Pack your Camera, the Ranch Awaits

With three photography workshops in July, we are celebrating by offering a 20% discount on each class. Read on!

The Rocky Mountain Land Library owes a debt to so many photographers over the past many years. With great insight and craft, they’ve shown the world what a unique place Buffalo Peaks Ranch is. This growing body of work has astounded us, from Michael Ciaglo’s stunning New York Times image:


to Larry Glass’ quiet mist-filled morning:

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and Sarah McLaughlin’s other-worldly photo at dawn:

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No matter the time of day, Buffalo Peaks Ranch has inspired so many excellent photographs. This July, the Land Library will be hosting these Photography/storytelling workshops, taught by three outstanding artists.

To celebrate the great art of Photography (and the way it has always helped us to tell our own individual story), The Rocky Mountain Land Library is excited to offer each of these workshops at a 20% discount (just use Discount Code: PHOTO20 when you register)!


Storytelling with Image and Text with Andrew Beckham

Andrew Beckham is a lot of things, but I would consider him a visual poet, using language both written and visual to construct nuanced work that is compelling, fragile, and poignant.” — Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

Join photographer and author Andrew Beckham for a day of literary and visual exploration. While the worlds of literature and visual art have traditionally been seen as discrete disciplines, Mr. Beckham’s dynamic approach to storytelling has long sought to bring text and image together as a unified aesthetic whole. This workshop will provide a wealth of ideas and approaches for combining your own text and image ideas, with time in the field to explore, photograph, write, and contemplate how our own stories arise from experiences in the natural world.

Saturday, July 8th, 10am to 4pm,  $50 class fee



This image represents all that is exciting and new yet repetitive and grueling.  I spent last summer commercial salmon fishing with some good friends in Southwest Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Nushagak Point to be exact….This image is a reminder of how bad things can be in the most exciting times of life. — Terry Ratzlaff

Documentary Photography, Developing Long Form Personal Narratives with Terry Ratzlaff

This photography workshop will explore how to construct a long form narrative from inception to execution. From brainstorming, researching and starting something new, to progressing through the struggles and resistance one might find while working on a project that might be stressful, difficult or controversial. Terry will provides tips and methods on facing resistance and criticism, and how to find one’s voice while dealing with these situations. Terry Ratzlaff is a photographer and multimedia artist. His photography draws inspiration from brief encounters with people and situations that are overlooked by others or which are disapproved of as unsafe or uncomfortable. In his work, Terry Ratzlaff hopes to bring more attention to the overlooked.

Saturday, July 15th, 10:00am to 4:00pm, $50 class fee



In the Footsteps on Anna Atkins: Simple Photographic Botanical Illustration with Jacqueline Webster

In 1843, British author and botanist Anna Atkins published the first book illustrated with photography, called British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Using a simple iron-based photographic process invented by Sir John Herschel, Atkins made beautiful, simple blue print photograms of specimens with handwritten identification labels that she selfpublished in three volumes. Join photographer Jacqueline Webster for a day of creating your own cyanotype botanical illustrations using the same process Atkins used nearly 175 years ago. We’ll start the day learning the basics and history of the cyanotype process, then move on to some basics of plant identification and collection. Finally we’ll work on creating our own photographic records of the flora found onsite at Buffalo Peaks Ranch.

Saturday, July 29th, 10:00am to 4:00pm, $50 class fee


Remember to use Discount Code: PHOTO20 when you register for any of these workshops!


photo by Berry Oliver



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