From Joshua Tree to the Salton Sea

Salton Sea photography workshop Brian Taylor Ted orland

Photos © Ted Orland

Go on a photographic odyssey with Brian Taylor and Ted Orland!

The Image Flow in conjunction with the Center for Photographic Art is pleased to present an epic tour of “the Good, the Bad and the Abandoned” as we photograph the natural and un-natural landscapes of California’s home-grown Bermuda Triangle. Our expedition will be led by Brian Taylor and Ted Orland, two seasoned photographers intimately familiar with this surreal corner of California.

Setting out from Palm Springs, our small caravan will spend a day exploring the ragged shoreline of the Salton Sea, storied home to utopian dreams and ill-fated real estate schemes. Along the way we’ll photograph such icons as the inexplicably sinking neighborhood of Bombay Beach, and the surreal folk art wonder of Salvation Mountain. Another daylong trip will carry us into the pristine high desert of Joshua Tree National Park, with its unworldly cacti and spectacular rock formations. Our flexible schedule will allow time for photographing unexpected treasures we discover along the road (perhaps even in Palm Springs, home to some of the finest artificial landscapes money can buy).

We’ve reserved a block of accommodations at Palm Springs’ elegant Triada Hotel, which will serve as our home base. Evenings will be filled with dinners, free time, and viewing the day’s images. We’ll also devote time to discussing already-completed images you bring to share with your fellow travelers. Our two full working days will be bracketed by an opening session Thursday evening at the hotel and a closing session Sunday morning before heading homeward. A few weeks later, The Image Flow in Mill Valley will host a reunion for us to celebrate and share our finished work.

Circle the dates and plan to join us as we follow the proverbial road less traveled on a voyage of photographic discovery!

Price: $2,450.00 Sold Out

(For double occupancy, $600 would be subtracted from the total of the two participants. Please call to reserve a place using this option.)

Please review our Registration Terms & Conditions

Call 415-388-3569 for more information or to register.

March 31 – April 3, 2016

Who should take this workshop: 

Anyone interested in expanding their photographic tool box while photographing the road less traveled.

Pertinent details:

  • Limited to nine participants
  • All lodging, meals, ground transportation, entry fees, tips are included
  • Transportation to Palm Springs is not included

Instructor Bios:

Brian-TaylorBrian Taylor has taught photography at the university level for over 30 years and has offered workshops nationally, including through the Friends of Photography, the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, Stanford University, Photo Alliance, Carnegie Mellon, and the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Brian currently serves as the director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA. Please visit Brian’s website to learn more about his art and background in photography.



Ted orlandTed Orland was an assistant to Ansel Adams, is co-author (with David Bayles) of the book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, and periodically leads workshops and master classes on a variety of photographic topics both locally and nationally. More of his work can seen on his website.