June Events Round-Up & Memorial Day Sale!

Photo shoots, seminars, meetings with publishers and galleries – June is setting up to be a very busy month! I just wrapped up a workshop in the Columbia River Gorge photographing waterfalls, and now we begin another edition of Abstract Astoria.

Here’s what’s going on in my world, and perhaps yours if you decide to join a workshop or seminar!

1.) I’ll be in the following cities presenting Photography As Art:

June 4th – Toronto, Ontario
June 11th – Chicago
June 18th – San Francisco
June 25th – Washington DC

2.) On June 5th I will be in New York presenting at OPTIC 2017, the four day imaging conference and trade show about travel & wildlife photography. It’s a free event, but does require registration.

For event information, check out the B&H page.

You can also listen to a podcast previewing the event.

3.) The Vanishing Act / Meisterhaft Getarnt open air exhibit continues through June 30th in Hamburg’s Überseequartier. Admission is free & the exhibit can be viewed 24/7.

4.) In honor of Memorial day, we’ll be offering a special discount on PAA events purchased in June – just use code “PAAMemorialDay” at checkout on any of the PAA events happening in Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, or Washington DC listed above, as well as the events in Austin and Dallas this December and recieve 25$ off!

5.) Lastly, looking a bit ahead to the fall for good reason as spaces are beginning to go – join me in October at my Lake Quinault Photography retreat where we will not only be photographing the lush flora and fauna of the area, but also do some technical work with monitor calibration and EPSON printers for those of you interested in doing your own spectacular prints at home!

Here in Seattle, we’re glad to see the sun (finally) and hope you’re also enjoying the spring and looking forward to summer!

 

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A Heart-Felt Testimonial Makes It All Worth While!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At every Photography As Art  seminar I present, I’m consistently reinvigorated in my approach by the heart-felt words I receive from participants. The exchanges before, during, and after my presentation illustrate why I take this message of changing the way you see as a photographer and artist on the road.

I received a testimonial from Jack, an attendee of the Portland event this past Sunday, who’s kind words and the time he took to send them are a true pay-off for the energy I’ve put into creating and continually refining the message of Photography As Art.

I was so appreciative of this gesture that I asked Jack for his permission to share his words. He has summarized so well the perspective I hope everyone is able to take away from these seminars. Enjoy!

I attended the “Photography as Art” seminar in Portland this past Sunday.  I continue to mine the experience and discover more and more gold.

 

It was amazing how different it was to be at the seminar versus watching Art on Creative Live.  One could not help but feel a connection to Art, the person.  He is one of the most open, vulnerable, accepting and receptive people I have been around.  It is easy to see how he makes such a strong connection to people all over the planet.  Who he is as a person is integral to his art and his photography.  What I came away with is much deeper and broader than the content of what Art taught (valuable as that was).

 

Art is a work in progress.  He is constantly changing and evolving.  Rather than whining about the radical changes in photography over the past decade, he uses those changes as an opportunity to grow and move in new and different directions.  This is a life lesson.  I am 81 years old, but I find this lesson as valuable today as when I was 20 (maybe even more so with the dramatic demands of aging).  I started my photographic journey in 1950 with a Brownie Hawkeye and an el cheapo darkroom in my tiny closet.  What I know is that I am the best photographer and artist that I have ever been right now.

 

What Art made crystal clear was that being an artist and a fine photographer is no sense dependent upon traveling the globe the way that he has.  Rather it is all about training the eye.  His presentations demonstrated that he sees things that few of the rest of us see.  But what he helped us to understand is that what is crucial is that “seeing” is a learnable skill.  If we are intentional and focused and willing to work at it, all of us can develop our eyes and see things that we have not seen before.  If we were bed-ridden, we could still continue to grow as artists and photographers; we would still have the potential to create some of our best work.

 

I think that most of us came away with a deeper hope for our creative journeys.  Seeing how truly “alive” Art is made each of us aware of our potential to be more truly alive.  And for my money that is much more important than art or photography per se.

 

-Jack
Portland, Oregon

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10 Great Things About Photography As Art & Share Your Artistic Photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope May is off to a great start for everyone so far! In Seattle, we finally had some warmer weather show up only to be capped off with beautiful storms that reminded us we’ve not quite turned the corner yet. As this post goes live, I’ll be down town preparing to give my talk at the Blue Earth Alliance Collaborations For Cause event. I’m looking forward to sharing a lifetime of work with everyone in attendance.

May kicks off another leg of my Photography As Art seminars, starting this Sunday in Portland. Following that, I’ll be in Scottsdale, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC. For those of you in the Texas area, I’ll be visiting Dallas and Austin in December!

In observation of mothers day, for the next week we are offering a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal for all Photography As Art Seminars. Use code “PAAMOM17” at checkout when purchasing two or more seminar tickets.

Here are 10 great things you’ll experience and take away from these seminars, and continue reading below to see how you can share your artistic captures and creations with the Photography As Art community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.) Spend the day with me! These seminars are very personal to me, and it’s an honor to get to share them with you. Each one is a new experience with a room full of fellow photographers of all skill levels and backgrounds.

