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New Mexico has been described as a place of inviolate, pristine beauty, engendering an almost spiritual feeling for the land and the overwhelming sense of peacefulness. Since the1880's, photographers and artists (Georgia O'Keefe, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter) have been irresistibly drawn to the incredible landscape, brilliant clear light, and rich Native American heritage.
Join us for a photographic adventure based at an historic hacienda in Taos, one of the first European settlements in the United States. Taos has many facets to its personality as a frontier outpost, Hispanic village, growing art center, and small Western town. Our private van will transport the group to the lofty peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the spectacular scenery of the Rio Grange Gorge, and to the wondrous hills of Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch area. We will also photograph Native American pueblos, adobe structures, historic churches, local festivals and spend a day exploring Santa Fe and Las Vegas, NM (like going back in time 40 years).
Frequent lectures combined with daily photographic activity offer a rich input of technical and esthetic concerns. Instruction will cover strategies of approaching strangers and the appropriate lens choices, as well as issues of landscape photography, portraiture, and photographing in all kinds of available light. The group will also explore the special light characteristic of New Mexico during early morning and evening excursions, and photographing with and without flash. Digital photography will provide the opportunity for quick feedback and critiques. Historical and contemporary images of New Mexico, and especially the Taos/Santa Fe area, will be shown for context and inspiration.
The workshop is open to all levels of photographers who have a good working knowledge of their cameras. Moderate hiking and walking will be required in this fast paced, information packed workshop. Limited to 14 participants.
Workshop fee: $2700. Fee includes 8 nights lodging (double occupancy, $700 extra for single supplement), all breakfasts, most lunches and one welcome dinner. A non-refundable $500 deposit must accompany your registration to reserve a space. Placement is on a first come, first serve basis so we urge early registration. Full payment due by June 17th. Upon receipt of registration, participants will receive an information packet with travel suggestions and recommended material to bring. Workshop begins on Saturday evening, August 17th in time for a welcome dinner and concludes on Sunday morning, August 25th.
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