Photo by Benjamin Olson

Photo by Benjamin Olson


I grew up in Central Massachusetts and the greater New England area.  The more time I spent in the forest, the more I discovered that it was a part of my identity. Wild spaces became a sanctuary for me in my youth and continue to be of the utmost importance to me as an adult. Investigation and discovery in the outdoors led me to pursue a career in natural resource education and management. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts in 2012. I also completed a 1-year environmental education graduate program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Recently, I completed a Master of Arts in Biology through the University of Miami-Ohio and focused on developing my conservation photography skills. Please check out my  Masters Portfolio if you want to learn more. 

In 2013 I moved to Minnesota and joined the team as a naturalist at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.  I stayed on for two years and became deeply rooted and enamored with the north shore of Lake Superior. Today I live in Finland, Minnesota with my wonderful wife, Danielle, and our two cats. I  work full-time as a wildlife technician with the U.S Forest Service and do photography on the side. Much of my work is devoted to sustainably managing natural resources, educating others, and helping to create a more diverse and resilient landscape.

I believe technology can open  a window to wild spaces and the mysteries they hold.  Photography has taught me to interact more intimately with the environment, focus on detail, and to read the stories written in the earth. I am most interested in using my images and the accompanying tales as conservation tools. I strive to spark curiosity in others and help connect folks to the natural world. Images can induce powerful feelings, transfer knowledge, and facilitate informed decisions. 

*Ethics Statement from the Artist*

When I photograph animal subjects, I practice ethics that promote positive human-wildlife relationships. I take precautions not to habituate animals or alter natural behaviors. All animal subjects are wild and free and were not baited or called-in (unless explicitly stated and only under VERY specific instances). I believe truth in captioning is important -- especially in situations such as photographing a captive animal. Check out this wonderful resource by Jaymi Heimbuch on Baiting Wildlife and Truth in Captioning.   

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