Chased by the Light – Jim Brandenburg


This special exhibit is on display at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum for the 2015 season.

Renowned nature photographer and Minnesota native, Jim Brandenburg, gave himself a challenge: for ninety days between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, he would make only one photograph a day.

 About the Exhibit

“In autumn I set out to make one photograph—one single exposure—each day for 90 days. I hoped with patience and endurance to renew my vision of the natural world” This is how Jim Brandenburg described his personal search for a new challenge and a hoped-for spiritual renewal after years of traveling the world as an award-winning photographer for National Geographic Magazine.

The “Chased by the Light” photographs were all taken in the deep woods surrounding Brandenburg’s home, Ravenwood, near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. They represent his feelings about the essence of wild places – a raven feather in the rain; a tree marked by a bear; a frosty meadow; lichens; an abandoned beaver dam; a wolf chasing ravens; or the aurora borealis in the nighttime sky. Brandenburg’s photographic journey began at sunrise in a black spruce forest on September 23, 1994 – the beginning of the autumn equinox, and ended on a moonlit lake on December 21st, the longest night of the year.


Chased by the Light A Photographic Journey with Jim Brandenburg

“This Activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.” This exhibit is in cooperation with the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History and the University of Minnesota.

This exhibit is sponsored by Bell State Bank & Trust, Bursch Travel & Henry’s Foods, Inc.

Jim Brandenburg Biography

Jim Brandenburg grew up in Luverne, Minnesota, and went to the University of Minnesota – Duluth majoring in studio art. He then became Picture Editor at the Worthington Daily Globe in southwestern Minnesota. While at the Globe he began freelancing for National Geographic Magazine, and in 1978 became a contract photographer for them. He worked for National Geographic for over 25 years resulting in 19 magazine stories, two television features and photographic work in over 19 books.

Brandenburg currently lives in Ely, Minnesota, where he continues to capture the beauty of nature. He is well known for his wolf photography, but his work features all types of nature subjects. He is the author of three best-selling books “Chased by the Light”, White Wolf” and “Brother Wolf, as well as several children’s books. In 1991, he was the recipient of the prestigious World Achievement Award from the United Nations Environmental Program in Stockholm, Sweden for use of nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment. He was also named a Hasselblad Master in 2002, a Nikon Legend-behind-the-Lens in 2001, and is currently one of Cannon’s prestigious Explorer of Light photographers. Brandenburg has been published in a multitude of national and international publications, as well as being featured on many major television and radio programs.

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