The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 6, 2013

Backyard is young photographer's hunting ground


And as is the case with so many things, patience is a virtue when trying to capture the decisive moment when the elements of a photograph come together.

“I wanted to photograph a monarch butterfly coming out of its chrysalis ... I had to wait for five hours before it finally happened,” he said.

He estimates he has taken at least 35,000 photographs since he became serious about the medium.

Photography as a career? Realistically, he understands that freelance nature photographer can be a tough way to make a living.

At 17, he figures it’s a bit too early to make that kind of decision.

And as interested as he is in photography, he anticipates his other creative passion — music — will be the leading force when he begins to investigate college possibilities.

Nevertheless, he has received a measure of recognition for his photographs.

He has managed to sell a few.

And his work has been featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s Capture Minnesota project, a monthly photo gallery at TPT’s website featuring the work of state photographers (

Two of his photographs have been selected for Editor’s Choice Awards while several others received honorable mention.

So far, his photos haven’t made the cut to be included in “Capture Minnesota,” compilations of 200 photographs selected through viewers’ votes published in book form.

But the possibility of being included in the glossy, high-quality publication gives him something to shoot for each time he presses the shutter button.

More of Murray's work can be seen at


John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at 344-6376 or by email at


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