We certainly don’t feel like sleeping much because there is really no night here at all at this time of year. However, this makes it very difficult to get up in the morning! Coming soon: icebergs!
Although I have spend nearly all my time teaching the first couple days of my latest international workshop, I have managed to get a few shots of my students working in geyser steam, the beautiful waterfalls, and stubby Icelandic ponies.
The mood of a parade and festival make for an excellent opportunity to get fun portraits, great shots of children, and even some wonderful dog photos.
A slideshow from the Pride festival in San Fransisco, California in June of 2011, with Art’s thoughts on the experience.
The Solstice Parade is a great Northwestern tradition. Every year it takes place in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the self-styled “Center of the Universe.” It is a rich and colorful venue and a great place to take photos. Last year I was able to get a few shots that made it into my book coming out this fall “Dogs Make Us Human.” Now I am working on a new book which is a look at children from all over the world. It wouldn’t be complete without a photo or two from the center of the universe!
Our trip in Oregon is drawing to an all too soon end. It’s been great just going with the flow…everything from a fire department doing a controlled burn on a derelict mobile home to surfers and their dogs on the beach. Back to Seattle tomorrow.
I took off on Wednesday for a short trip through Oregon with friends. Just upriver of the Hanford Reach on the Columbia, we saw a few white pelicans on their way to breeding grounds in both Canada and the US. I just love this part of Washington and Oregon—while it is only a few hours from the population centers of Seattle and Portland, it has a wonderful feel of solitude. A colder, wetter spring has come late to the region, and there is still lots of snow on the mountains, which is a lovely backdrop to the rural landscape.
Last weekend I was in Montreal to give my presentation of “Between Heaven and Earth” for Photo Life magazine. It’s a beautiful city and I spent a few moments relaxing and photographing families and kids playing in the fountains of Place des Festivals.
We had a fabulous workshop out on the Olympic Peninsula.
My students got some really terrific results, so take a look!
Art narrates a short piece about the participants of his Olympic National Park Workshop shooting at the Sol Duc River in April of 2011. See the images some of the participants got!
Art narrates a short piece from the wild west coast about the participants of his Olympic National Park Workshop shooting at Second Beach in April of 2011. See the images some of the participants got!
The weather for last two days of our China workshop were a bit dreary, but the subdued light always makes for saturated color. We finally got the mist in Guilin that we had hoped for earlier in the trip in Huanshan. The precipitous karst mountains are at their moody best wreathed in fog and the spring greens of the bamboo are fully evident. We also revisited the marvelous fishermen who still fish with trained cormorants on the Li River.
For the last 11 days I have been conducting a travel workshop in the heart of China to some of my favorite locations. While the large landscapes have been spectacular, I have been trying to open up my participants to a new way of seeing–looking for the unexpected. The following photos show some of my best images from the past few days, among these include, mud spattered cars that recall the paintings of Jackson Pollock, various wall details that highlight the residue of previous signage, and finally, the bittersweet encounter with a group of trained macaques.