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How does one transcend the “I was here” imagery that is often associated with travel photography and create fine art images of places near and far?
From hundreds of assignments, the dozens of workshops Mark’s taught on the subject, and carefully studying the work of and talking with many of the great globetrotting lensmen and women in the field including special guest Nick Ut, he has developed a methodology, that when applied, should yield impressive and at times spectacular results.
This Destination Alaska workshop explores how to create fine art travel photography – images that go far beyond the “I was here” photograph. Photographers will learn how to create beautiful landscape and wildlife images, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays – pictures that tell a story – in America’s 49th state.
Join Mark Edward Harris and special guest Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Nick Ut for the ultimate Alaska photography workshop hosted by Midnight Son Tours and Stillpoint Lodge.
August 10th - 14th, 2017
Experience the intense beauty and breathtaking landscapes of Alaska as we explore the wilds and photographic gems of the last frontier. This five-day four-night photo workshop will get you into remote locations of Southcentral Alaska to photograph brown bears, eagles and diverse marine life in their natural environment. Snowcapped mountains, glaciers and tidal seascapes are waiting for you to photograph under expert tutelage.
Mark Edward Harris’ assignments have taken him to 96 countries on six continents. His editorial work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, LIFE, Time, GEO, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Wallpaper, Casa Vogue, GQ Thailand, Money Magazine, Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as all the major photography and in-flight magazines. His commercial clients range from The Gap to Coca-Cola. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a CLIO, ACE, Aurora Gold, and Photographer of the Year at the Black & White Spider Awards. His books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, and Inside Iran. North Korea was named Photography Book of the Year at the International Photography Awards. Mark’s latest book, The Travel Photo Essay will be released by Focal Press in the fall of 2017.
Nick Ut was born Huynh Cong Ut in Long An, Vietnam in 1951. In 1966 Ut joined the Associated Press (AP) in his home country soon after his older brother Huynh Thanh My, also an AP photographer, was killed in combat. Ut covered the rest of the Vietnam War for AP despite being wounded three times during the conflict.
On June 8, 1972, Ut photographed a severely injured Kim Phuc fleeing down Route 1 after her village of Trang Bang was hit by napalm by South Vietnamese planes. Immediately after making the photo, he rushed her and other children to a hospital, saving Kim’s life. The image won every major photographic award in 1973, including the World Press Photo award, the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Memorial Award and the Overseas Press Club award. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975 Ut worked in Tokyo for two years with AP then was transferred to Los Angeles where he retired from the company in March 2017.
Stillpoint Lodge is Alaska Luxury Lodging at its finest. Situated in the idyllic small port of Halibut Cove, Alaska, Stillpoint Lodge is nestled between snowcapped mountains and the lovely treasure of Kachemak Bay. Pristine wildnerness meets upscale luxury Stillpoint Lodge is the perfect balance of grand architecture, Alaskan artistry, Scandinavian styling, and a hint of Zen.
Midnight Son Tours, owned and operated by Alaskan-born Jake Finifrock, provides the ultimate in Alaskan Luxury Adventure. Thrilling custom itineraries, Exacting Standards, Superior Service, The Best of Alaska on a Silver Platter.
Suggested morning or early afternoon arrival in Anchorage. Join the group at 7 pm for a no host welcome dinner at one of Anchorage’s best restaurants. Equipment review and preparation with Mark Edward Harris and Nick Ut, then on to enjoy Anchorage’s night life at your leisure. Tonight we will stay at the Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage’s nicest downtown hotel.
Depart Anchorage via seaplane and fly across the Cook inlet to Crescent Lake, situated on the Alaska Peninsula. Photograph Brown Bears coming to feed on spawning salmon near the turquoise waters of Crescent Lake, under the gaze of the active snowcapped Mt. Redoubt Volcano. After a full day of photography, fly to Stillpoint Lodge in sleepy Halibut Cove Alaska for hors’doeuvres, evening meal, and relaxed photo workshop session. Soak in Stillpoint’s luxurious hot-tub or relax around the fire before turning in for a majestic seaside slumber.
Today after breakfast we board a well-outfitted and stable seacraft in search of marine wildlife in Kachemack Bay and the Cook Inlet. Photograph the sea otter, harbor seals, abundant birdlife, and hunt down the Humpback, and Beluga whales that are often found in these Alaskan coastal waters. Evening hors’doeurves, dinner, and photo edit session provide opportunities to connect with and learn from our expert photographers.
Today’s photographic adventure begins with a helicopter ride from Stillpoint Lodge to the nearby Grewingk Glacier in Kachemack Bay State Park. Land on the mesmerizing blue ice on the toe of the glacier and feel the katabatic winds as you shoot this surreal icescape. Return to Stillpoint Lodge for an afternoon of kayaking, trekking, or relaxing 90-minute massage Before a sunset photo op. Evening provides another chance to share photos and photo tips with other guests and our expert photo-guides.
Return to Anchorage via Ravn Air to connect to your afternoon flight home.