I have just returned from a short, but very productive, trip to Tanzania. First up: photos from Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest inactive caldera covering an area of 100 square miles. The crater is a highly productive grassland, home to thousands of large animals, including wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, rhinos, lions, servals, and hyenas.
My two workshops on the Olympic Peninsula went off without a hitch. We got some good results in the Quinault rain forest working with the team from Leica. On the second workshop we got absolutely poured on in the Hoh, but that’s why it looks the way it does! Everyone was in great spirits and learned to photograph while holding umbrellas. Then in cleared and the weather gods treated us to a gorgeous afternoon on the Olympic National Park beaches.
“Photography as Art” is a groundbreaking new seminar created for individuals who want to spark their imagination and discover how to make artistic statements through photography. The all-day seminar encourages creative professionals to see and make art in exciting new ways. With art history as a reference point, participants explore avenues to maintain inspiration, foster their own personal style, and distinguish their photography from others.
Only a few spaces remain available for the upcoming seminar at Boston University Sunday, July 17th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain a new perspective on the way we see and capture photographs!
Sometimes I come across a book that just blows me away. Light and Dust by Federico Veronesi does just that.
At 26 he relocated to Kenya and has been photographing there intensively ever since. His book is a testament to what great photographer can do when they have a true passion and focus on a particular part of the world.
Light & Dust: Images and Stories from the Wilds of East Africa is available on Amazon.
Welcome to the Art Wolfe #PhotographyAsArt Instagram contest #2! This is the second in a series contests that will highlight the many elements of design integral to crafting compelling images.
Congratulations to our previous winner, Gretchen. Her image was shared on our social media sites as well as our blog!
On July 17th I will be presenting my Photography As Art seminar in Boston. Among the topics we will discuss is pattern. Even in nature, visual patterns are all around us. Let me see your best captures of patterns from the world around you, whether they are completely natural or influenced by man. Remember, It’s Photography as ART – it’s open to interpretation!
Entering is simple:
- Follow me on Instagram @artwolfe
- Post your personal original photo to your Instagram account using the following hashtags: #ArtWolfe #ExploreCreateInspire #PASBoston
- Deadline for entries is midnight PST on July 17th
Feel free to submit multiple images, but always keep in mind that as artists we are only as reputable as our least impactful work!
Best of luck to everyone who enters, and I look forward to more of these in the future!
I will be in London in late September to help launch of the much-heralded Remembering Elephants book project benefiting the Born Free Foundation. There will be a special evening about elephant conservation and photography at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London (1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR, UK) on September 22nd at 7:30pm.
The event will be introduced by Born Free founder Virginia McKenna OBE and as well as a presentation of the images from the book, will include talks by elephant expert Ian Redmond OBE. I will be keynoting with my Earth Is My Witness presentation, with an emphasis on my experience photographing elephants. The evening will culminate in an auction of some of the images from the book. The books themselves will also be on sale on the night with some of the 64 participating photographers available to sign them.
ALL profits from the evening will go to elephant conservation in Africa.
If you are unable attend the event, you may order the book directly here .
Last week’s opening of the Earth Is My Witness exhibit at the Stadtmuseum Schleswig was a rousing success. The visit was unfortunately short because of my workshop schedule, but I was able to get a lot in. Along with the opening of the exhibit, I met with sponsors, had a meet and greet with National Geographic readers, presented a lecture, and signed the Golden Book of the City. What an honor it was and this old heart was truly warmed by the amazing reception.
Photos © Stadtmuseum Schleswig / Tim Riediger Nordpool
Last month I held my first Instagram contest tied in with my Photography As Art seminars. Drawing from a range of topics I cover in these seminars, I chose color as the focus of this first contest, and the amount of fantastic entries was overwhelming.
In the end, we had to choose a winner, and although it took some time and help from my staff to narrow down these entries, we all came to a consensus on an image we were drawn too.
This capture by Gretchen Shepherd (instagram: @imagesbygretchen) stood out to us as a great use of color, combining off-camera colored glass work muted and reflected in the pond contrasted with the more vivid and brightly colored koi themselves.
Congratulations Gretchen, and thank you to everyone who participated!
Gretchen has prints available of this image on her online store; click here to be taken to it!
Next week I will begin another contest in anticipation of the Photography As Art seminar happening in Boston on July 17th, and I look forward to seeing more of your entries. Follow me on Instagram to participate!
After another successful Photography as Art seminar in Houston, I spent a few relaxing days photographing with my longtime friend Sean Fitzgerald. I was able to add a few new species to my bird list, including green jays and painted buntings.
Any colorful birds in Boston? That’s my next stop in July for Photography as Art!
1) Check the Olympic National Park off your bucket list. Do you have a National Parks passport? Maybe it’s time to get one and start visiting the sites of “America’s Best Idea.” The park system is marking its 100th anniversary this year.
2) Check a workshop with Art Wolfe off your bucket list. A UNESCO world heritage site combined with a world renowned photographer, who also happens to be a great teacher and inspiration? Check!
3) The trees. The temperate rainforest has a living standing biomass which may be the highest anywhere in the world. And it is stunningly gorgeous.
4) The coast. The rocky headlands, beaches, tidepools nurturing a living rainbow of colors and textures, offshore sea stacks of the park’s 73-mile wilderness coastline is a rare treasure.
5) Assistants. I am accompanied by terrific assistants to assure that your photographic experience is as rich as your surroundings. The Quinault retreat is manned by my workshop coordinator Libby as well as two experts in Leica cameras, who will have equipment on hand for you to use; Libby, Bill, Yuri, and Anthony will be working the Olympic Peninsula workshop.
6) Friendship. I don’t know how many friendships have formed as a result of these workshops in particular.
7) Vampires. They’re sexy.
8) Water. Water defines Olympic National Park. There’s a reason why the trees are massive and the moss lush; why the rivers are highways of life; why the glaciers are there to sculpt the massive peaks.
9) Wildlife. We may get lucky and see the huge Roosevelt elk that make the Olympics home.
10) Adventuresome learning. I work hard to make sure everyone comes away from these multiday workshops feeling better about and more enriched by their photography skills.