Photography of the places we fish, hike and ski in Grand County |

Photography of the places we fish, hike and ski in Grand County

by Cyndi McCoy
Fraser, Colorado

Lynn Hanna thinks of himself more of a “hobbyist” than an artist. But his photos show what his modesty hides.

A sample of his work is on display at the Fraser Valley Library through the end of the month. Many of the pictures are examples of why he kept coming to the area on vacation and “just didn’t leave one time.”

Hanna has a knack for capturing the best of what the area has to offer ” alpine landscapes, animals and recreational adventure.

“Everybody calls this art, but I like to call it hiking with my dogs with a camera in my backpack,” he said. Some of the scenes, because of development, won’t be around much longer.

A hot air balloon launch, a simple walk in the woods with dogs ” Hanna’s work, he said, is just memories of where people fish, bike, hike or ski. The photographs are set in custom frames he makes with recycled wood from old pallets, barn wood or tongue-in-groove (he gladly accepts scrap donations).

The hot air balloon photos are some of his favorites and he’s glad to call the Grand Adventure Balloon Tours and Moose Airways owners friends. He said each time he has the chance to fly, “It is always something new and the morning light is great.”

Hanna had always enjoyed the work of Ansel Adams and area artist John Scotts, and the shots in magazines like Powder, Backcountry and favorite Rolling Stone made him ask himself “how do they do that?”

He estimates he’s taken well over 3,000 photographs and about 20 of them are at the library. It is the varied spectrum of light that is most prominent in Hanna’s work. He’d like to capture more wildlife pictures, but like on his fishing trips, his dogs scare away subjects. He said he is also looking forward “to some ski footage of friends in powder up to their ears.”

He said there just wasn’t as much of that picturesque panorama around growing up in Iowa and that he still catches himself staring off his deck at the mountains. He left the corporate life after numerous years (with Pharmore stores and golf courses nationwide) and has made Grand County his home for the past nine years.

He took publicity shots for many of the golf courses that he helped build, and started taking notice of his growing passion about seven years ago. That “perfect shot” he doesn’t think really exists, but the beautiful thing is that everyone has different tastes.

When he visited the Fraser library to donate a photograph, librarian Stephanie Miller told him there was a gallery and that he should put his work on display. He timidly agreed to his first art exhibition. He said it is “very weird” to see his photographs on display or when he is stopped by people who tell him they like his work.

“Photography is personable and I feel almost embarrassed when folks enjoy them,” he said. “Is that goofy or what?” The only goofy thing, however, is that it took him this long to recognize the potential.

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