Ten Reasons to Take the Abstract Astoria Workshop

1) Limited to 8 participants (and only 2 spots left now!), this guarantees more one-on-one time with Art in the field. Due to the intensive nature of this workshop it is critical for participants to have an opportunity to work closely with Art so he can thoroughly explain the magic behind complex compositions.

2) Art will incorporate lectures from his popular seminar Photography As Art (also coming to Portland on May 7th!) as it is the main focus of this workshop. If you have seen this seminar and are looking to take the next step with this type of photography this is the workshop for you. Art will drive home the concepts that he teaches during that seminar in the field and will change the way you look at photography altogether.

3) It is extended by one day. This means one entire extra day in the field, providing us with the opportunity to incorporate some of the new locations that Art just scouted this year. It also gives the participants a bigger variety of photographic opportunities and compositions.

4) The extra day also grants us time to incorporate morning critiques throughout the workshop instead of having it at the end. This is fantastic because you will have time to learn from your mistakes while there is still time to photograph in the field.

5) The great thing about this location is that many people do not see the photographic potential that it has to offer, so it is fantastic to open up your perspectives on things. It is amazing to see the transformation of what starts as an old rusty object, and becomes a magnificent piece of artwork.

6) We will take the opportunity to work with 6-stop Neutral Density filters to show people how they can use them in the field to add an ethereal quality to their photographs. The many pilings that the surrounding area has to offer is a perfect subject for this.

7) The accommodations that we have selected are top notch! The Cannery Pier hotel offers nice hors d’oeuvres and wine every evening, granting our participants a chance to relax and socialize after an intensive day in the field.

8) The city of Astoria also has very nice restaurants where the entire group will dine together every evening. It’s nice to have an opportunity to have meals together as you really get to know the entire group better. Many people form long-lasting friendships after attending our workshops together.

9) See Astoria, Oregon which holds the distinction of being the first permanent United States settlement on the Pacific coast and for having the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains.

10) Don’t forget, you get a Human Canvas Book, with a collectors edition print! Add this wonderful collectors edition signed and numbered book+print to your collection, as an added bonus.

“I took this workshop to begin to develop “seeing” beyond the obvious. This workshop definitely started me along this path. Mr. Wolfe dedicated a morning to instill an appreciation into the abstract world and with his critiques of our images, added to my understanding of abstractions in photography. I plan to bring these elements into my landscape photography to see beyond the obvious.”
-Walter D.

 

Finally, check out the participant photo gallery for some of the amazing images captured in past Abstract Astoria workshops:


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2015 Year in Review

Some years are publishing years, some are traveling, 2015 was for reshaping the business—a necessity in the ever-changing photography industry. I closed my downtown Seattle gallery and launched this website, focusing my core business online and allowing me the ability to concentrate on other projects, of which there are many.

TV: Tales by Light aired in Australia & New Zealand

All the filming that I did in 2014 with Abraham Joffe and the Untitled Film Works crew—in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Alaska, and here in Seattle—finally came to fruition. Tales by Light is a joint Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel production & I hope it comes to the US soon!

As for Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge, it continues to air in broadcast markets worldwide.

Travel & Photography: The year was bookended by East Africa

While travel slowed somewhat in 2015, I still managed trips to Tanzania (twice), Kenya, Yellowstone National Park (twice), Antarctica, India, Bali, Japan, Iceland, Washington State, Alaska, Svalbard, California, and Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. The final expedition of the year was to the Danakil Basin of Ethiopia.


Presentations, Gallery Shows, and Articles

I lectured at, among other places, Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Fine Art, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Portland’s OMSI, and at #OPTIC2015 in New York. Human Canvas took over the Rotella Gallery in Soho for the month of November. DPreview.com published several well-received articles on my experiences photographing emperor penguins, humpback whales, and Iceland.

