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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New Art Wolfe Pro Tours Page!

Try as I may, unfortunately I can’t be everywhere at once – and with my busy schedule I end up missing out on the opportunity to visit some of my favorite locations to lead workshops.

To that end I’ve created the Art Wolfe Pro Tours set of workshops – trips to these knowledge-rich haunts led by my trusted associates; photographers and friends I’ve worked with for many years whom I trust to adhere to the style and message I aim to convey when teaching in the field, as well as in my talks and critiques. They have accompanied me on countless trips over the years, and their knowledge of these locations and our travels together ensures it will be time well spent, as each Pro Tours instructor brings a unique background and perspective to the table.

Check out the new Pro Tours page and get to know a little bit about each of these trusted instructors and peruse the list of locations they’ll be visiting soon!

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One Month Away – Olympic Peninsula Workshop!

I have decided to jump in on the Olympic Peninsula workshop happening in in April with Gavriel Jecan, Yuri Choufour and Libby Pfeiffer. It is only one month away, so now is the time to pull the trigger if you’ve been contemplating joining us to capture the forests, coastline, and mountain peaks of this lush location. Join myself and trusted instructors in an area with a never ending variety of subjects to shoot!

If you need any more persuading here are ten reasons to take this workshop!

Check out the terrific photos our past workshop participants have taken here:


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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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It’s Showtime!

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With Art Wolfe’s Travel to the Edge airing in the US & Europe and Tales by Light streaming on Netflix, you can binge watch all these gloriously filmed, international episodes to your heart’s content and then figure out where you want to travel to next.

On ARTE+7 you can see all 26 episodes of Travels to the Edge in French & German.
Voyages au bout du monde
Entdeckungsreisen ans Ende der Welt

Check out the Travels to the Edge schedule here.

If you haven’t already seen it, Season 1 of Tales by Light is riveting. The six half hour long episodes follow five photographers around the world documenting their approach to photography and story telling: Darren Jew, a nature and underwater photographer, Krystle Wright, an adventure sports photographer, Richard I’Anson, a travel photographer, and Peter Eastway, a landscape photographer.

Five photographers & six episodes–the math doesn’t add up, you say. Two of the episodes follow me on wildlife and cultural adventures in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, and Alaska. In “Tribes”, you’ll catch glimpses of my work with the Surma people of Ethiopia, and gain huge insight into my Human Canvas Project. In “Wild” I visit Alaska, among other locations, to photograph the mountainous landscape and brown bears of Katmai to which I am leading workshops in 2017 and the same dates for 2018.

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Art Wolfe Pro Tours

Photographers at sunset, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Since I can’t be everywhere, all the time, and all things to all people, I have recruited several colleagues for USA-based trips in 2017. These Art Wolfe Pro Tours are led by exceptionally able photographers and travelers Gavriel Jecan, Sean Fitzgerald, and Yuri Choufour, who are well versed in my curriculum and teaching style. Who knows, you will probably have more fun without me!

There are ten featured destinations:

Death Valley March 9-12, 2017
Joshua Tree March 16-19, 2017
Moab March 30-April 2, 2017
Olympic Peninsula April 13-16, 2017
Abstract Astoria April 20-23, 2017
Palouse May 18-21, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains May 25-28, 2017
Big Sur July 20-23, 2017
Mt Rainier Aug 10-13, 2017
Grand Teton Sept 21-24, 2017

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Five Places to Visit with Art Wolfe

Whooper swans, Hokkaido Island, Japan

1.) Glacier Bay National Park – Exclusive Tour

SOLD OUT! Get on the waiting list, and we will let you know if a spot opens up!

Whooper swans, Hokkaido Island, Japan

2. & 3.) Katmai National Park – Trip 1 and Trip 2

So good I’ll be going twice! Many of you may have recently watched Tales By Light with it’s release to Netflix streaming, and now is your chance to visit this featured location with me.

4.) Northeast Greenland

Board the expedition ship Sea Endurance with myself and Kevin Raber of Luminous Landscape and three other professional instructors for an unforgettable 11 day photo tour up the eastern coast of Greenland.

Whooper swans, Hokkaido Island, Japan

5.) Japan in 2018

A favorite location from the Travels to the Edge series, Japan in the winter is a magical place to take an intimate group of travelers!

 

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Do You Really Need A Reason to Travel to Myanmar In December?

I can certainly provide some!

1.) Don’t make the Buddha angry – it’s not too late to sign up for the trip!

2.) Escape the holiday madness, and of course the cold weather!

3) Traveling with Art Wolfe and Gavriel Jecan will educate and challenge you, all while being FUN!

4.) Myanmar opened its doors to tourism only a few years ago –  see it through the eyes of a master photographer familiar with the location!

5.) Ancient ruins, lost in time.

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6.) Hot air balloon rides over said Ancient Ruins!

7.) Ancient traditions, long hidden from the outside world.

8.) Witness a people and a country begin to shape their own future before your very eyes!

9.) Did I mention the weather? I will again, because I personally can’t wait to ditch the fall and winter weather for a spectacular sunny break in the east!

10.) And finally – and adventure to south east Asia with yours truly all along the way, because why not?

Monks on the U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar

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Third Quarter 2016 Images


Take a virtual journey and check out a few of my favorites taken between July 1st and September 30th. Locations include: Alaska’s Glacier Bay and Katmai National Parks, Oregon’s town of Astoria, the Congo’s Nyirangongo Crater and Virunga National Park, Tanzania’s Katavi National Park and the annular eclipse, Washington’s San Juan Islands, and a quick trip to California’s Venice Beach and London, England.

Check out my events page and join me on an upcoming trip! A couple spots are still available for one I am particularly excited about; an adventure to mystical Myanmar in December, where I’ve collected some of my best shots of the exotic cultures and ancient ruins. Escape the cold and capture once in a lifetime images Gavriel Jecan and myself!

If you like what you see of the beautiful Alaskan wildlife and landscape, sign up for trips in 2017 to Glacier Bay and Katmai National Park.

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Time is Running Out to Join me in Myanmar in December!

Escape the blustery winter months for a time and join myself and Gavriel Jecan for an intimate and exotic tour to Myanmar this December! From visiting the still-standing colonial downtown of Yangon, to a hot air balloon tour over historical Bagan, this tour of an exotic location is the opportunity of a lifetime for those seeking adventure in a unique and infrequently visited location. Myanmar is a location lost in time, and this is an exciting opportunity to witness the evolution of a country.

Time is running out to sign up for the few spots remaining for this small scale tour! Sign up now, and leave those wintry December blues behind and travel with me in search of sunshine and adventure in the east!


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