9.) Add new ideas and techniques to your skill set! As an educational seminar, this one is obvious – but with something as subjective as art it’s important to note that you’ll come away with tangible, actionable skills to put to use.

8.) Network with fellow photographers! These seminars are a great way to meet other photography enthusiasts in your local area. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own local club focused on utilizing photography to create artistic statements.

7.) Have a good time! Those who know me best know that the human element, humor, and having a warm and genuine good time are of utmost importance to me.

6.) Photography As Art has always been a work in progress. Hear the stories behind many of the abstract photos you may have seen posted on my blog in recent months and years.

5.) Learn from my lifetime of artistic study and work in the field; I’ve been blessed to have lived a life of art and photography, one I’ve never taken for granted. Let me pass the distillation of these experiences on to you.

4.) Along with that lifetime of study comes a background in art history. A large part of interpreting photography as an artistic statement comes from an analysis of some of the greats . . .

3.) . . . and their artistic concepts, explored, can lead to new and inspirational ideas to incorporate into the way you shoot. . .

2.) . . . by expanding your visual imagination and growing your artistic vocabulary.

1.) Ultimately, my goal is to change the way you see. Some have heard me pose this as “ruining your life”, because after this seminar you won’t be able to look anywhere without being distracted by an artistic photographic opportunity!

Be sure to follow me on instagram @artwolfe and share your work! Use the hashtags #ArtWolfe #ExploreCreateInspire and #PhotographyAsArt to share your captures. I might eventually have my staff upload a gallery of some of the best artistic images using these hashtags to share with our Photography As Art community, so be sure to include your information when posting them so we can give proper credit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s also a great place to see daily images like this one. I’ve recently been working with my staff to scan slides from decades past, and this one from the early 80’s in Tibet went up yesterday for #ThrowbackThursday!

Have a great weekend, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who will be in attendance in Portland on Sunday!

 

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Give Mom a Day with Art Wolfe! Photography As Art Seminar – Buy One Get One 50% Off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Flash Sale!

Now through mothers day, when you purchase one spot in an upcoming Photography As Art seminar, get a second for 50% off! Add two seminars to your cart in our online store and use code “PAAMOM17” at checkout, or call us at 1-206-332-0993 to sign up!

Spend the day with Art as he discusses art history, design, and imagination –  and how to utilize these elements to turn every day photographs in any location into artistic photographic statements. Change the way you see the world around you!

Photography As Art is coming soon to the following cities:

Portland, Oregon – Sunday May 7th

Scottsdale, Arizona – Saturday, May 13th

Toronto, Ontario – Sunday, June 4th

Chicago, Illinois – Sunday, June 11th

San Francisco, California – Sunday, June 18th

Washington D.C. – Sunday, June 25th

Dallas, Texas – Saturday, December 2nd

Austin, Texas – Sunday, December 3rd

 

Photography as Art Seminar Trailer from Art Wolfe on Vimeo.

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Pacific Northwest Events Spring Line-up

I will be busy this spring in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes it’s a good thing to hang around the neighborhood and get reacquainted.

March 11-12, Seattle: Photography as Art Deluxe Edition

Here in my home town I am offering a special meet and greet that will take place at my house. There will be hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a special slide show! I will also include a copy of one of my popular how-to books. The following day, we will rendezvous at the Frye Art Museum for the seminar. For those of you who attended the debut of this seminar at Kenmore Camera over a year ago, please be aware that it has been extensively updated.

April 13-16, Olympic Peninsula Workshop

Hop on this perennial favorite! I myself have decided to do just that and will co-lead this workshop with Gavriel Jecan, Yuri Choufour, and Libby Pfeiffer. We will explore this internationally recognized biosphere that is in our backyard–this is a wonderland where the scent of saltwater and fir hang in the air and the horizon sometimes seems to make the entire world appear to be shades of blue and green.

May 5-6, Seattle: Blue Earth Alliance Collaborations for a Cause (#C4C17)

C4C17 is the 5th annual visual storytelling event put on by Blue Earth Alliance. They have brought together socially conscious businesses, non-profits, educators, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, exploration, and partnership building. I will be presenting the opening keynote, “All in a Life’s Work: The Creative Process of Art Wolfe” on Friday, May 5th at 9:00 AM.

May 7: Portland: Photography As Art

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.

May 24-28: Abstract Astoria Photography Retreat

This is fast becoming my second most popular workshop. Situated at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, Astoria is a fascinating and revitalizing port city with a history tied to the early territorial aspirations of the United States. My goal is work closely with each participant to truly transform and refine their skills while exploring the nature of creativity itself.

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2016 Year In Review

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.

The 175 print Earth Is My Witness exhibition was on display at two locations in Germany and seen by over 15000 people. I had gallery shows at the Rotella Gallery in Bellevue, WA; the Andrei Duman Gallery in Woodland Hills, CA; and was part of the National Parks shows at The G2 Gallery in Venice, CA.

