Hudson’s passion for creating dramatic still and motion imagery is infectious. In addition to his adventure, travel and expedition field work, a growing list of commercial clients rely on Hudson’s unique ability to produce stunning, ultra-high-resolution work in the most demanding of locations and conditions. Panoramic merger composites, 360 degree images, and time-lapse video are all long-time technical specialties. Underwater photography and video work are Hudson’s most recent endeavors.
Hudson is also a teacher and a people person. He spends a great deal of time writing articles, producing teaching videos and designing training programs to help fellow visual artists not just increase their technical skills shooting and editing, but also to develop their own distinct creative vision. Hudson finds this time coaching other photographers incredibly rewarding.
“Adventure takes many forms and I’m pleased to be able to lead workshops, take on assignments, sell prints and share with you the stories behind the images. My travels take me to many exotic yet very accessible places and it’s my hope that at some point you will come along. If it’s a print in your home, an assignment for your organization, connecting on the internet or at one of my workshops we’ll travel the world together. Feel free to contact me any time.”
Hometown: Turner, Oregon
Resides: Portland, Oregon
Career Highlight #1: Filming and Photographing the First African American Team to Climb Denali www.anamericanascent.com
Career Highlight #2: Having our film An American Ascent screened at the White House & win many festival awards (incld Best Film)
Career Highlight #3: Photographing Hawaiian Resorts for the LA Times with my wife as a model (a cush gig)
Career Highlight #4: Having an Image of Mount Rainier’s summit named National Geographic Photo of the Day
Career Highlight #5: Winning an Art Wolfe International Conservation Photography Award for A Rwandan Gorilla photo.
BlackRapid product of choice: (1) Yeti, (2) Backpack Strap, (3) Hand strap
What was your first camera and your current camera? Minolta Maxxum 7xi (one of the first Autofocus SLRs) / Nikon D810 & D750 (also Sony A7s)
Who is your photography idol/hero/inspiration? Sebastio Salgado
What do you do when you’re not snapping pics? Dad / Photo-Teacher / Kitesurfer / Back-country skier
What is your dream photoshoot? Kitesurfing Western Australia for a few months in RVs or Skiing Antarctica’s Mount Vincent
Where is the photography industry headed? Smaller and smarter cameras, more sophisticated mobile editing, ever great technological accessibility and yet a constant need for tech-savvy creatives that see the story with a well-practiced, skilled eye
How do you “Live The Moment”? I work to stay open and let a place seep into me — tell me it’s story — before and after pulling the camera from the pack. I enjoy what I do and I tell the stories I find.