Someone to Know: Mayslake Photo Instructor Hank Erdmann

Hank Erdmann is an artist, a professional natural history photographer and photographic educator who resides in Will County, Illinois. He has photographed throughout North America, making the Midwest his primary geographic area of interest. A love of history, especially the maritime history of the Great Lakes, kindles his special interest in the ports, shorelines, islands and natural areas of Lakes Michigan and Superior and their surrounding environs. Midwestern prairies and hardwood forests are other primary areas of interest. His image of the Lake Michigan shore with a curved wave was selected for the cover of the 2012 Sierra Club Engagement Calendar. 

At our Mayslake Peabody Estate, we offer photography classes for all levels from beginner to advanced. Topics range from basic camera operation and composition to software that can help you organize and enhance your photos. We frequently add new classes to our schedule, so please check every once in a while to see what we're offering. 

Here are some classes Hank teaches at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook:   

Dusk at Mayslake Excursion
Bring your camera and explore the estate at dusk with a photography instructor and a Mayslake heritage interpreter. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

May 30          6:30 – 8:30 p.m.      Mayslake

Introduction to Photography I
Enjoy an introduction to the basics of photography as you begin to explore the artistry behind exposure at this three-part class. $80 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

Apr 3, 10        7 – 10 p.m.              Mayslake
Apr 88 – 10 a.m.TBD

Introduction to Photography II
Learn about the basics and begin to explore the artistry behind composition at this three-part class. $80 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

Apr 24            7 – 10 p.m.              Mayslake
May 17 – 10 p.m.Mayslake
Apr 298 – 10 a.m.TBD

Wildflower Photography
Learn how to capture the beauty of close-ups as you explore the art of photographing wildflowers at this five-part class. $150 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

May 9, 16, 23      7 – 10 p.m       Mayslake
May 13, 208 – 10 a.m.TBD


Here's some of Hank's work:

Hank Erdmann River Frost 405x609 

Hank Erdmann Cottonwood FBW 505x750 

Hank Erdmann summer rays 505x340 

 Hank Erdmann autumn path 505x670 

Hank Erdmann joe pye weed 505x425 

Hank Erdmann Waterfall Glen 405x600 

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