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2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Whether it’s his striking commercial work or his compelling Wild Birds Flying project, Paul Nelson’s distinctive photography leaves an indelible impression.

On the commercial side, Paul has been a highly regarded Minneapolis-based photographer since 1999, specializing in conceptual studio work. He has developed problem-solving skills, innovative lighting, and sound post-production methods on campaigns for Target Corporation, Best Buy, FedEx, Marvin Windows, Pfizer, Sprint, and more. His experience and expertise — plus good-natured wit and sensitivity — add up to exceptional photographs with arresting visual impact. 

And then there’s Wild Birds Flying — an award-winning project of his own making. It was born of Paul’s love of birds, an appreciation for uncluttered depictions, and a belief that beautiful images are as close as the backyard. His inventive photographic techniques — applied during bird bandings at Minnesota nature centers — produce almost surreal avian portraits. The photos of birds in flight, against a pure white background, are stunning in their immediacy and detail.

In that split second in time — the strobe flash — it’s possible to see things that you don’t normally observe about these wonderful creatures, things you can’t distinguish even through a pair of binoculars. — Paul Nelson

Recently, he has expanded his range, photographing birds and other nature subjects in southeast Arizona and Oaxaca, Mexico, in addition to Minnesota.

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