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. 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 began his career as a travel writer and editor with a national magazine. He co-authored the book, Breaking Through Concrete (2011, University of CA Press), a chronicle of America’s urban farm movement. Over the last decade his writing and storytelling work has evolved toward documentary and commercial films. The reporting involved a two-month cross-country farm tour while living out of a short school bus. He has traveled long distances by bike, kayak, and canoe. In 2013, alongside his brother Michael, David wrote, co-directed and "starred" in the award-winning doc film, "Who Owns Water." His 2017 travel broadcast about visiting National Parks with his dad won a Lowell Thomas Award. David has contributed stories for The Bitter Southerner, Preservation, Canoe & Kayak, Mountain, Southern Living, Sunset, Travel Oregon, Outside, among others. Commercial and non-profit clients include Starbucks, Brooks Running, The Renewal Workshop, WhyHunger, American Rivers and REI.
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.