Books: A year of foreign editions

 

The Art of the Photograph in Spanish

El Arte de la Fotografia

 

Earth Is My Witness in French and German by National Geographic

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Vanishing Act in USA, German & French

VANISHING ACT Photographs by Art Wolfe, text by Barbara Sleeper In this revised edition, legendary wildlife photographer Art Wolfe turns to one of nature's most fundamental survival techniques: the vanishing act. His portraits show animals and insects disappearing into their surroundings, using deceptions, disguises, lures, and decoys to confuse the eye of both predator and prey. Spotting each cryptic animal amid Wolfe's clever compositions is both a fun and an informative challenge. At a time when many species are performing permanent vanishing acts due to habitat loss and human encroachment, this book showcases the beauty and evolutionary extremes of animal behavior and artfully illustrates the tenacious will to stay alive in an eat-or-be-eaten world. Softcover: 224 pages Publisher: Cameron + Company; Revised edition (Oct 14, 2014) Language: English Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.5 inches Preorder: http://store.artwolfe.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=526 Book will be signed and shipped October 14, 2014. (Cover design and release date subject to change)Meisterhaft getarntL'art du camouflage001

Awards & Honoraria

Earth Is My Witness garnered several publishing awards, including an IBPA Benjamin Franklin and an Independent Publisher. As for moi, I was named honorary chair of Washington Wild.

Top Blog Posts of 2015

Why I Do What I Do
Pretty in Pink: Springtime in Japan
Yes on 1401: Save Animals Facing Extinction (YES- it passed in November!)
Technique: Creating Graphic Images
Revealing Africa’s Major Elephant Ivory Poaching Hotspots
Travels To The Edge Music in the Japan Episode
Fall in Wyoming
Technique: Creating Abstract Images
International Cheetah Day
Colors of the Year 2016

Now on to 2016: new books! Museum shows in Europe! Exciting travel and learning opportunities!

 

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Human Canvas at Rotella Gallery SOHO

Take a virtual tour of the Human Canvas by Art Wolfe exhibit currently at the Rotella Gallery in Soho, New York, through December 3rd. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
468 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012

 

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Human Canvas Exhibit at Rotella Gallery

Rotella Galleryhumancanvas_shaman_study_001 Presents: Human Canvas by Art Wolfe

The Rotella Gallery invites appreciators and collectors of Fine Art Photography to join us for the exhibition of internationally renowned photographer, Art Wolfe and his “Human Canvas.” The highly collectible Human Canvas series is a culmination of Wolfe’s extensive background in painting and photography. Blending these two disciplines manifests as an intriguingly unique showcase of Art’s talents and insight, which challenges our perception and concept of nude photography.

Details

The Rotella Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibit on November 5th, 2015 from 6-9pm, including a meet and greet with Art Wolfe.

Human Canvas will run from November 5th – December 3rd, 2015. The location of the exhibit and opening reception will be held at the Rotella Gallery SOHO.

The exhibit is open the public Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. We do ask however, that you please RSVP for the reception by emailing rsvp@rotellagallery.com. For general inquiries, please contact inquiries@rotellagallery.com or 212-260-1140.

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Tales By Light Premiering May 24th!

 

Last year I traveled extensively with cinematographer Abraham Joffe and the Untitled Films Works crew, filming in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Alaska and here in Seattle. This work has come to fruition in “Tales By Light” produced by Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel.

I am a featured photographer along with Darren Jew, Richard I’Anson, Peter Eastway and Krystle Wright.

The series premiers May 24th in Australia on National Geographic Channel. (See the media release for more information.)

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New Human Canvas Shoot

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I was very excited to get back in the studio for the first time in two years to continue my exploration of the Human Canvas project–this time with a Leica. It germinated in my mind over 20 years ago and I’m not nearly through with it yet. Abraham Joffe and his crew were in from Australia to film the day’s work as well,which was long, tiring and wonderful.

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©Gavriel Jecan

 

www.humancanvasproject.com

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TEDxRainier Video Now Live

Did you miss the TEDxRainier event live last weekend? Well you can still catch Art’s talk via the web! Art’s portion begins at 04:42:06.

www.tedxrainier.com

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Official Grand Opening of the Rotella Gallery in Soho

See prints from the HUMAN CANVAS now available at the Rotella Gallery.

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Meet the Artist Natural-Wonders-Gallery:

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Meet the Artist night at The Natural Wonders Gallery – Images by Art Wolfe

On Monday I was in Las Vegas to sign Human Canvas prints for the new Natural Wonders Gallery opening in New York. Later the gallery hosted a Meet the Artist reception. Many thanks to the gallery staff for setting this up and all the people who attended.

http://www.facebook.com/TheNaturalWondersGallery

http://natural-wonders-gallery.com/#/Welcome/

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Thai Tattoo: A Human Canvas Tradition

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The Human Canvas: Traditional Thai Tattoo – Images by Art Wolfe

Tattooing is an ancient art & in Thailand it started with Buddhist monks, who believed sacred texts gave them protection. Thai icons such as tigers are now very popular, but are not powerful unless they are surrounded by the proper mantras.

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