A Touch of Twilight

In early August, five photographers gathered in western Washington for a journey into the wild landscapes of Olympic National Park. Not so unusual… except for the way we met.

We met each other through Art Wolfe’s Facebook page.

When Brigitte Lucke (from Mallorca, Spain) announced she was coming to Seattle in early August, Emily M. Wilson, Victoria Hobbs Braden, Carol Ann Morris (that’s me) (all from western Washington), and Kathy Pfeifer Hansen (from Oregon) were quickly on-board to grab gear and go shoot. A cabin (The “Twilight Eclipse”) was found in Forks, Washington, and the trip was set. Olympic National Park gave us cascading waterfalls (Marymere and Sol Duc), zen-like landscapes (Cape Flattery), beach sunsets (Rialto), and silhouettes and sand formations (Ruby Beach). Add in bald eagles, turkey vultures, cedar waxwings, and it became an extraordinary adventure! Then we were off to Hurricane Ridge (at 4am) for a blazing sunrise and dramatic moonset (the views of each just 500 feet apart). Next was Obstruction Point, where we spotted a sunning marmot, and a cautious ptarmigan with her flock.

We ended our journey in Seattle, at Emily’s home. The super moon, houseboats, a paddle-boarder that somersaulted for our cameras, a Lebanese toddler, flying kites, Tibetan monks, Korean girls, Seattle at night, a lightening storm, visiting Art at his home… it was all one big grand photo op. We felt as if we’d known each other for months, not just the seven days since Brigitte first stepped off the train in Seattle.

A big heart-felt thanks from all of us, Art. Because of you, we connected.

This has become a wonderful circle of friends because of Art. I am so fortunate to have met Art last October and to go outside my comfort zone in an effort to meet the others. I have not only learned a great deal in the last 10 months, but have gained so many friends. I feel blessed.

-Kathy Hansen

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Earth Is My Witness
one month away

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The publication date for Earth Is My Witness is now only one month away. At nearly 400 pages with over 475 photos, it’s my magnum opus, an encyclopedic project of my best work over the last four decades. It’s design is unique as well, with twelve multi-page gatefolds included in its five chapters.

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“Each of his photographs, however beautifully composed and aesthetically astonishing, resonates with authenticity, the power and wonder of the world as it really is.”

~Wade Davis, award-winning author and National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence

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Earth Is My Witness
Introduction by Wade Davis | Hardcover | 11 x 14 inches | 396 pages | Chroma Centric advanced printing process

Pre-order special (Ends Ocotober 13th) includes a bonus archival print (approx. 8×10) signed by Art and suitable for framing.

Earth Is My Witness Pub Date October 15, 2014 Photography by Art Wolfe Introduction by Wade Davis Hardcover | 11x14 inches | 356 pages Preorder special: http://store.artwolfe.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=525Humpback whale, Vava'u, Tonga

Pre-order HERE

Book + print will be shipped October 15.

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Oregon Coast Workshop Participant Gallery

This three day workshop was filled with intensive field sessions. Art’s goal was to work closely with each participant to really transform and refine their skills. An image can have the power to stimulate the imagination and intellect while also telling a story that awakens the senses. He challenged them to explore the nature of creativity and discover ways to bring its power to each image.

Everyone that attended explored photography and the subjects that were presented more thoroughly than they ever had before. They all walked away with a new perspective on photography and a new found inspiration.

Photographs featured by:

Brian Allen

David Mierowsky

Don Turriaga

Jackie Anderson

John Szafranski

Larry Way

Miki Teixeira

“I have taken snapshots for more than 10 years, but I hit a wall. I knew there was something missing in my work but I just could not see it. This was my first workshop; Art Wolfe’s Oregon Coast workshop on Composition and Design. His distinctive view of the world, coupled with a unique talent to teach reinvigorated me. It was well worth the investment to get me to the next level. Thank you.”

-Don Turriaga

 

“The workshop was the most intense, personal experience of any photo seminars/workshops I’ve attended.  The focus on the artistic aspects of photography really whet my appetite and senses to see more of what surrounds me for photo opportunities.  The review of technical basics like the 10 deadly sins plus the near genius demonstration by Art of the capabilities of Lightoom will allow me to continue to progress as a serious amateur.  Art’s assistants were also very helpful and courteous throughout the 3 days—they complemented Art very nicely.  I would definitely consider attending another session to continue to grow my skills and vision.”

-John Szafranski

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Mount Rainier Workshop

Mount Rainier is my backyard and I have been going there since my youth. There is nothing better that rediscovering it with new people. The wildflowers were in full bloom and the clear night sky revealed the Milky Way in all its cosmic glory.

Missed this year’s workshop? I have planned another for 2015!

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50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

wild50ToEnjoyOn September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.

www.wilderness50th.org

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