James' photographic imagination begins with a genuine love of the land and his unshakable lust for adventure. Brought up in Michigan on wild flower walks and backpacking trips, he learned to cherish wild places. After studying plant science and sustainable agriculture, he went on to teach kids about where their food comes from and about the plants and animals in their backyards. He then worked on organic farms across the US, from Georgia to New York State. Two decades of photography later, James Manning's work is about more than just capturing the beauty of a place. It is a compelling visual plea to appreciate and protect our wild places and to support farmers that thoughtfully care for the land. He and his wife Elizabeth Manning operate Two Hoots Studio, where his work continues to honor Michigan’s wild places.