My name is Erik Hogan and I'd like to thank you for your interest in my work.
I grew up in the foothills of Appalachia and spent a huge portion of my youth exploring the outdoors. I've had the opportunity to camp across the United States and Alaska, and Western Canada. I've traveled throughout Europe and have visited the Caribbean, Mexico, and even Japan.
I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from The University of Georgia in 1999. However, after September 11, 2001 I worked as a paramedic in Atlanta and then transitioned to a career in law enforcement. I injured my knee on duty in 2019. While on light duty I discovered my unit's digital camera and taught myself to use it. It quickly developed into a passion for photographing nature.
After my knee healed I combined my artistic vision as a photographer with my enduring love of backpacking through the wildest, most remote locations I could reach. My goal became sharing images as awe inspiring to view as the experience itself was impactful to me.
My work has now been published in Classic City News, an on-line publication in Athens, Ga. My photo "Claypit Pond Sunrise" was chosen for an art exhibition at the Athens-Clarke County library. Also, many of my photos have been featured on photography accounts across social media.
Thanks again for taking the time to view my photography!
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I’m a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography and I’m dedicated to following the Nature First Principles:
- Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography
- Educate yourself about the places you photograph
- Reflect on the possible impact of your actions
- Use discretion if sharing locations
- Know and follow rules and regulations
- Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them
- Actively promote and educate others about these principles