While the bountiful oil production of this region has impacted world politics, it has done so with little visual impact on the region, which is why it is still called The Beautiful Bakken. Ranchers still produce cattle, mountain bikers still ride the Maah Daah Hey trail, hikers still marvel at the rugged terrain of the badlands, and photographers still seek the beauty of the region.
What We Do
We’re two photographers in love with western North Dakota where we see so much beauty. Mary (Mary’s Photos) and Mike (Mykuhls Photography) capture and share images of their exploits hiking, camping, exploring and enjoying the Bakken oil region of North Dakota. On occasion, we invite others who see the beauty of the Bakken to share their images with us. Our images as canvas wraps and framed prints have displayed the Beautiful Bakken in Dickinson, Bismarck, Williston, Minot and Mayville where many of them have sold (Hooray!).
Mike Kopp is a life-long career journalist with experience in television news and radio news. He was a newspaper editor in western North Dakota, and won six awards for newspaper photography and five awards for broadcast documentaries. His photos have sold in galleries across North Dakota and are known for”sense of place and time”, as each is accompanied with a story giving the collector a sense of place in North Dakota. Mike has hiked, canoed, camped, and ridden horse in the Badlands of North Dakota for over 35 years. Mike’s promotions of motorcycle tourism in North Dakota has garnered the attention of national travel interests.
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Mary Lou Tastad
Mary, also known as Sidehackmary, is an avid photographer and motorcyclist with an educational background in architecture, interior design, fashion design, and fine arts. While employment brought her to retail management, construction, and preschool education in eastern North Dakota and northern Alabama, Mary now spends the major part of her time traveling with camera in hand. Western North Dakota has for years captivated Mary as a beautiful and spiritual place. Her photo entitled “Winter Reckoning” was chosen as a winner of the 2014 North Dakota Governor’s Art Contest.
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