Capturing the Capturer: Hello Wisconsin meets Tina Ecker

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- When your TV is tuned to WEAU 13 News, you've more than likely heard the name “Tina Ecker.”

If not, then you may recognize her photos. She travels throughout Western Wisconsin and captures works of art filled with detail and beauty that is memorizing.

"Ecker is my maiden name. My married name is Porn. I don't use that name on Facebook for obvious reasons," says Tina laughingly. She adds, “Just started walking with my husband in the fall 3 years ago.”

She says her favorite time to take pictures is in the morning and explains, “I just started taking pictures of anything and everything. Tree roots, flowers, even bugs. You name it."

But before sprouting into photography came a tiny influence with a big impact. Ecker says, "For 17 years, I've been selling and making croquet doll clothing for vintage and antique dolls. I sell them through EBay all over the world actually. I have to take pictures of all of the outfits that I sell on EBay."

Therefore it was a natural fit to eventually take pictures as a hobby. “I don't think there's a right or wrong way to take a picture. I think it's the way you want the picture to be."

Along the way, she has come upon secret spots in Eau Claire, along the Chippewa River and even the Forest Hill Cemetery. Ecker adds, "Some people know about it. But I didn't take you to my secret spot on the other side of the river."

Each photo she takes paints a picture of the places she's been."My pictures are more than pressing the shutter and getting the picture I want. There needs to be feeling in my pictures, " she says.

After taking nearly 30,000 pictures in three years there's plenty to look back on. It doesn't stop her from venturing out every day and sharing her adventures with the Chippewa Valley.

She says, “If I say Tina Ecker people say I've seen your pictures on WEAU. I have to laugh every time I see one of my pictures on TV. Sometimes they look real nice on the big screen TV that's really what I'm most excited about. What does it look like blown up!"

So whether summer or fall or winter or spring, and you see a camera in her hand, its probably Tina Ecker. She says, “As long as I stay thawed out, I'll stay out as long as I can. I just love it and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon."

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