Welcome to the Art Wolfe #PhotographyAsArt Instagram contest #3! This is the third in a series contests that will highlight the many elements of design integral to crafting compelling images.
Congratulations to our previous winner, Brian. His image was shared on our social media sites as well as our blog!
On September 18th I will be presenting my Photography As Art seminar in Los Angeles, with dates in Denver, New York, and Indianapolis to follow in early October. Among the topics we will discuss is intrusion; an element of an image that draws the eye and stokes the fires of curiosity by being out of place in some way to it’s surroundings. This may be our most challenging contest yet, as by it’s very nature, “intrusion” implies capturing the uncommon – but I have faith we will get some amazing entries!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the winners of the 2016 Art Wolfe Next-Generation Photographers Grant and sharing my Katmai workshop with them. They have been gracious enough to send us some of their favorite images from the trip. Enjoy, and definitely give their personal websites a look!
The past week in the back country of Alaska has surpassed all of my craziest dreams and expectations. A week long fellowship with Art Wolfe, Gavriel Jecan and 7 other amazing young conservation photographers has resulted in new friends, endless inspiration, a lot of learning, and a permanent smile on my face. Simply being in the presence of some of the most incredible animals I have ever had the privilege of shooting was amazing, and to have the opportunity to learn from Art and Gavriel made it even more spectacular. Sitting by the river and watching Alaskan brown bears fish for salmon or standing in a wide open field as 3 cubs playfully tormented their tolerant and loving mother are certainly experiences I will never forget. A huge thank you to Art himself as well as everyone else at Art Wolfe Inc. and the Luminous Endowment who made this possible. We are greatly indebted to you and will certainly apply these experiences and what we learned throughout the rest of our careers.
This experience to Alaska, photographing brown bears in the incredible wilderness, far exceeded any and all expectations. Being able to learn from and shoot alongside Art Wolfe, Gavriel Jecan, and the seven other extremely talented recipients of the 2016 Next Generation Young Photographers grant is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. Not only did I return home with a portfolio of images I am very proud of, I’ve returned home with unbelievable memories. Being able to have so many wonderful experiences with brown bears, watching mothers playing with their cubs, adults catching the plentiful sockeye passing through the rivers, salmon migrating to their lake or river of birth, I will remember these fondly for the rest of my life. To everyone who made this possible, Art, Gav, the Luminous Endowment, Art Wolfe Inc., Jerry Jacques and the rest of the crew at the Bristol Bay Sportfishing and Adventure Lodge, I can’t possibly thank you any more for providing this once in a lifetime experience!
We are also about a month away from my visit to Los Angeles to present this seminar, so if you’ve been waiting on reserving your spot, now is the time! I will also be visiting Denver, New York, and Indianapolis to close out the year.
Photography As Art is a culmination of my life’s work in the field as well as my studies of the art world, and is about creating beautiful images regardless of the subject matter itself or the accessibility you may have to exotic locations. I have been blessed to have had access to vistas and wildlife the world over; however there is an endless amount of both accidental and intentional beauty all around us, wherever we may be. My goal is to share with you the vision to create and capture interesting and visually immersive images, and to couple the limitless expanse of the human imagination with artistic fundamentals. I aim to unlock the potential for we, as photographers, to capture a compelling image at any time, in any place – and to truly change the way you see.
I’m genuinely excited to bring something very dear to me to your cities. Stay tuned for additional locations for the second half of 2017!
A few spots still remain for our Palouse workshop coming up August 25th through the 28th! Capture the rolling landscapes and the old-world feel of this beautiful location. Wheat-topped hills and sporadic old barns compose a landscape seemingly frozen in time. The purity of the landscape, untouched by the modern irrigation systems that generally detract from otherwise beautiful farmland vistas, will allow you to capture truly unique images you won’t find anywhere else.
Last week I took a trip down the coast to Oregon for my Abstract Astoria workshop. I got some great new shots and also revisited a few from the past to get some updates. I’m anxious to add some of these shots to my ever-evolving Photography as Art presentation (shameless plug – the next one is happening in about a month in L.A. with a few spots still available!). I hope you enjoy the gallery!
The deadline for the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year award is coming up on September 15th, but there is still plenty of time to submit your work for consideration, and why wouldn’t you? Submit your shots of American landscapes for your chance to win!
Today we celebrate one of the more iconic and often symbolic creatures of the animal kingdom; the elephant.
Long revered for their size (African elephants weigh as much as 22,000 pounds) and intelligence, elephants are one of the few species to use tools and employ cohesive teamwork. They are also one of the more expressive and emotional members of the animal kingdom, emoting feelings of empathy and grief for fallen companions.
On this day where we honor these amazing creatures and reaffirm our efforts to conserve and expand their numbers, it couldn’t be a better time to discuss a book project and launch event that I am honored and elated to be a part of. Remembering Elephants is a collaborative effort encompassing the work of 65 of the world’s top wildlife photographers documenting the life of an elephant. 100% of the proceeds from each book sold will benefit conservation efforts.
Katmai is the gift that keeps on giving! The abundant salmon means an abundance of bears. When photographing through the churning waters, it’s tough to tell just how brilliantly scarlet the fish are. I was also able to take to the skies and photograph thousands of walruses on the pristine shores of Bristol Bay. Then, it was back to the bears – I just can’t get enough of them.
I will be posting two Katmai trips as well as a Glacier Bay small boat cruise for 2017 to our events page soon. To hear about these trips first, get on our mailing list!
I’m pleased to announce that a digital version of my book On Puget Sound is now available in our online store. For a limited time through August 14th, use code OPSAUG16 at checkout to get the eBook for $4.99!
This updated edition contains select new images from around the verdant Puget Sound region, the corner of the world I call home. From aerials of it’s sprawling waterways to captures of it’s local wildlife, I set out to create a collection of images that captures the natural beauty of the location as well as the culture of those who inhabit it.
This 150 page eBook edition is in PDF format and is available for immediate download upon purchase.
The Summer Olympics open this evening in Rio, and as a world traveler fortunate enough to have been to so many incredible places all over the globe, it’s always incredible to see nations set aside differences and come together to compete.
As the week comes to a close and the Games begin, I’m grateful to bring you some wonderful images captured on our recent workshop in Katmai National Park, Alaska. 2016 has been an incredible year for shooting, with locations I’ve visited in the past providing me with unprecedented opportunities to capture them. The denizens Katmai must have felt the competitive vibe in the air, as the wildlife in the area was at it’s best.
The bears in the park were active, expressive, and down-right ready for the spotlight as our group captured them going about their business – their every day tasks mundane to them, but a spectacle to us. Enjoy the photos as we celebrate the opening of the Olympic Games and 100 years of the National Parks Service!