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.
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.
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.
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.