Paul’s photos evoke a sense of narrative — that there is larger meaning behind the image. “Telling a story in such a brief medium is a challenge,” he says, “but it can be a powerful thing.”
Born in Woodbury, Minnesota, in 1970, the son of a chemical engineer and dental hygienist, Paul chose not to follow in his parents’ footsteps. After studying photography at the School of Communication Arts in Minneapolis, he launched his career and now finds inspiration almost everywhere he looks — on walks, biking, sailing, enjoying music, even doing mundane tasks.
His recent project Wild Birds Flying, is a series depicting birds frozen in flight — arresting images that seem worlds apart from the avian creatures common to any backyard. Inspired by John James Audubon's illustrations, Paul’s award-winning portrayal of birds in their natural habitat — minus any distraction of complex background — strikes a balance that is at once beautiful, intimate, and compelling.
Paul has been featured on MN Original, Twin Cities Public Television’s weekly celebration of Minnesota artists. Among other honors, he took first place for self-promotion in PDN’s PIX Digital Imaging Awards, and he was included in Lürzer’s Archive of 200 Best Ad Photographers worldwide.