We’ve actually had a winter in Washington state this year – a odd ending to what was, unfortunately, the second warmest recorded year in U.S. history. It has been good to see the mountains with a decent snow pack for a change. A couple weeks ago I took a quick run up to the Skagit Valley, a large swath of mostly farmland roughly an hour’s drive north of Seattle. I am always searching for owls and saw none this time, but we did manage to find some nice arboreal landscapes. Enjoy!
This past weekend was a full one in Texas. On Friday and Saturday I went out photographing with NANPA president Sean Fitzgerald. We found a small flock of the extremely endangered whooping cranes along the Aransas Bay, where they spend their winter. NANPA – the North American Nature Photography Association – will be holding it’s 2017 Nature Photography Summit in Jacksonville, Florida on March 2nd through the 4th.
Green is the theme for 2017, or so says color arbiter Pantone. The Pantone Institute of Color holds a clandestine meeting twice a year to determine a hue to represent the year, and to drive design. I can’t argue with that, having lived in the verdant Pacific Northwest all my life.
I was recently invited to join a podcast with Jim Harmer and Nick Page from improvephotography.com. We covered a range of topics from learning to use fine art principles to serve as an entry point into shooting subjects and locations, to how to get noticed and market yourself using today’s technologies, while still staying true to yourself as an artist and creator.
If the podcast inspires you and you live in the Texas area, sign-ups are still available in Austin this weekend for the presentation of my Photography As Art seminar, where I dive much deeper into many of the topics we touch on in the podcast. Check out our events page to see if PAA is coming to a location near you in 2017!
The lone Grant’s zebra engulfed by a sea of moving wildebeests in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve caught my attention. I waited for the confused zebra to turn into the herd, and I composed the image off-center to add a sense of tension.
Save 20% on any Zebra and Wildebeest Migration print purchased this month. These Open Edition prints are printed on EPSON Premium Photo Luster paper using archival EPSON Ultrachrome inks. Art signs the print with a silver acid-free pen. Get more information about our Fine Art prints here.
2016 ended with the airing of Tales by Light — this time to the global audience of Netflix. This has led to a renewed interest in my 26-episode series Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge, which you can purchase on DVD or catch on PBS and CreateTV, as well as in Germany and France on ARTE-7.
I traveled to nineteen countries, flew 189,437 miles and was at sea for 9,872 miles in the following areas: Antarctica, India, Laos, California, Washington, Florida, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Galapagos, Texas, Germany, Tanzania, Alaska, Oregon, Democratic Republic of Congo, London, Colorado, Manitoba, South Georgia Island, Falkland Islands, Myanmar, and Minnesota.
Every year I do a slideshow of my year’s travels for friends and you can see the images here.
I was also honored to have one of my images chosen to represent Yellowstone National Park in the USPS Forever Stamp collection commemorating 100 years of the National Park Service. The iconic image used to represent one of the world’s great parks is also available for purchase as a print in my online store.
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In this full-day seminar, you’ll learn that the beauty, emotion and versatility expressed through photography are matched only by the limits of your imagination. Using art history as a reference point, the seminar highlights common visual elements, from shape and space to texture and light, and shows you how to apply them to enhance your own compositions. You’ll explore innovative ways to translate conceptual ideas into creative results, learn how to spot the non-obvious, and uncover new ways to expand your visual imagination.
Earlier this month I was in Myanmar for ten days, leading a photo journey with Gavriel Jecan. It was a pleasure revisiting the gritty markets of Yangon, the temples of Bagan, and the still waters of Inle Lake, perfect for photographing the now-famous fishermen.