Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find primarily nature-based photography plus a growing collection of urban abstracts including a large gallery of abstracts derived from dumpsters.

The site also features an extensive collection of close-ups of tree bark.These intimate images uniquely transcend the subject matter traditionally submitted by my fellow nature/landscape photographers.

I encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback by adding a comment to the guestbook or to an individual photograph. I hope you enjoy the view,


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Contact Info

Address2008 Brewster St. #202
Saint Paul, MN 55108-2009
United States
Daytime phone651-373-9699
Evening phone651-373-9699
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The key is to not let the camera, which depicts nature in so much detail, reveal just what the eye picks up, but what the heart picks up as well.
~ Paul Caponigro 1932 - (Master landscape photographer)

"Paul does not force himself upon nature. He lets nature come to him"
~ Ann Marsden 1957 - 2012 (Prominent and deeply missed Twin Cities photographer)

My interest in photography began as a kid in Redwood Falls, MN. My favorite subject was the city park's Ramsey Falls using a plastic bodied box camera with 620 black and white film developed at the local drugstore. To this day, waterfalls are still one of my favorite subjects.

Don't ask me why, but I rarely shot photographs during my teens. My interest in photography was renewed during my years in the United States Air Force, especially during a year spent in Pakistan (truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience).
My return to civilian life involved a move to Lansing, MI where I worked nights as a computer operator for Michigan National Bank. During the day I attended Lansing Community College taking several classes in their highly regarded photography program. An important element of the curriculum was the study of the style and work of several preeminent photographers, both past and present, in a variety of genres. While I appreciated the work of portrait artists; photojournalists; commercial photographers; and others, I found I was consistently drawn to the work of the major nature and landscape photographers.

I was especially influenced by Eliot Porter (1901-1990) an early proponent that color photography, in addition to black and white, could be legitimately considered fine art. Porter's 1979 book, "Intimate Landscapes", became especially important to me. Its focus was on capturing details and smaller areas of coverage rather than the grand vistas of the Far West favored by Ansel Adams and many other well-known landscape photographers. By this time I was living in the Twin Cities where opportunities to capture expansive vistas of grandeur are limited, but smaller, intimate scenes similar to those in Porter's book are bountiful. Porter remained active into his eighties making trips to Antarctica at age 75, China at 79, Hong Kong at 84 and publishing a book on Maine when he was 85. His level of productivity in later life inspires me to keep striving to grow as an artist as I grow older.

During the 80s, a friend and I made photographic trips to the Badlands and Black Hills, the Great Smoky Mountains, the North Shore into Canada, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park. The 90s were again a period of relative photographic inactivity. The digital era reawakened my creative spirit. The vast majority of the photos in the galleries were made during the past five years along with a few older shots - Minnehaha Falls, Minnehaha Trees and Mt. Moran.

The photo of me was taken by Maria Humphreys during a shoot at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

I hope you enjoy the galleries containing several of my favorite photographs. If you wish to purchase any of the pictures you may also contact me at for additional information or for options such as note cards, the panoramas, framed prints, etc.

I always appreciate any feedback or thoughts on my photographs - simply click on the Comments icon.

A few good news items:
I was awarded a 2013 "Next Step" grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for a one-to-one five day workshop to study with Douglas Beasley. He is a nationally known photographer, teacher and the author of "Earth Meets Spirit".

I am now a featured artist displaying several matted and framed prints as well as note cards at Legacy Art and Gifts at 1209 Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. 651-221-9094


The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI is carrying an assortment of my note cards and small framed prints.

Thanks for stopping by,
Paul W. Winger

Featured Galleries & Collections

Foggy Morning - November 27, 2016

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Foggy Morning - November 27, 2016

2017 Beautiful Botanicals Calendar

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Created 22-Sep-16
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2017 Beautiful Botanicals Calendar

Interstate State Parks with Vaughan and Elaine - 9/11/16

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Created 15-Sep-16
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Interstate State Parks with Vaughan and Elaine - 9/11/16

Recently Added

Recently Posted Photos

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Recently Posted Photos

The Film Project

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Created 30-May-18
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The Film Project

Day Trip to Jay Cooke State Park

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Created 7-Nov-17
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Day Trip to Jay Cooke State Park

2018 Minnesota Scenes Calendar

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Created 5-Nov-17
Modified 5-Nov-17
2018 Minnesota Scenes Calendar

7 Day Facebook Black and White Challenge

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7 Day Facebook Black and White Challenge

The Sunflower Collection

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The Sunflower Collection


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Guestbook for Paul Winger Photography
I very much enjoy your gift. Your art is very beautiful and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing it with me.
Lawrence Syverud(non-registered)
Last week, we met at the butterfly exhibit.

Terry Jaffoni(non-registered)
Hello Paul,

Don’t know if you remember me but I was introduced to you at the last JazzMN concert featuring Tierney Sutton. I am on the jazzmn board and it was indeed a pleasure to meet you!

As a former photographer myself (I have been creatively dormant for many years now), and a lover of all things in nature, I enjoyed the experience of your photographs! In particular, I like the tree bark photos, which really bring out the details often unappreciated.

Thanks for your work and also for your appreciation of fine jazz! Hope to see you again at one of our concerts.
Jeanette Richards(non-registered)
Thank you for giving me your info at the WBCA Northern Lights reception.
Your abstract images are simply wonderful!
Jesse Aguilar(non-registered)
Beautiful photography!