My name is Ian Hanson, and I am a photographer.

As most children are, I was interested in photographs — but it wasn’t until I joined the yearbook my junior year of high school that I asked for a "real camera" for Christmas.

That was in 2002, and by ’05, I had added my first DSLR to the collection. The film camera was sold two years later in Australia to purchase groceries while I took a semester abroad in Brisbane taking Intro to Photography, Portraiture and The Photographic Nude.

"Ghost Water" by Ian Hanson
"Ghost Water" by Ian Hanson

I received a BFA in Music Theatre Performance, but had realized that my passion truly lay behind the camera. Reading audiences and being in what feels like a performance mode helped guide me through a 10-year career as a wedding photographer in the Southeast Minnesota region. During the off-season, I tried to leave for warmer climates, remote places, and adventure.

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In 2018, on a stiflingly hot, far-too-cramped bus across Tanzania, I decided that I would start my blog. The name of “The Spur Trail” was crafted in an apartment dining room in Lebanon. Inspired by a previous hike the length of the Superior Hiking Trail (from Duluth to Canada), I was realizing a long desire to tell the stories of my off-season adventures. Photography, and the best adventures, are often found straying from the path.

"Yes, I Got Wet" by Ian Hanson
"Yes, I Got Wet" by Ian Hanson

Since the beginning, though I did not know it then, photography has taken me almost everywhere. Had I not chosen to pursue it, or to even own a camera and work with the medium, I can look back and delete nearly all of my good memories. Places, people and experiences were at the hands of pursuing to create another image.

See more work at www.thespurtrail.com or on Instagram @TheSpurTrail.