Matt Hanson: The Essence of an Ironman

This is a project I’ve been really excited about sharing and I wanted to be sure to give y’all an early taste here on the blog to begin with! I had this idea based on a few different experiences over the past year, as well as some different advice I had gleaned over the past few years of watching and studying some of my favorite photographers. This idea in particular came from a study I’ve been doing on Platon and the simplicity and complexity he is able to create within his portraits. They are typically very simple in terms of lighting, background, and subject matter, but obviously captivating and extremely complex when you begin to study them more and more closely. Pair that with a piece of advice from Tim Tadder that has always stuck with me from the quick session he did on CreativeLive a few years ago: “Google the person or the subject you’re going to shoot and see what’s NOT there; and I came up with the idea of the Essence of an Ironman.

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With that said, here’s a quick selection of some of the images we captured and put together along with a quick behind the scenes video from the entire morning of shooting. A huge thank you to Matt for putting up with my tediousness on this one and getting in there and killing it for me for a few hours! It’s always awesome to get to work with a talented athlete, but its truly a pleasure to work with such a genuine human being. Keep killing it dude and we can’t wait to see some more of that magic out on the course in 2017!

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  1. Penne Gossard :  
    April 23rd, 2017

    We know of this Matt , whom you speak of, we watched him grow up in Minnesota! He is the real deal, humble, kind, intelligent, compassionate man. So proud of his success!