Photographing The Art of Nature™
Mt. Loop Workshop
October 13-16, 2022
Limited to 4 attendees
Whitehorse Mt., Crown Jewel of The Mt. Loop Highway
“The real voyage of discovery does not consist of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
In 1992, I released my first coffee table book: The Art of Nature Reflections on The Grand Design. Since that time, and subsequent eight more coffee table books, this concept and approach to the landscape has been both my artistic identity and my legal trademark. I am very pleased to offer you the first in a series of location workshops entitled: Photographing The Art of Nature™ These workshops are designed to help you advance your skills as a photographer and help you discover the essence of your personal vision and its expression, and perhaps, and in doing so, a little more about yourself.
The Mountain Loop Highway
A Tapestry of Visual Delights
Traveling between the towns of Granite Falls and Darrington, in Washington State, approximately 60 miles north of Seattle, this remarkable road travels along three rivers, the South Fork Stillaquamish, the mountainous Sauk and the North Fork Stillaquamish. Its a wonderland of lush, fragrant, old growth forests, cascading rivers of pristine glacier melt, countless waterfalls, intimate swirling eddies, reflecting autumn colors, and soaring mountains, towering over quiet ponds and wetlands.
This magical place has been a favorite location and photographic experience of mine for over 40 years. It is like a dear old friend, whose moods and expressions I know oh so well. The highway and adjacent roads provide close access to all of the most stunning locations that it offers. As such, it represents a remarkable opportunity for a photographer, in a relatively small geographic area, to access, explore and capture a wide variety of subject matter.
This workshop is all about: “The Art of Seeing” … the ability to perceive and compose visual elements in the landscape to create a compelling photographic image. It is through this creative process that the photographer is able to explore the experiential and personal meaning of their subject, rendered in a visually and emotionally expressive photographic image. Improving one’s ability to see requires the willingness and awareness to slow down, empty our minds of clutter, and allow our attention to be focused on and consumed by that which lay before us. For it is the eye that is the lens of the heart. I have limited this workshop to only 4 attendees so that I am able to give maximum attention and assistance to each one.
Gentle Light on The Water
This workshop is designed to help you to consider and explore new ways of seeing the landscape, letting go of existing, limiting ideas, rules and formulas, you may consciously or unconsciously adopted over the years. This is the essential process through which we can develop: “New Eyes”. And in doing so, it is my hope that you develop your own ideas and concepts about “The Art of Seeing”, ideas, worthy of sharing and passing on to others. “The Art of Seeing” applies to far more than just photography. Developing a greater ability to be more consciously aware of everything before us in our daily lives, allows us to be more fully present, connected, fully alive, and a with a heightened engagement with the world. As such, a finely tuned ability to see allows us to move seamlessly between our our daily lives and our artistic endeavors, for in a very real and significant way, they are the same thing.
My teaching philosophy is simple:
“Help a photographer take a good picture and they will go home with a good picture. Help the photographer improve their ability to “see”, and they will go home with a creatively substantive picture, and the ever evolving ability to create artistically meaningful pictures for a lifetime.” For its not where you go, but what you are able to “see”.
And, it is my highest intent, that, at the end of our time together, when you return home, energized by your new creative abilities and a new body of work from this magical place, that your efforts will result in beautiful wall art, fine art you will be proud to have printed, framed, and hung on your walls… or somebody else’s!
Putting our images to music is also another satisfying way to present our photographic art. Please visit my site to view any of my 15 music videos to see another venue for the display of your art. I have found that in many ways, being a fine art landscape photographer is much like being a screenwriter and director, i.e., how one conceives and executes one’s story. As such, in this workshop I encourage the photographer to think about their photography in terms of a larger body of work that they develop over time. And, in doing so, simultaneously builds that body of work for many uses, but also, serves as both a portrait of their growth as an artist and person, for our art is always a reflection of who we are at that point in our life. This has been my joy in all my years of photography, as it represents the story of my life, and I hope, in this workshop, to help you create your own story.
- 3 Nights Single Occupancy
- Photographic instruction and feedback
- Digital Darkroom work as time allows
- An inspirational adventure and its learnings intended to last a lifetime
What’s not included:
- Transportation from airport to starting location
This workshop is intended for photographers who have a working familiarity with camera operation, f/stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, etc. I will not be instructing on technique as a subject in and of itself. As such, I will only discuss these issues as they arise in specific cases as you are contemplating photographing a particular subject. This workshop is best suited for engaged, practicing amateurs, and aspiring, and/or or professional photographers looking to improve their ability to see and render subject matter. The physical demand are relatively easy, as shooting locations are mostly a short walk from our cars, that will include some climbing over logs or walking on uneven river rocks.