and more than likely don’t spend the time to really think about or read about what was involved in capturing the images.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Visiting the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A look into Nature in Siouxland, Alex Wiles at the Betty Strong Encounter Center

2 Sep

Photographer Alex Wiles talks about his Flood Plain Project involving the Missouri River at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Alex Wiles is a very accomplished photographer and spent part of a recent Sunday in Siouxland at the Betty Strong Encounter Center sharing his passion of photography which he uses to help illuminate the need for conservation. He has traveled the world seeking to shine a lot on endangered species and share that knowledge with others.

Photographs by Alex Wiles fill an exhibit space as attendees listen how he photographed the animals for his Flood Plain Project involving the Missouri River while giving a demonstration at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Photographer Alex Wiles gives a demonstration to attendees about how he photographed the animals for his Flood Plain Project involving the Missouri River at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Wiles not only explained his project about the Flood Plain, but had also set up a demonstration to share with photographers attending the talk how he goes about photographing these creatures. Working as a freelance photographer and from some grants, he is a bare-boned, simple equipment photographer focused on results and not name brand gear. It was refreshing to see such work being done with minimal dollars invested. Although in recent years third party photography brands have produced some gear that rivals some of the larger known brands but don’t break the bank. So if it’s damaged in the field, it’s easy enough to replace. Although having done freelance work for a few years one tries not to damage gear in the field.

Photographer Alex Wiles explains to attendees how he photographs animals for his Flood Plain Project involving the Missouri River at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And it’s nice to see someone pursue their passion attempt to make a difference, and share that and their knowledge with others along the way.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Photographer Alex Wiles explains to attendees how he photographed some of the animals for his Flood Plain Project involving the Missouri River at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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