What is Field Notes?

Hello, my name is Erik Hogan and I'd like to thank you for your interest in my work!

I grew up in the foothills of Appalachia and spent a huge portion of my youth exploring the outdoors. I've had the opportunity to camp across the United States and Alaska, and Western Canada. I've traveled throughout Europe and have visited the Caribbean, Mexico, and even Japan.

I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from The University of Georgia in 1999. However, after September 11, 2001 I worked as a paramedic in Atlanta and then transitioned to a career in law enforcement. I injured my knee on duty in 2019. While on light duty I discovered my unit's digital camera and taught myself to use it. It quickly developed into a passion for photographing nature.

After my knee healed I combined my artistic vision as a photographer with my enduring love of backpacking through the wildest, most remote locations I could reach. My goal became sharing images as awe inspiring to view as the experience itself was impactful to me.

My work has now been published in Classic City News, an on-line publication in Athens, Ga. My photo "Claypit Pond Sunrise" was chosen for an art exhibition at the Athens-Clarke County library. Also, many of my photos have been featured on photography accounts across social media.

In Field Notes I’m combining the crafts of photography and writing, with a touch of philosophy and maybe some spin off content. This is a work-in-progress where I’ll share my photos and do my best to convey the veneration I experience in the wilderness. You’ll get context behind the images and we’ll explore some insight derived from these experiences in the wild.

Thanks for taking the time to read my words and view my photos! Take a look at some of my best images here-


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Photography, backpacking, and philosophical hatchetwork. Inspired by life in the wild.


Erik Hogan

Photographer and backpacker. Aspiring Stoic.