Chased By The Light

“I had set myself the challenge that for 90 days, between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, I would make only one photograph a day. There would be no second exposure, no second chance. My work would be stripped to the bone and would have to rely on whatever photographic and woods skills I have.” 

– Jim Brandenburg

Airing April 14 and 15 on PBS, Chased By The Light, the emmy-award nominated documentary sponsored by Trust for Public Land, is a rare look inside the soul of an artist and his daily experience of the Northwoods of Minnesota. Taking just one photograph a day—sometimes not settling on a location until sundown was almost complete—Jim Brandenburg shares intimate details about how he chose to shoot what he did, giving viewers a new way of way of thinking and shooting as a nature photographer.

The Trust for Public Land’s relationship with Brandenburg began more than a decade ago with a request to help protect 560 acres of the family’s beloved Northern Minnesota property featured in Chased by the Light. Now part of the Superior National Forest, the beauty of the Northwoods captured in Jim’s photos remains intact, undeveloped and open for viewing. 

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