Texas Tuesday! Three Events kicking off December in the Lone Star State

December is fast approaching, and I’ll be spending the first week or so in Texas with a trio of dates! It all kicks off on the evening of Friday, December 1st at 7:30 PM where I’ll be delivering my Eart Is My Witness presentation at Sean Fitzgerald’s studio in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas. Earth Is My Witness is a presentation focused on the stories behind some of the most iconic images of my 40-plus year career.

The next day, join me back in this same location for the full-day presentation of Photography As Art! I’ve created this seminar to counter the photographic locations, compositions, and themes we see recycled time and time again, and aim to teach each participant to see the world around them in an entirely new way; to use any location to their advantage, and capture the often unseen elements around us to create unique artistic images.

The following day I’ll be taking Photography As Art down the highway to Austin – so if the trek up to Dallas is a bit too lengthy, then join me at UT Austin!

I’m looking forward to visiting Texas, and I hope to see you there. Follow the links below to purchase tickets for these events:

Friday, December 1st: Earth Is My Witness – Dallas

Saturday, December 2nd: Photography As Art – Dallas

Sunday, December 3rd: Photography As Art – Austin

 

 

 

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Father’s Day Flash Sale! Need a Gift For Dad?

Father’s Day Flash Sale!

Now through this Sunday 6/18, 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 “FathersDayPAA” 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 to the following cities:

San Francisco, California – Sunday, June 18th

Washington D.C. – Sunday, June 25th

Dallas, Texas – Saturday, December 2nd

Austin, Texas – Sunday, December 3rd

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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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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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Creative Live Rebroadcast of “Creating Art Through Photography” 3/26

If you missed my CreativeLive course two weeks ago, you’re in luck. They will be rebroadcasting it beginning Sunday, March 26th at 9:00am PDT. Set your reminders!

Create Art Through Photography: Maximize Photographic Opportunities to Enhance Your Creative Vision

You can also check out my other CreativeLive classes offered in this glorious three-course bundle!

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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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Photography As Art – Podcast

 

If you’ve been contemplating attending my full-day Photography As Art seminar in a city near you in 2017 and would like to know more about it, my podcast with Rick Sammon is sure to give you the insight and motivation you need to sign up! We are now less than two weeks away from my next appearance, this time in Atlanta.

Take a listen, and then sign up to join me in one of the following cities!

March 5th – Atlanta, GA

March 11th – Seattle WA (deluxe edition with special meet and greet at my home the evening prior to the seminar!)

May 7th – Portland, OR

May 13th – Scottsdale, AZ

May 21st – Memphis, TN

June 4th – Toronto

June 11th – Chicago, IL

June 18th – San Francisco, CA

June 25th – Washington DC

And if you’re looking for more great podcasts with me, check out this recent interview with Skip Cohen.

 

 

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