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Contemplative Landscapes and Portraits: Guangxi Rice Terraces and Rural Villages
September 11 - September 21, 2013

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Lydia Goetze and George DeWolfe have brought the vision of the ancient Chinese painters to life in modern digital photography. The teaching of their structure and practice is taught in this new and unique workshop.

The ancient Chinese painters created an art that has lasted over two millennia, the oldest art genre in the world. It possesses amazing resilience to overcome the arbitrary movements that plague Western art, including photography. Chinese landscape painting represents and unifies the human spirit, nature, and the universe. Created with awareness and reflection, these landscapes and people are where art and spirit fuse.

The synthesis of awareness and vision brought about by studying the structures of Chinese painting, a grounding in the basic principles of human vision, learning the basic principles of Contemplative Portraiture and learning the skill of awareness are the cornerstones of contemplative photographic practice.

The agrarian countryside of south China is the cradle of China’s ancient civilization where artists have painted for 1500 years. The Longji rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have been farmed for centuries, and the traditions of caring for the land, the soil, and its long-term health continue today. Our itinerary is planned to allow plenty of time and opportunity to photograph people in their familiar environs engaged in their daily pursuits.

Join George and Lydia for this intellectually and artistically renewing experience.

$7,145 per person for a shared room; $7,495 for a private room. For full details visit www.toursabroadchina.com. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity through Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

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