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The Contemplative Landscapes of Zhangjiajie
with George DeWolfe
April 2 - April 14, 2012

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The movie Avatar may have put Zhangjiajie on the map for the rest of the world, but the Chinese have known about this mystical landscape for centuries. Sandstone and limestone towers, jagged, fragmented, and often shrouded in low-hanging clouds and mist, are magical indeed. Still, until recent times this area received few visitors because of its remoteness in northwestern Hunan province. Today it is very popular with domestic Chinese tour groups, though still relatively unknown outside of China.

The Wulingyuan Scenic Reserve and National Forest is quite large—370 square kilometers—and while most visitors restrict themselves to a relatively small part of the reserve one of our goals will be to see more of the reserve. Endemic to the reserve are some 550 tree species (twice Europe’s total), birds and wildlife (civets, giant salamanders, monkeys, clouded leopards, pangolins, and gamebirds), and the Tujia ethnic minority.

“Contemplative Photography” combines the essential skills of awareness with the basic elements of human vision. We teach the skills for the basic elements of vision (Space, Change and Light) in harmony with skills for awareness (Mindfulness and Visual Koans). We try to spend a day on each one of these, but more if necessary. Each person is encouraged to try each during the normal days of photographing. The overall structure of the workshop attempts to show the connection between landscape, culture and spirituality.

We have not chosen Zangjiajie at random and this workshop is like no other landscape photography you will attend. You will leave with specific knowledge, skills, and images that reflect something totally different than the typical western hemisphere landscape image.

Price is for the Photographer Package; $4975 for the Companion Package. For complete information visit www.toursabroadchina.com/tours/zhangjiajie/. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity through Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

George DeWolfe: George DeWolfe is an award-winning photographer whose career spans more than 40 years. A student of Ansel Adams and Minor Whi...

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