Welcome to the work of Benjamin Pogatshnik, a.k.a. Crazy Leaf Photography!
Nature is amazing, it's more than amazing, it's crazy-amazing. A fragrant field of delicate wildflowers, the cool shade of a grove of pine, the fiery brilliance of an October maple, the prayerful play of a creek as it slides silkily through the wood. Why does the scent of spring rain awaken our deepest memory? Why does the kiss of summer sunlight delight our hearts and hands when we feel its warmth? Why does the taste of the first apples of autumn make us yearn for cozy campfires, blowing leaves, and woolen blankets? And why does the soft sound of the first snow have a magical air, as though we are the only ones who can sense its voice? Isn't the power of nature… crazy?
Please take more than a moment to explore this site and to savor the beautiful, inspiring, and quirky images that I have captured for you. Each one owns a special place in my heart and inhabits a unique corner of my life and memory. My only hope is that as you take a stroll through these idyllic collections, that the photographs will claim a piece of your heart, or will conjure a sacred memory from your past. I love photography, but I do not claim to be an expert; it is simply that I found these crazy-cool pictures, and I would really like to share them with you.
I am one of the undeniably lucky people that get to call the stunning state of Minnesota my home. All the pictures you see are also native to this beautiful land. Photographing “L’Étoile du Nord” or “the star of the north” is, and will forever be, a grand adventure. I currently live in Chaska, Minnesota along with my beautiful wife and our four crazy four-legged children. We started Crazy Leaf Photography in 2008. My wife and I spend the summers traveling around the state sharing our photos at art fairs. We spend our nights, weekends, and vacation time hiking, canoeing, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. The rest of our time is spent at our "real jobs" earning gas money for the next trip :) I photograph natural subjects that usually fall into four categories: landscapes, wildlife (when it's cooperative), macro (close-up photos) and what I call "impressionistic photography" (the dreamy, abstract, painting-like photos). I don't shoot people, it's against the law. ;)