To Minnesotans, Wisconsin may seem like the land of raucous Cheeseheads and Sunday beer runs, but photographer Mark Brautigam sees more than that in America's Dairyland.
|All photos courtesy of Mark Brautigam|
One day Brautigam picked up his large-format camera and hit the road in search of the real Wisconsin beyond the stereotypes. His photographs -- from sweeping landscapes to candid portraits -- capture moments in time that many people may overlook, such as the quiet tranquility of horses grazing in a snow-covered field or the unflinching candor of a few guys catching a tan with the help of some reflective lighting. Brautigam's eye for bringing out a unique and honest look at our neighbors to the east is stunning.
As a former officer in the Marines with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Brautigam may seem an unlikely artist. However, his time spent at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and his photography work prove that he's well on his way to a long creative career.
We talked to Brautigam about his inspiration behind "On Wisconsin" and what's his lens might be focused on next.
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