I wish you could see what I see out the window – the earth pink and yellow cliffs to the north – the full pale moon about to go down in an early morning lavender sky behind a very long beautiful tree covered mesa to the west – pink and purple hills in front and the scrubby fine dull green cedars – and a feeling of much space – It is a very beautiful world – I wish you could see it.
— Georgia O’Keeffe
To many people Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico are synonymous. The colors, shapes and textures of the desert world stimulated O’Keeffe’s unique artistic vision. She in turn captured the elemental force of the region in which she chose to live. The resulting works became icons of twentieth-century art — dramatic and sensuous images that immortalized both the artist and the landscape.
This five-day workshop will draw on O’Keeffe’s distinctive techniques of composition as a means of understanding the complexity of the New Mexican landscape. While visiting many of the locales where Georgia O’Keeffe painted in New Mexico and those that inspired her, you will learn new ways to organize scenes and forms within the camera’s frame. You will explore this land with award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian, who will share his own insights about approaches to developing your photographic eye and honing your skills as a photographer.