I’m excited to announce the 2012 Ralph Nordstrom Photography Workshop schedule. More beautiful locations; more wonderful photography. But before discussing each of the workshops I’d like to say a few words about my philosophy on photography because it carries over into the workshops.
I believe that photography is art. And I believe art is interpretation and communication. That is to say, we are each artists to one degree or another. And our photography is a unique expression of our view of the world and our interpretation of reality. One way to grow as an artist is to expand the way we see the world, to see the world in new and fresh ways. And we also continue to grow when we become more fluent in communicating our world view through our photographs, when we expand our Creative Vocabulary.
Granted, a large component of a successful photography workshop is being in the right place in the best of light. And work on technical skills is also important. But I also like to challenge the participants to stretch themselves creatively, to get in touch with how they relate to a location and explore how they can express their feelings and impressions in their photographs. It’s a meaningful experience and I’ve received feedback from some telling me that it has helped them slow down and see photography in an entirely new way. I’m always humbled when I get that kind of response. So you can expect to be challenged to shoot things you normally wouldn’t see, to perhaps get outside your comfort zone and hopefully to return home with new insights into your art.
But where does all this magic take place? Well, in magical places of course.
The Death Valley Workshop is always very popular so if you’re interested you better sign up right away. I like to go in February because it’s still the ‘rainy’ season. And for three years running we’ve been delighted with a lake in Badwater. This is really an incredible time of year with clear air, wonderful temperatures and great light.
2012 Death Valley Photography Workshop – click here.
I love the Sierra Nevada Mountains and this workshop takes us to some of the most amazing wonders this area has to offer. You may ask yourself, “Why June?” The answer is simple. This is springtime in the mountains. The aspen are sending out their first shoots of foliage. The streams are splashing and dancing. The bristlecone pines are always an inspiration. Everything is fresh and clean and full of life. There is so much to experience that we it takes a full five nights and six days to cover it all.
2012 Eastern Sierra Photography Workshop – click here.
If you haven’t been to Big Sur you’re in for an incredible treat. Quite simply, it’s the most spectacular meeting of mountain and sea on the entire West Coast. Nowhere else will you find mile-high mountains that plunge into the sea in as little as two miles. But Big Sur is more than majestic headlands. Coves and beaches with crashing surf dot the coast. Streams splash down narrow canyons and leap over waterfalls. Hidden groves of coastal redwoods abound. And the name of the famous restaurant in the village of Big Sur sums it all up – Nepenthe, the cure for sorrow (by the way, once the home of Orson Wells and Rita Hayworth).
2012 Big Sure Summer Photography Workshop – click here.
Zion is one of the most inspiring places I know of. There’s something almost spiritual about this beautiful canyon and its surroundings. And I’m not the only one that feels that way. Zion means “Place of refuge.” There is a tremendous feeling of contrasts here with the gentle Virgin River set against the power and majesty of the towering red cliffs. Many call this the red Yosemite. And we are here at a magical time when the first touch of autumn begins to paint the trees.
2012 Zion NP Photography Workshop – click here.
If you’re already in Zion you may just as well drive the short two hours to take in the other wonder in this corner of Utah – Bryce Canyon. I don’t know where on earth you will ever find more stirring sunrise than at Bryce Canyon. But that’s not all. Surrounding Bryce are many other exciting wonders that we will explore. It’s a perfect extension of the Zion workshop. And when you’re in country this beautiful who in their right mind would want to rush back home?
2012 Bryce Canyon NP Photography Workshop – click here.
So we offer a special Utah Southwest Super Workshop that combines these two workshops and is offered at a very special price. It’s a full week of exciting, challenging and immensely rewarding photography.
2012 Utah Southwest Super Workshop – click here.
Big Sur is such a magnificent place that it deserves a second visit. In winter this wild coastline offers a completely different experience. Early winter storms can churn the surf and turn gentle streams into rushing torrents. It’s even been known to snow higher up in the mountains. And I’m the lucky one; I get to be there for both summer and winter.
2012 Big Sur Winter Photography Workshop – click here.
I’m working on some other workshop ideas. I have some really special places in mind but it’s too early to announce them. Stay tuned.
We offer a number of discounts that are spelled out on the website. But I want to point out a couple you might be especially interested in.
The Early Bird discount of 10% is available to those who sign up for a 2012 workshop by December 31st, 2011. This is 10% off the 2012 workshop prices.
Returning participants can take advantage of the Alumni discount of 15%.
I also want to let you know about the ‘Bring a Friend’ discount. If you go to the trouble of recruiting another participant I am happy to give you a whopping 33% discount. After all, there ought to be something in it for you.
Only one of these discounts can be applied to any given workshop.
To help you get started, here are links to the signup forms.
2012 Registration Form – click here to download
Assumption of Risk Form – click here to download
Pick the workshop that inspires you and reserve your space now. Download these forms and return them to me with your deposit either by fax or mail and you’re in. We accept check, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
I’m looking forward to shooting with you in these incomparable locations.
To see more of my photographs click here.