Mesquite Dunes and Eureka Dunes, Death ValleyContemplative landscapes to explore light and form, mystery and the wonder of sand that can be as fluid as the sea. Mesquite Dunes and Eureka Dunes, Death ValleyContemplative landscapes to explore light and form, mystery and the wonder of sand that can be as fluid as the sea.

Contemplative Landscape Workshop in Death Valley  with George DeWolfe

 

Throughout history, people have gone to wild places hoping to see life, themselves, and their surroundings anew. As photographers, we strive to create images that capture the underlying mystery of a seemingly ordinary place. The goal of this workshop is to learn to observe more deeply, and to find and capture such images in the landscape through a combination of intuition and perception.

 

The Contemplative Landscape begins with awareness exercises in photography that we have developed over the past 40 years. The awareness skills include sitting, standing and walking mindfulness that put you in the moment. Perceptual skills offer primary access to the actual visual working of the human eye-brain system, the tool with which we create our images. The perceptual exercises pull you away from the process of copying landscape images made by others and help you concentrate on what you see.

 

For the first part of the week we are based at Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley, and the second part of the workshop is based in Lone Pine, letting us explore a variety of locations in and around Death Valley. We visit the Eureka Dunes, Alabama Hills, Mesquite Flat Dunes,  and elsewhere as we photograph each day, subject to weather and road conditions.

 

On a typical day in the early morning we’ll be shooting in dawn light. After breakfast comes a lecture on various aspects of landscape photography technique, history, and ideas.  Later in the afternoon we pick another location for evening light photography. We combine the contemplative exercises with landscape photography practice from both Western and Eastern ideas of landscape composition.

 

The workshop includes opportunities to view one another’s work and to talk individually about your own images with the instructors. Throughout, our emphasis is on the contemplative process of making images rather than on technical details or typical photographic locations.

 

For more information email lbgoetze@roadrunner.com or call 207-244-1099.