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Jeremy Simonson


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I am a photographer and artist living in Park Rapids, Minnesota. My passions are photography, family, everything art, nature and travel.

Travel Photography by Jeremy Simonson at Lean 2 Studio.

Where it all started


Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Jeremy Simonson is a fine art, landscape and portrait photographer. He studied theater arts at MSUM and received a master of fine art from Purdue University. Jeremy is a 2018 & 2023 recipient of Region 2 Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation.


After several years of working as an actor, Jeremy rediscovered his passion for documenting the world while working and living in Chicago, Illinois, exploring street and lifestyle photography. Armed with a Vivitar point and shoot camera, loaded with Fuji or Kodak 800 film, he proceeded to document his life in Chicago.  More recently, after moving from Minneapolis to Park Rapids in 2012, he has been exploring people and the landscape through digital photography. Without the distractions of the City, Jeremy has been able to concentrate on a steady practice of technique, discovery and artistic expression in documenting the world around him. A lifelong practice of discovery and learning.


His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and a number of images have been featured in juried shows. Jeremy’s fine art photography has been showcased at Studio 176 and Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, and in group juried shows at MacRostie Art center in Grand Rapids, New York Mills, and at Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Where it all started


Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Jeremy Simonson is a fine art, landscape and portrait photographer. He studied theater arts at MSUM and received a master of fine art from Purdue University. Jeremy is a 2018 & 2023 recipient of Region 2 Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation.


After several years of working as an actor, Jeremy rediscovered his passion for documenting the world while working and living in Chicago, Illinois, exploring street and lifestyle photography. Armed with a Vivitar point and shoot camera, loaded with Fuji or Kodak 800 film, he proceeded to document his life in Chicago.  More recently, after moving from Minneapolis to Park Rapids in 2012, he has been exploring people and the landscape through digital photography. Without the distractions of the City, Jeremy has been able to concentrate on a steady practice of technique, discovery and artistic expression in documenting the world around him. A lifelong practice of discovery and learning.


His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and a number of images have been featured in juried shows. Jeremy’s fine art photography has been showcased at Studio 176 and Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, and in group juried shows at MacRostie Art center in Grand Rapids, New York Mills, and at Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.

About Me: Jeremy Simonson

Artist and Photographer Jeremy Simonson

I. About

I am a photographer and Artist, living in Park Rapids, MN.

  • Photographer: Lean 2 Studio
  • Artist & Entrepreneur: Studio 176 LLC.
  • Volunteer: Nemeth Art Center Board of Directors since 2015

When I'm not working, I'm probably dreaming up my next big project, binge-watching the latest hot series, or taking photos. I love the outdoors, travel and taking in an art gallery in whatever city I am visiting.


II. Expertise


I am a creative thinker, and I am never short on ideas. I bring this creativity and passion into everything I do. My photography work tends to focus on the landscape, portraiture and art photography, but I am always exploring new ideas.

  • BFA - Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • MFA - Purdue University

My education in Theater Arts lends itself to collaboration and team work.


III. Work With Me

I am a freelance photographer, volunteer, artist and entrepreneur. Welcome to my photography and art site. Here you will find some of my art and commissioned work. Reach out if you want to work with me.

I am a photographer with Lean 2 Studio, a Volunteer Board Member of the Nemeth Art Center, and the co-founder and artist of Studio 176, an art gallery located in Park Rapids, MN.

Shoot me a message if you would like to talk photography or art.


Artist Statement:

My background in theater and visual arts influence my photography. I consider the frame within my viewfinder to be my canvas or stage, and I always strive to create the composition within its specific parameters. “Chiaroscuro – the bold interplay and contrast between dark and light” – this has always been my signature method of seeing and photographing. In fact, I will spot meter my exposures to the brightest light in the frame to capture this interplay between dark and light or the lack thereof. My favorite times to shoot is in the cool contrasts of the morning, low contrast and atmosphere of a misty day or the warm drama of the evening light.


Photography for me is like a meditation on the natural world. I am captivated by its variety, complexity and character. I use my camera to explore different ways of looking at the everyday. The dramatic light, a simple line, a pattern, a color, mood or natural form are all tools, in my toolbox used to tell the story and paint the final picture.


Perspectives – alongside light, color and timing – is a fundamental building block of photography, and I’m always looking for new ways to alter mine. Always searching for new representations of the physical world. Most of my photographs were taken around my home in Park Rapids, Minnesota. (The area is known as a resort town, the land of 10,000 lakes, sleepy in the winter with bustling summers.) But sometimes I venture father a field. And while the terrain is familiar to me, I can rarely predict what kinds of compositions I’ll walk away with. Nor do I know what my subject will be. Finding ongoing sources of creative inspiration is a challenge for any artist. More than anything, though, making photographs has become a daily practice for me – one that often feels like a form of visual meditation. 


 My recent work ranges from the macro and micro landscape, waterscapes, travel and portraiture. In my latest exhibition, “Underwater - Summer 2020”, I was inspired by water and its transformative nature, a mesmerizing and evocative series of portraits taken of my family members underwater at our family cabin on Strawberry Lake, explore my inner struggle of isolation and feelings of being “underwater” during the COVID lockdowns. My work is available on Paper, Metal, Canvas, and Giclée Fine Art Prints.


Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge


Fall Inspiration 2021 - Exploring the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge with camera in hand. Fall is one of my favorite times to get out and explore the landscape.

A Beautiful Morning


A little video journal of one of our lovely fall mornings, in central Minnesota.

Itasca State Park


A video bog of my 2020 photo shoot in Itasca Sate Park. T