Photos and story by Kim Hoholek
Hi, I am Kim Hoholek and I have been a photographer since the early 1990s. During that time I have photographed many beautiful scenes around this great state of Wisconsin but Janesville has become a favorite.
I hail from a very small area of Northern Wisconsin just south of Rhinelander. Growing up I was always outdoors and surrounded by nature. I never really considered walking in the woods to be “hiking” because it just seemed like a natural part of my day-to-day life. In early 2000, I went through a period where I gave up on photography and exploring.
I moved to Janesville in summer of 2013 and in 2015 started to slowly get into photography and exploration again after having stepped away from it.
In 2019, I read a news article about an artist (Jeff Henriquez) that would be creating a large-scale mural of Black Hawk on a building in the downtown. I felt an immediate pull to see this event unfold and began documenting the process with my camera. I felt exhilarated! The event changed me. After the mural was completed, I saw things in a new way. I was hungry for opportunities to photograph things of beauty. It was then that I realized Janesville had so much to offer! I discovered there were several other murals and pieces of art to enjoy. More than 50 and they will be adding more in 2021! It seemed the more steps that I took, the more gems I found.
I also discovered a multitude of green spaces that brought me great joy. I was awakened to the loveliness of this charming community: the Ice Age Trail, Palmer Park, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Riverside Park, Monterey Park, Robert O Cook Memorial Arboretum, the Town Square – the list is endless! The city has truly captured my heart and my photography lens forever.
Janesville, you have become my beautiful canvas with your photogenic nature. I am forever grateful and in awe of the beauty you hold. I look forward to getting out to photograph and enjoy the city each day, and I love sharing the amazing city with friends and family.
Interesting Facts About Kim:
- I have been mentored by a photographer who freelanced for National Geographic.
- I currently am working on a travel project called Wisconsin Unincorporated. I wish to document and photograph as many of the 1,514 unincorporated communities in the state as possible.
- My hobby of photographing Janesville has given me great joy and created many new friendships. It has brought about exciting opportunities as well. I recently just joined Allies of Native Nations for Rock County. I think it’s an amazing organization and I can’t wait to learn and do more with them.