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6 Days
Availability : July 28 - August 2, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico

July 28 – August 2, 2019


Beyond the Basics, Fine Art, Landscape & Nature, Travel




$75 Model and Location Fee


Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM

Have you ever wondered how to move beyond the superficial to the expressive in your photography? This is your opportunity to discover how to enhance the poetic voice in your images, with the incomparable landscape and culture of Northern New Mexico as the stage.

Join Brett Erickson to expand your capacity to see, express, and create. During this five-day workshop, you use the people, places, architecture, objects, and textures of the photogenic Southwest as your muses, connecting them to your own visual sensibilities to make contemplative and expressive black-and-white images.

Our week together begins with examining powerful visual and literary works of the masters; we learn to see anew by looking at what others have seen and written. Using myriad local and in-the-field assignments, group image reviews, and individual portfolio sessions, you gain valuable experience in navigating the complete contemplative and poetic photographic process, resulting in greater skills for converting the images you envision in your mind’s eye into breathtaking photographs.

Brett’s goal for you? To kindle a fire for infusing images with emotion and power—regardless of location—and have a blast doing it. The most rewarding result of this workshop is that no matter where life’s journeys make take you, from your own backyard to faraway lands, you know how to see fully, think metaphorically, and photograph unconventionally.

Additional Information


Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs


Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera


On-campus housing available.


Tuition includes a meal plan of a Sunday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception with light dinner, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.

About The Instructor

Brett L. Erickson specializes in making fine-art images of the Great Plains and American West, and he encourages his students to commit themselves to considered photographic artisanship of exceptional digital prints. Using practices he learned through intensive study from his own photographic mentors—as well as from his own experiences as a professional journalist and photographer—he has been imparting this philosophy to students in photography, photojournalism, online design, and mass media at Hastings College and in workshops since 2003. This is Brett’s fifth year teaching for The Workshops. His web site is www.brettlerickson.com.