Photography As Art – Art Wolfe Seminar Series

May 14, 2016 ·

Kevin Raber

Art Wolfe PAA Image 1

For many years I have been blessed to have made many great friends in the photography field.  Photography is my passion and life.  I am totally immersed in photography and cherish the work I do with Luminous-Landscape.  Every day I am working on this site, testing and reviewing new photography products and best of all I’m out shooting photographs.   Years ago I had the privilege of photographing with Art Wolfe and subsequently helping him with his Human Canvas project.   Over the years we have become close friends and have partnered teaching on numerous workshops in some great locations around the world.

Art and I doing some editing while in Patagonia, Chile
Art and I doing some editing while in Patagonia, Chile

Art is one of the true living legends of photography today.  He has the energy of a teenager and a heart of gold. All of this is totally focused on taking and making great images.  Every time we shoot together I learn something new and see something differently.

Next to making great images, Art’s other love is sharing the joy and fun of photography with others.  He is an exceptionally articulate speaker and his presentations will leave you energized and committed to making better images.  If you get a chance to take a workshop with Art, you’re in for a real treat.  However, the next best thing is to be a part of one his day-long seminars.  These seminars are coming to a U.S. city near you.

I have seen this new program and would gladly sit through Art’s presentation many times.  I pick up something new and valuable each time.  The cities for the Art Wolfe Seminar Series for 2016 are listed below. You can visit Art’s website to see the listings for 2017.   I’ll be at the Indianapolis workshop in October and if possible will also stop by a few other cities.

Art and I are doing a number of workshops together over the next few years.  Our Lofoten, Norway workshop next winter is sold out.  However we will soon announce a Greenland trip for next year.  Look for this soon on this site, the Rockhopper Workshops site and of course Art’s Workshop page.



Expanding Your Visual Imagination

Gas spilled in a creek, Borneo, Malaysia
Gas spilled in a creek, Borneo, Malaysia

Why do some photographs speak to your soul and remain in your memory long after you’ve turned away, while others fade more quickly? How do great artists and photographers engage with the viewer, spark their imagination and discover a new way of seeing?

Be one of the first to attend this groundbreaking, all-new seminar created for individuals who want to go beyond simply taking photos of a moment in time and instead make powerful artistic statements.

Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania , Lake Tanganyika
Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania , Lake Tanganyika

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 own 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, you will learn how to spot the non-obvious and to uncover new ways to expand your visual imagination.

About Art Wolfe

male Indian peafowl feathers Ranthambore National Park, India
Male Indian Peafowl feathers – Ranthambore National Park, India

Art Wolfe is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose four decades of award-winning work have taken him to the farthest reaches of every continent on the globe. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of magazines and books and have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. He has published nearly 100 books, many of which are award-winners.  With this extensive experience and his training as both a painter and educator, Art’s diverse background makes him ideally suited to illuminate subjects difficult to articulate yet central to the creative process: inspiration, passion, vision and imagination.

Seminar format

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. History and Context

Learn about the design elements that Art uses in every photo he takes. Trace the history of photography from documentary to art, and examine its richness and breadth.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Concepts

Open your mind to a new way of seeing. We’ll view images both provocative and traditional, as we learn how photography has evolved.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vision and Imagination

Probe the parallels between abstract expressionism and the emergence of photography as fine art. Delve into metaphor and imagination as you explore the critical elements of your artistic expression.

Question-and-answer session: We’ll provide ample time for you to follow up on the aspects of the presentation that interested you most.

What you’ll take away

• A booklet that outlines key points from the seminar, a valuable go-to resource long after the program ends

• A new awareness of the working methods and accomplishments of artists and designers that will help you translate your conceptual ideas into creative results

• Numerous tips on how to spark your imagination and tools to open up your creative thinking

• The impetus to expand and challenge yourself on your journey to become a Master of the craft

Who should attend

• Amateur photographers seeking to move to the next level

• Seasoned professionals wanting to maintain creative momentum

• Novices looking to use photography to further creative expression

• Art history, architecture, design and other professional creatives

• Creative individuals wanting to spark their imagination

2016 Seminar dates and cities

Upcoming Seminars

•  Photography as Art: Houston    May 23

•  Photography as Art: Boston    July 17

• Photography as Art: Los Angeles    September 18

• Photography as Art: Denver    October 2

• Photography as Art: Indianapolis    October 16    (This will be the workshop Kevin Raber will be at – Luminous-Landscape is in Indy)

Cost $225.00

As a bonus from Luminous-Landscape, all attendees will receive a one year membership to the Luminous-Landscape website*

Here are tentative dates and cities for 2017

• Jan 15 San Diego

• Jan 22 New Orleans

• April 30 City TBD

• May 7 City TBD

• May 14 City TBD

• May 21 Charlotte

A message from Art:
Join me for Photography as Art in cities around the USA

ArtWolfeIf you feel as though your photography should be less about capturing the moment and more about intentionally creating an artistic composition, then Photography as Art is for you!

When I first began my professional career in the late 1970s, the challenges of photography were very different.  Yes, cameras and films were primitive by today’s standards, but the true test was figuring out a subject and how to get it on film. There was no internet, travel to remote destinations was sketchy, and finding reliable local guides was largely through word of mouth.

Today, as even the most remote locations are widely accessible and photo-centric tours are proliferating, new challenges have arisen. For some, the challenge is to distinguish our photographs from those taken by fellow photographers traveling to the same destination or even on the same photo tour. For others, the challenge lies with maintaining enthusiasm and creativity when the more obvious subjects have been exhausted.

I’ve spent 40 years photographing professionally around the world, evolving both my style and subjects. Using the foundation provided by degrees in art history and art education, I’ll share concepts, tools and insights with you, helping you take your craft to the next level.

In Photography as Art, you’ll get a blueprint for maintaining your enthusiastic curiosity while evolving your artistic expression. Join me on this incredible journey to discover your own aha! moments.

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  • Sign On credentials will be emailed to you after the workshop.  If you are already a Luminous-Landscape member your membership will be extended by one year from your renewal date

Kevin Raber
May 2016

Kevin Raber

Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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