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Landscape photography is formed by the point of view of the photographer; it is a spiritual experience, the reflection of a culture. Historically, the great masters of black-and-white landscapes used large-format cameras and traditional film processes. Advances in digital technology have opened new opportunities for photographers who wish to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital black-and-white landscapes.
On location, we take the time to see and fully express the spirit of the black-and-white landscape as we discover a place and the secrets of its beauty. We consider the concept of landscape and how it is connected to the cultural, social, and geographical aspects of our environment.
In the digital lab, we combine traditional Zone System methodology with new digital processes in Adobe Lightroom to forge a complete digital grayscale workflow. We learn to convey our personal interpretations of landscapes in the black-and-white fine print. Blending traditional, new, and emerging techniques and technologies, we discover the extraordinary possibilities of expressive digital black-and-white landscape work.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day. Basic printmaking skills are helpful.
Computer workstations are provided in the digital lab.
Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Carlan Tapp’s dad gave him his first camera at six and he has been making photographs ever since. Carlan never considered photography/cinematography a job; “it’s my life’s work and passion, and it’s an incredible journey. I am a storyteller.”
Carlan worked his way through college shooting weddings and after graduation took a job as a backcountry ranger for Mt. Rainier National Park, documenting changes in the natural environment. In the late seventies, he had the privilege of assisting Ansel Adams for three years at his Yosemite workshops. That is where Carlan learned the power of the photograph. Shortly thereafter he enrolled in Art Center College of Design in Pasadena to nudge his career towards documentary/editorial photography and cinematography.
Carlan is a descendant of the Wicocomico Tribe, Taptico family. A strong belief and respect for Mother Earth and all creatures is the continual theme in how he sees the world. In 2003, Carlan and his wife Nancy founded Naamehnay Project-Question of Power, a Federal 501c3 non-profit. Their non-profit work focuses on creating a visual voice for Native American Homelands and Sacred Sites impacted by energy industrialization in America.
Carlan’s photographs have been used in numerous publications including Harley-Davidson®HOG, New Mexico Magazine, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Associated Press, and NPR’s “Living on Earth.” He has taught workshops nationally and internationally. Carlan’s photo essays are syndicated nationally and internationally by Redux Pictures in New York. When not on assignment, Carlan can be found riding his iron pony on two lane highways across the American West telling the stories of people, places, and the landscape.