Music Visual Art

UWEC Student Captures Local Musicians, Artists in New Photo Series

a photography assignment encouraged Charlie Flatten to connect with area creatives, inspire more local art

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Charlie Flatten |

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. UW-Eau Claire student Charlie Flatten has been shooting portraits of local musicians and creatives, including Chris Johnson, owner of Passion Board Shop and host of Passion Pod, shown here.

A new portrait series of local musicians by a UW-Eau Claire student aims to spark creativity in other local creatives. 

Charlie Flatten, a third-year business marketing student, recently shot a series of portraits of area musicians for an assignment for his photography class. 

I knew I wanted to do Portraits of all the creatives I have been meeting.

Charlie Flatten


“About a year ago, I started to make connections with some of the musicians and creatives in Eau Claire,” Flatten said. “When I got assigned to do a photo series I knew that I wanted to do portraits of all the creatives I have been meeting. I thought it would be really fun to capture each individual.” 

The photo series features area musicians including TeawhYB, Miles Blvd, and Gabriel Tyler, as well as photographers Olu Famule and Sawyer Brice, and skate shop owner/podcast host Chris Johnson. 

“I want to take my passion of photography and use it to help give other creatives exposure,” Flatten said. “These are some super talented people and more people should know who they are.” 

Check out more of Flatten’s photography at @charlieflattenphotography