Unseen Beauty along the New England Trail

Conference Program


By Xiomaro

WhenPosted in June, Offered Twice
WherePosted in June
SkillBeginner to Intermediate
CostIncluded in your registration

The dynamic duo of the smartphone camera and social media is making it increasingly difficult to discover locations that have not been photographed to death and overrun by tourists. But there are still hidden gems within driving distance. One of them is courtesy of the U.S. National Park Service: the New England National Scenic Trail or simply The New England Trail (NET).

Established in 2009, the NET is a 215-mile hiking route through 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts comprised primarily of historic trail systems. Photographers will encounter classic New England landscape features: long-distance vistas with rural towns as a backdrop, agrarian lands, large forests, and river valleys. The trail also highlights colonial historical landmarks and a range of diverse ecosystems: mountain ridges and summits, forested glades, wetlands and vernal pools, lakes, streams, and waterfalls.

I was commissioned by the National Park Service, the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, and the Appalachian Mountain Club as their 2016 Centennial Artist-in-Residence to create a photographic collection that will bring the NET to wider acclaim. I will show you some of the key locations and will tell you about a little-known cabin that is essentially free of charge. Finally, I will challenge you – whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro – to consider becoming part of the tradition of artists like Eadweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, and Ansel Adams whose compelling images helped Americans appreciate their unique landscape. So I’ll explain how you can prepare yourself to get the best photographs possible.