MICHAEL HANSON liked baseball a lot, enough to sleep on an inflatable mattress in the kitchen of a two-bedroom apartment in Danville, VA for an entire season while playing in the Atlanta Braves organization. His greatest baseball move occurred near midnight on a routine speeding violation. Instead of getting a ticket, Michael had the two Georgia highway patrolmen swinging bats in the emergency lane. He signed the old wooden bats for the uniformed men and got off scotch-free. By the time that career ended, he was becoming more interested in documenting off-field baseball life with his Minolta X700 film camera than playing. Ten years later, Michael can't throw the ball as hard after a whitewater-induced rotator cuff surgery, but he dominates all bar games: shuffleboard-cornhole-SkeeBall-ping pong. He's won a few photo awards, too : PDN30 New & Emerging Photographer (2013), One of the World's Top Travel Photographers by Popular Photography Magazine, and Images of the Year by American Photo. He's represented by National Geographic Creative and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Outside Magazine.
DAVID HANSON also played baseball, just not as well. Or not as fast. He used baseball as a pitch for his first travel story on a winter league played on Mexico's coast. (His real first assignment was a story on skinny-dipping in North Carolina's Linville Gorge.) David has gotten feverishly, call-your-mama stomach-sick in nearly a dozen countries. He has traveled long distances by bike, canoe, kayak, and veggie-powered school bus (with Michael for the 2011 University of California Press book, Breaking Through Concrete). David has contributed stories for Preservation, Canoe & Kayak, Mountain, Southern Living, among others, and commercial clients include Starbucks, Lexus, WhyHunger, and Keen Footwear.
BRETT SCHWAGER was better at making layups than hitting home runs so he stuck with playing hoops seriously until attending college at the University of Washington. There he quickly learned he wouldn't be able to beat out Brandon Roy or Nate Robinson for a spot on the team so he switched his focus to learning about the world of visual communication design. His education was serious, heavily rooted in Swiss classical design theory, and required more discipline than anything he had faced on the court. He learned early on the importance of taking constructive breaks away from his computer to experience real world adventures–like kayaking from Washington State to Alaska with his hand- built boat in '03, or making time to fit a quick kite session in on his lunch break where he currently lives in Hood River, Oregon. Born and raised on an island of Puget Sound, the Northwest has been very kind to him and the outdoors has influenced a lot of the work he's recognized for with brands like Microsoft, Intel, Cascade Designs, Marination, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and Slingshot.