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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
Help me spread the word and share this with anyone you think may be interested in attending!
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.
This upcoming Sunday, I will be heading to the “Crossroads of America”, Indianapolis, to present Photography As Art in the DeBoest Lecture Hall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There is still time to join the seminar and spend the day with me as I discuss the many ways to use photography as an artistic medium to identify and capture the design elements in the world around us, creating visually interesting images in virtually any location.
Highly recommended! I couldn’t wait to grab my camera and try some of the techniques that Art shared today. The images we saw were stunning. Art explained a very difficult concept seemingly with ease and inspired the attendees to see photography in a different way.
Two exciting bits of news today for those of you in New York and across the pond in the U.K.!
Limited spots still remain available for my Photography As Art Seminar in New York City this Sunday. During this day-long seminar you’ll learn from my lifetime of experience and interest in treating photography as an artistic medium how to create compelling and creative shots wherever you happen to be in the world, including your own back yard. Maximizing the artistic and creative opportunities of capturing images has always been a priority in my work, and I look forward to sharing my insights and experiences with you!
I have attended several other Art Wolfe workshops in the past and have always learned something new. The Photography as Art Workshop in Denver was no different! I am by inclination a nature photographer, but Art’s presentation was much more than just nature photography. It was truly inspiring, and will have a significant impact on my photography in the future. Art’s message truly hit home for me. I would recommend the Photograph as Art Workshop to anyone with a serious interest in photography.
This upcoming Sunday, I will be in New York City to present Photography As Art at the Museum of Arts and Design. There is still time to join the seminar and spend the day with me as I discuss the many ways to use photography as an artistic medium to identify and capture the design elements in the world around us, creating visually interesting images in virtually any location.
I will also be attending a signing for my new book, Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing An Extraordinary World, at the Rotella Gallery New York from 2-4 PM the preceding Saturday afternoon, and I look forward to meeting everyone who is able to attend!
Spots are still available to join me in Denver this Sunday for Photography As Art! I can’t stress enough how personal and meaningful this seminar is for me to present; it’s a culmination of my experiences and discoveries as both Photographer and Artist, and it’s a pleasure for me to share it with you.
Sign up now on my events page to lock in your spot and spend the day with me as we discuss using our creativity and imagination to visualize the artistic elements all around us.
If you live elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, check out the main Photography As Art page to see if I’ll be coming to a city near you in early 2017, and stay tuned for additional cities to be added to the list!
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!