Now as most of you know, Art Wolfe is an award-winning, world-renowned nature and cultural photographer. He's also an educator and his work spans five decades in every single continent in the world. With over 100 published works, his awe-inspiring images have been published in books, magazines, and exhibitions all around the world. He of course is known for his public television series, Art Wolfe's Travels To The Edge, and he was recently featured in a new Netflix series called Tales by Light. Art is also an advocate, passionate advocate for the environment as well as indigenous cultures. He is a legend and we are so thrilled to have him back here on CreativeLive. So please help me welcome back Art Wolfe. (audience applauding)
Thank you. Thank you. So I'm a little nervous. I've never given this series of lectures before. I created it exclusively for CreativeLive. So cut me a little slack. You know, if I stumble or stammer on photos, just go with the flow, alright? What is gonna be is...
I'm gonna give the first lecture and it's really about how I work in all these different locations around the world. And with that, I'm gonna bring up my first image. This is my playground. I was born and raised in Seattle. But when I first got my camera, and I'll talk a little bit about that in a moment, that camera became a passport to the world and I've never stopped traveling ever since. So I look at the map of the world, I was one of those kids in grade school and junior high and high school, I'd love staring at maps and memorizing the countries. And it was an allure to travel beyond Washington state. We live in the West Coast of North America and if you head west from here, largely you're traveling out of country. And that was always the allure to me and fortunately, I've been able to execute that and live a life like that. But on any given year, I will travel all around the globe. I will circle the Earth, on average for the last 15 years, three or four times I'll circle the globe. And so it's not a lifestyle that most people really would want to do but I'm well suited for that. I have this insatiable desire to learn, I'm innately curious and over time, I've able to produce over 101 books. And so that really is the record of success is the fact that I've got this temperament. I hate sitting around, I'm always moving, so they've given me a little bit of a roaming room here. I don't presume that everybody in this room really knows where I came from or my history. So I'm just gonna briefly tell you a little bit about myself. You know, I was born in 1951 in the outskirts of Seattle, within the city limits. There were a lot of wooded ravines that I can remember as the earliest memories playing out in those woodlots. You know, collecting frogs and bird eggs and studying nature. And as I grew older, I started, I got an old car and I started traveling to the nearby cascades and olympics. And this was shot when I first got a car with my dog, Wolfie, and at that time, I was loving to go fishing along the creaks but my other love was drawing and painting. I was the school artist in grade school, junior high and high school. So I really had two loves. Nature and drawing and painting and in fact, you know, I'm 66 years old now and I've been able to pursue those two loves. There's a linear line that runs through my life and that is showed here. So when I'm now in my late teens and early 20s, I'm painting. I'm stretching water color paper and going out to in this case, port in towns and photographing the old German consulate. I would go to the beaches in West Seattle and then I eventually enrolled at the University of Washington and after taking several years of all the broad range of classes, I declared an Art major and I got a five year degree in Painting and a two year degree in Art Education which is why I can stand in front of you guys and give a talk because like most people, the biggest most common fear is speaking in front of a group of peers. And so I was able to kinda break through that. Not entirely, I'm still a little nervous as I start the day. But I loved really getting out to the natural beauty of Washington and doing two or three hour studies with water color paint and that's in fact the meeting medium of choice. And this was painted very close to where I live today. I live one mile from where I was born. So I, you know, it's circling the globe but always coming back to the neighborhood I know. I've got friends that I go out to dinner with that I've known since five years old. So I've got those really strong roots. I can never live out of a trailer and just roam the world. I always have to come back to the home base. As I've gotten older, my paintings became more and more abstract and certainly going through college, that really opened up the world to me and I really attribute a lot of my success is having that background in painting and art. Which goes to the third lecture which is called, Photography As Art, which is an abridged version of a class that I give around the country. That's all day class. The second lecture is really, was a challenge for me to put together. It's called Technology And How Technology Has Helped Me Advance My Work. I have a computer on my little table here and I'll look at about 27 images and quickly work on them in Lightroom and try to transform them into a slightly better photo. If I can do that, we'll see.