With my advertising career in the rear view mirror, I traveled to try my hand at landscape photography for the first time in March of 2018. I became an instant addict.

My next photo adventure took the form of a 7,000 mile, 30-day road trip with my 20-something daughter riding shotgun. Camping mostly in a rooftop tent (and a few hotels because we stunk and needed a hot shower), we visited 11 states, 12 National Parks and photographed 25 sunrises.

Photography by Sioux Falls based landscape photographer Paul Heckel hanging on the walls of Dunn Brothers Coffee on East 10th in Sioux Falls, SD
My first public hanging at Dunn Brothers Coffee on East 10th in Sioux Falls.

My espresso addiction eventually led me to Dunn Brothers Coffee on East 10th Street a few miles from my home in Sioux Falls, SD. I became friends with Emily, one of the shop’s owners. In conversation, I mentioned my passion for photography. Emily was nice enough to extend an offer to exhibit my work in their coffee shop. I accepted and my first public hanging began on February 1, 2019 and will run through the end of the month.

I currently have about 20 framed pieces on the walls of Dunn Bothers. Many of the photos are from the 7000 mile road trip I took with my daughter. I’ll be hosting an artist meet-and-greet on Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 – 10:00am. Stop in, have a coffee and be sure to register to win a signed, framed 22 x 28 print while you’re there.<<