Each year I try to find new places to hold a photography workshop – one that rivals the vast visual diversity of the Lake Powell landscape. While I can often find places that are compelling and unique to photograph, usually they are spread out over a very large area – making it challenging to get any significant teaching and work done – if you are spending too much time traveling between locations. That’s one of the things I like so much about Lake Powell: It’s unique and compelling, yet once we arrive at our central base camp on the lake for our October workshops – everything can be accessed with a short boat ride and a hike.
My search for new locations took me this December to the volcanic canary island of Lanzarote, off the coast of west africa. My favorite thing about the island – in addition to it’s underground caves, volcanos, and sweeping panoramic views of a beautiful island – was it’s uniquely black beaches, which contrast really well against the tones of the human form and of the ocean waves. Here are a few of the images of what we found.