Several books were published including Migrations, Photographs from the Edge, and foreign editions of The Art of the Photograph.

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.

Now in 2017 I am gearing up for Photography as Art presentations, starting January 22 in Austin, TX. After that it’s back to Germany to present at the Mundologia Festival. In March I will be presenting at the NANPA Summit in Jacksonville, FL. Later in the year I will be heading to Greenland for the first time. I invite you to join me!

I look forward to sharing my travels in 2017 with you, and wish everyone a wonderful New Year!

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Photography As Art Coming to Austin in Two Weeks!

Calling all Texans! I’ll be at the Zach Theater in Austin on January 22nd (that’s in 2 weeks!) to deliver my “Photography as Art” seminar.

Help me spread the word and share this with anyone you think may be interested in attending!

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.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

 

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Photography As Art in Indianapolis this Sunday!

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This upcoming Sunday, I will be heading to the “Crossroads of America”, Indianapolis, to present Photography As Art in the DeBoest Lecture Hall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There is still time to join the seminar and spend the day with me as I discuss the many ways to use photography as an artistic medium to identify and capture the design elements in the world around us, creating visually interesting images in virtually any location.

Sign up now to reserve your spot in the seminar!

Highly recommended! I couldn’t wait to grab my camera and try some of the techniques that Art shared today. The images we saw were stunning. Art explained a very difficult concept seemingly with ease and inspired the attendees to see photography in a different way.

 

-Patti E., seminar participant

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Photography As Art NYC Sunday – Photographs from the Edge Published in the UK Today!

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Two exciting bits of news today for those of you in New York and across the pond in the U.K.!

Limited spots still remain available for my Photography As Art Seminar in New York City this Sunday. During this day-long seminar you’ll learn from my lifetime of experience and interest in treating photography as an artistic medium how to create compelling and creative shots wherever you happen to be in the world, including your own back yard. Maximizing the artistic and creative opportunities of capturing images has always been a priority in my work, and I look forward to sharing my insights and experiences with you!

Sign up on our events page, or call 1-206-332-0993 to reserve your spot today!

I have attended several other Art Wolfe workshops in the past and have always learned something new. The Photography as Art Workshop in Denver was no different! I am by inclination a nature photographer, but Art’s presentation was much more than just nature photography. It was truly inspiring, and will have a significant impact on my photography in the future. Art’s message truly hit home for me. I would recommend the Photograph as Art Workshop to anyone with a serious interest in photography.

-Darryl D., Denver CO.

 

My latest book, Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World has been published and is now available in the UK as of today as well! Photographs from the Edge is a lifetime of experience distilled into a rich photographic education. Many of these photographs can never be duplicated as cultures and landscapes are transformed and wildlife diminishes or disappears all together.

Have a great weekend, and I look forward to meeting everyone at my seminar in New York on Sunday!

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From Buffalo Roundup to Aspen, Colorado


This past Friday I headed for Custer State Park in South Dakota. I had heard about their annual buffalo (yes, we all know they are bison but it’s not called a “bison head nickel”) round-up. They have about 1200 head of wild buffalo in the park, and once a year they will round-up the herd to check their health and cull as needed depending on the state of the grasslands.

I was met by photographer, Ron Fry, a long time park volunteer and all around nice guy who gave me a tour of both viewing locations and some tips for where I might be able to get the shot I was looking for – namely a pattern of buffalo, thick with animals where one back and shoulder overlaps the next. Throw in some dust kicking up in the air and I’d be especially happy.

I was anticipating the shot – but not the sound and spectacle of the round-up itself. Some 40 men and women on horseback pushed the buffalo into a meadow before driving them to the first of two fenced areas. Out of the stampede, individuals would try and cut away – only to see a horse and rider take off at a dead run chasing them down and turning them back to the group. Constant “Whoops!”, “Yips!”, and “Yaws!” could be heard all-around the valley.

And then the whip! The crack was like a gunshot – never touching the animals, to be sure, but from behind pushing them forward into a run down the hill and into the fenced-in valley below where I was waiting along with some 10,000 others to watch the charge.

Bulls can weigh 2000 pounds, stand 6 feet tall and run up to 35 miles per hour! They are very dangerous animals and in the past have even taken down a horse and rider during this annual round up (the rider was fine though the horse did not survive). This is not a domestic cattle round up by any stretch.

Once in the larger fenced off area they were then herded to the gates of the smaller corrals where a treat of fresh hay, water and a rest lured them in. It was at that bottleneck of the second gate where I got the shot I wanted – a dense crush of buffalo where you can hardly see the ground as one back and head overlapped the next.

From South Dakota, it was then off to Colorado to present Photography As Art to an amazing and gracious crowd in Denver, but first I set my sights on Aspen for what else – Aspen trees of course! The fall colors were in full effect, and the whites, greys, yellows, and greens painted the breathtaking Colorado landscape. It was an excellent and peaceful way to end a busy weekend, and I’m especially grateful to the new friends I made on yet another adventure!

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