ABOUT JOHN ZAGER

DULUTH, MN WATERFRONT

HOW IT ALL STARTED


I am a native of Duluth, Minnesota – a busy Great Lakes port city at the western tip of Lake Superior.  I honed my skills on my grandfather’s vintage SLR camera (1970s all manual Minolta SRT 202), capturing the ample scenery of northern Minnesota. This included Lake Superior’s rugged shoreline and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where my family has lake cabins, although fishing in these legendary waters was a significant distraction for me.

Every time I visit my family’s cabin I stop by Jim Brandenburg’s gallery on Sheridan St., in Ely, MN. Photographers like Brandenburg and Art Wolfe inspire me not to just capture images, but also to tell a story. I only hope that I can do justice to the amazing sites that I have seen by inspiring others to explore.

DEVELOPING A PASSION


In 2003 I moved to Tacoma, WA to attend the University of Puget Sound. With is where I developed my love for the thrill of exploration. The ample and diverse scenery of the Pacific Northwest provided endless weekend adventures.

After graduating I moved to Durham, NC where my wife and I lived for 2 years, while she was attending Graduate School. In my short time there, I discovered the awe-inspiring views of North Carolina, from the western mountain ranges to the eastern coastline, and I explored the state as much as possible. While living in the land-locked Piedmont, my focus was steered away from the picturesque lakes and oceans, which I am accustomed to capturing, and I focused my attention on Durham. Specifically on combining photography with the history and story of place, which culminated in the production of “Durham In Changing Light“.

DURHAM IN CHANGING LIGHT

SEATTLE WATERFRONT, FROM A WASHINGTON STATE FERRY ON ELLIOT BAY

WHERE AM I NOW


I am now back in the Pacific Northwest working as a Business Systems Analyst in Seattle. While photography is still a strong passion, it has evolved into a way to artistically document my travels and weekend adventures.  We try to hit the trails, road, or airplane chair most weekends of the year.

As always I am rejuvenated by the adventures, the twists and turns, the unexpected moments good and bad. Generally my camera is along for the ride and occasionally I capture something worth sharing.

More importantly, I try to archive these outings and share my experiences so that others might choose to step outside their comfort zones and dive into their own adventures.

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