Passion ignited in young Steamboat artist |

Passion ignited in young Steamboat artist

Hans Brunk to show photography during August's First Friday Artwalk

Hans Brunk will show his photography pieces at Steamboat Mountain School during this month's First Friday Artwalk.

— Hans Brunk was biking along a road outside of town with a few friends, and he came to a sudden stop as the others went on ahead.

He had found a moment to make a memory captured through the lens of his Nikon Digital SLR camera.

“He really understands what it means when you pick up a camera and the need to photograph something that has meaning to you,” said Karen Gordon Schulman, a photographer and teacher in Steamboat Springs.

As part of August’s First Friday Artwalk, Brunk’s work of 13 pieces will be on display at the corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue for the first time. The content of his photos show landscapes and abstract perspectives of various places around Steamboat Springs as well as abroad.

Graduating from The Lowell Whiteman School this past June, his interest in photography emerged when he needed to create a portfolio for a few art credits.

What started as something he had to do turned into the unfolding of a kid who had discovered his talent for photography.

“Photography is very unpredictable. There are so many different variations and instantaneous enjoyable moments to capture,” Brunk said. “I like how you can go out at any point in the day to take a photo and see the same object through different perspectives.”

When Schulman first met with Brunk, she asked him to bring a few photos that showed what he was interested in to find the direction he wanted to go and work from there. What she found was his innate understanding of self expression and personal vision.

“He gets it and understood what I meant by photographing from your heart and capturing an image that resonates at a much higher level than what you would think for someone his age,” Schulman said.

Traveling across the world for his ski racing team, he often would document each of his excursions abroad. After awhile, it turned into a passion. For the past two years, Brunk has gotten serious about learning photography as an art form.

Within a few months, he has learned quickly and diligently. His outlook became more broad as his material resembled more “out of the box” elements.

“It’s not about what’s photographed, but rather it’s to see that he’s growing in a short time in knowledge and understanding and that the images he’s chosen to show in the exhibit represent his personal vision,” Schulman said.

Ignited by his passion for photography, he looks forward to what the Artwalk will bring.

“It’s exciting and nerve-racking,” he said. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I hope to get some of my work out there and get a good reaction.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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