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The Writer’s Vision with Abiquiu Workshops / September 17, 2012

The Writer’s Vision with Abiquiu Workshops / September 17, 2012

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Writer Douglas Preston and photographers Christine Preston & Walter Nelson will help participants of this workshop develop their artistic vision as they explore sacred places and remote desert landscapes of Abiquiu, New Mexico.

The Vision is a workshop for writers and photographers who want to develop their artistic vision by experiencing the wonder of sacred places and the luminous light of October in the remote desert landscapes of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Participants will explore mountains and canyons where silence, serenity, and the power of the land will open up your mind and expand your inner vision as an artist—yielding a new vocabulary in expression, words and images.

This workshop combines writing and photography to achieve a unified creative end, and it is open to either writers or photographers seeking a breakthrough. Using the magnificent natural landscapes of Ghost Ranch and the Piedra Lumbre valley, so beloved of Georgia O’Keeffe, individuals will participate in a series of mind-bending writing and photography exercises designed to help them break down their assumptions, overcome their limitations and bring their artistic vision to a new level.

After the first few days of exercises, participants will use what they have learned to focus on a single writing and photography project, combining words and images into a unified whole. The writing part could be a poem, a short story, a series of haiku images, an essay or even the chapter of a novel, enriched and informed by photographic imagery.

Douglas J. Preston, Christine Preston and Walter W. Nelson will be the instructing artists. Preston is the author of a dozen best-selling novels and nonfiction books, and he writes occasionally for the New Yorker, Atlantic, and Smithsonian; he also taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Monster of Florence.

Christine Preston has been a professional photographer for twenty years, concentrating in large-format landscape photography and digital editorial photography. She has photographed for the New Yorker, Smithsonian, New Mexico Magazine, El Palacio, and the Museum of New Mexico. Her work is in the collections of several museums including the Palace of the Governors, the Museum of New Mexico, and the El Camino Real International Heritage Center. Her photography book, The Royal Road, was the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Villagrá Award for best historical book of the year.,154

Walter Nelson, founder of the Abiquiu Workshops, is a renowned photographer and artist whose work has been collected by leading museums in the Southwest, including the Museum of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Museum Of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Who Should Attend

The Writer’s Vision workshop involves some hiking on rough trails at high altitude. All participants should be fit enough to hike at least four miles over rough mountainous terrain. You will be challenged physically and mentally and you should be ready for unusual and surprising occurrences. If you have any questions about the physical fitness requirement, please contact us.

What You Should Know

You should know how to operate your digital camera and have working knowledge of your laptop computer. You should also have a photography management program installed on your computer such as iPhoto or Adobe Photoshop and known how to download your photographs to it.

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