January 17, 2017 by Eric Hanson General 0

A Rotten Walnut and the Key to Success

My generation struggles with patience. Many of my peers and I spend a little time working hard, and then we expect the rewards and recognition to follow almost immediately. We are easily frustrated by a slow and steady approach, especially when the Internet is readily throwing examples of the super-fast super-successes in our face. At family gatherings I often hear stories about how dirt poor my grandma’s family used to be growing up in the Dakotas. For example, one year my grandma received a walnut as her lone gift for Christmas. But when she opened it, the walnut was rotten on the inside. That was a rough year.

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January 2, 2017 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 7

Best of 2016

Whew, it’s been quite a year. It can be easy to forget all the amazingness one year can contain. So I decided to go through and cull my favorite images I shot this year. Some of these you may have seen, and others this is their first time seeing the light of day. If you have a favorite, please let me know in the comments below! Without further ado…

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December 29, 2016 by Eric Hanson General 2

Get to Work

I’ve been consuming a lot of Tim Ferriss knowledge/wisdom the last few months. On a hike over the summer my brother told me about a podcast in which *Tim Ferriss interviews the world’s most successful ________ (i.e. entertainers, athletes, investors, etc.) to get into their mindset and the minutiae of their daily habits and philosophies. It’s fascinating stuff. I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of his work earlier. I bought my brother a copy of his latest book, Tools of Titans, a hefty tome of distilled wisdom of all his 200+ interviews. I tried to speedread it in the four days leading up to Christmas, which was unsuccessful. So after Christmas, I bought myself a copy. As I read in front of a roaring fire last night, a nugget stood out to me from the musician Justin Boreta: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work. (I believe) that things will grow out of the activity itself and you will – through work – bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great “art idea.’”

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December 28, 2016 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 0

My Best Professional Decision of the Year

Most people dream of leaving the office behind and working from home. As a freelancer, I have the opportunity to work from anywhere. But this year I decided to start renting an office. And I believe it has had a greater impact on my work and quality of life than anything else I’ve done. Here’s why: I decided working from my couch in my professional attire (sweatpants) was not a good idea for me. Even though an office would create an additional financial burden I wasn’t sure I could afford, I decided the move was worth it for a few specific reasons. I wanted to create a separation of work life and home life. I wanted to have a space that was specifically for creativity and work. I wanted to be around other people in my industry, not only for networking, but to see how others operate and to learn from them. And I wanted to force myself into greater motivation and efficiency. Let’s go into each one a little bit more. I intentionally raised the stakes.

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September 3, 2016 by Eric Hanson General, Uncategorized 0

A Plea for Wild Places

To the decision makers in the Navajo Nation Council, I understand you are considering the future of a portion of the Grand Canyon, one that would irrevocably change not only the physical landscape but the spirit of the canyon as well. I know that you will weigh your options, and choose the course that is in your people’s best interests. But I ask that you consider my voice, as well as the voice of many outsiders, who believe that the Escalade Project would be nothing short of a tragedy. Just last week, I was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Upon my return to the bustling world above the rim, I learned of the news that the Escalade Project has officially been proposed. My name is Eric Hanson. I am a photographer in Flagstaff, Arizona. And the Grand Canyon has played a significant role in shaping who I am. I wrote the following as a response to learning the news about the Escalade Project. A Plea for Wild Places For eight days, life was as beautiful as one could ask for. I fell asleep each night under the stars as the Milky Way passed overhead. Each morning I woke […]

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