This trip has been a whirlwind of images and ideas. It started at the Andrei Duman Gallery, where I have ten prints hanging for the next two months. Not only is the Duman Gallery remarkable for its fine art print selection, it has won awards for its unique design. After a day spent with friends and casual photography in Venice Beach, I presented my Photography As Art seminar to a good crowd.
I then headed off to London to the Remembering Elephants opening at the La Galleria Pall Mall, which runs through October 1. This was followed by the keynote and book launch at the Royal Geographical Society with the Born Free Foundation. I give a hearty thanks to Margot Raggett, who has worked tirelessly on the Remembering Elephants project with 65 photographers for the last two years!
I’m back in town for a few days, but for those of you in or around the Denver area, I’ll be presenting Photography As Art there this coming Sunday!
I’m excited to bring Photography as Art to Denver in just over a week! Space still remains to join me as well as other like-minded artists and photographers and explore the ways we can expand our visual imagination, and discover the amazing artistic elements all around us!
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!
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.
“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.
Introducing the Art Wolfe #PhotographyAsArt Instagram contest! This will be the first of a series contests that will highlight the many elements of design integral to crafting compelling images.
On May 23rd I will be presenting my Photography As Art seminar in Houston, Texas. Among the topics we will discuss is color. Show me your best photo that captures the stunning colors of the world around you! Think about color schemes, contrast, and composition – but most importantly have fun!
Subject to the ebbs and flows of international trade, Valparaiso on the coast of Chile is on the upswing – a mecca for artists, students, and entrepreneurs. I spent the day mostly photographing abstracts for my Photography As Art seminar.
If you are into gritty abstracts like I am, you would love the ancient layers on the walls of Havana. I’ve spent 40 years photographing professionally around the world, evolving both my style and subjects. If you know me, you know how much I dislike being pigeonholed as a fur and feathers guy. Don’t get me wrong; I love photographing wildlife, but delving deep into my art history background has challenged me intellectually and helped me maintain enthusiasm and creativity for the medium. Getting in close to humanity’s coarse and granular surfaces creates photographic art on a different level.
9. You didn’t go to art school or you need an entertaining refresher course.
8. Your creativity needs a boost.
7. You’re tired of shooting the same photos as other photographers.
6. Learn the visual relationships that make great art.
5. Create a vision that is uniquely yours.
4. Redefine your photography; go from documentary to artistry.
3. Learn to let go and break through your mental barriers.
2. Grasp the purpose behind your art.
1. Don’t rely on the moment to capture you; create intentional art no matter where you are.
“Photography as Art” is a groundbreaking new seminar Art Wolfe has 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. They will deepen their understanding of how to translate conceptual ideas into creative results, get tips on spotting the non-obvious, and learn innovative ways to free their visual imagination. A booklet with seminar highlights makes a valuable go-to resource long after the event has ended.
“Today’s seminar at Kenmore camera was amazing…I have always been drawn to photos of patterns and lines in nature and architecture and love to find the abstractions found in old, weathered wood and metals. This seminar was spot on in confirming the beauty that can be found anywhere if we keep our eyes open to the smaller details and view them from a different perspective. I was fascinated by the relationships in your work to the masters and examples you presented. I am excited to bring this to my own photographs. Thank you for offering this for those of us who have just begun to focus our own camera lens into this wonderful world!”