Southeast Utah: From Bear's Ears to Four Corners


Southeast Utah: From Bear's Ears to Four Corners

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Instructors: Mark Gardner, Stu Levy and Bruce Barnbaum
October 27 — November 2, 2019
Workshop Fee: $1625
Deposit amount: $250 (non-refundable)
Image: Cathedral Buttes, Utah 

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Photograph Above: Barnbaum…Storm Between San Juan River Canyons and Monument Valley (seen from Muley Point)

Southeast Utah: Plateaus, Canyons and Overlooks

There is no landscape on earth as unique, spectacular or varied as that of Southeastern Utah, nor are there any pre-historic ruins anywhere in the United States that compare with those of this remarkable area. The landscape, created by millions of years of geological sleight-of-hand which piled layer upon layer of wondrous landforms atop one another. Each layer, from the gloriously colorful to the stupendously powerful, offers a jaw-dropping visual surprise that is not replicated anywhere else on earth. While there are seashores and mountains as great or greater than those within the US, there is nothing elsewhere on this planet to compare with the stunning landscape of Southeast Utah. Within this stunning landscape, dramatic Anasazi, and other, prehistoric ruins are scattered…sometimes concentrated…everywhere. Both the landscape itself, and the ruins within it, are now under siege by the reduction in size of the Bears Ears National Monument (reduced by the Trump Administration, previously created by the Obama Administration), a legal issue that currently stands before the courts.

Photograph Above: Barnbaum…Alcove and 16 Window Ruin

Photograph Above: Barnbaum…Alcove and 16 Window Ruin


From the quiet town of Bluff, we will have access to the astounding overviews from Muley Point (overlooking the Goosenecks of the San Juan River and Monument Valley), Needles Overlook, the Anticline Overlook, and the dramatic cliffs of Comb Ridge rising above hidden ancient petroglyphs and dinosaur footprints. We will have the opportunity to visit the Valley of the Gods, dramatic unnamed natural regions, and Anasazi ruins that tell us the long history of human beings making these remarkable regions their home.

Photograph Above: Barnbaum…Cottonwood Trees in Valley of the Gods

Photograph Above: Barnbaum…Cottonwood Trees in Valley of the Gods


We will be visiting, gasping at, and photographing these striking landscapes and hidden ruins during our week together in late October and early November. Indoors we will be reviewing the work of all participants, analyzing it thoroughly, honestly and supportively. We will be viewing the work of the instructors, also analyzing and discussing it thoroughly, asking questions about all aspects of the work, including the methods employed, the materials and equipment used, and the thought process and intent behind the imagery. Instructors have no secrets, are open to discussion of all aspects of their work, and always offer loads of stimulation and encouragement. The in-depth discussions will serve to advance everyone’s photographic goals and greater understanding and appreciation of the land and its human pre-history.

Outdoors and indoors, this will be a remarkable and educational week. It will also be a lot of fun. The instructors recognize that little can be accomplished without enthusiasm and enjoyment, and the workshop will offer huge amounts of both.

Participants and instructors will meet at Jim and Luanne Hook’s Recapture Lodge in Bluff on October 26, at 7 p.m. the night before the workshop begins, for an informal dinner at a nearby restaurant. We ask all participants to arrive in time for the get-together and dinner to begin getting to know one another and the instructors. The workshop begins after breakfast the next day, Sunday, October 27. Lodging at the Recapture Lodge continues through Friday night, November 1, while the workshop ends near midday on Saturday, November 2. Please plan your travels to and from Bluff so that you can be there for the entire workshop. If you fly from a distance, the closest airports are Las Vegas, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah, Grand Junction, Colorado, or Albuquerque, New Mexico, but each one requires a long drive to Bluff (yes, this is remote and remarkable country), so please factor needed travel time into your complete travel plans.

Workshop Cost: $1625. A non-refundable deposit of $250 guarantees your spot. Full payment is due 6 weeks before the start of the workshop,

Additional Costs:

  1. Accommodations at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, Utah, at $85/night for a single room.

  2. Food: Approximately $30 - 50/day (plus alcoholic beverages).

  3. Air or vehicular travel from your home to Bluff (and return), plus carpooling to field sites during the workshop.

If you have further questions, please write to Bruce Barnbaum at or phone him at his home (360) 691-4105

To register for this workshop via the website (i.e., go to "Add to Cart" above), please pay the full amount ($1625) or the deposit ($250) using your Visa or Mastercard credit card (sorry, no other credit cards). If you register with a deposit, the full payment will be due 6 weeks prior to the workshop.

Alternatively, to register by regular mail:
Download the workshop application to your computer from here: 

Workshop Application.doc  or a PDF version: Workshop Application.PDF

Print it out, fill it in, and send it to:

Photographic Arts Workshops
P.O.Box 1791
Granite Falls, WA 98252

If you have questions that requires immediate answers, email Bruce at or phone him at (360) 691-4105