Digital Arts & the Environment Syllabus

Digital Arts & the Environment Syllabus 2017

“A worthy subject is the most important discovery for artists—it’s the magnetic passion that burns at the core of their work, attracting or repelling us, and determining whether they will attempt to evoke what is deepest and highest in us.”
—Artist Alex Grey, in Zig Zag Zen

Flexibility is of utmost importance in the class. Please note that this syllabus is PROVISIONAL.

The image below is a part of Alex Ingram’s WXNDER project: he’s a former CSUSM student: “Ultimately what began as a series about escapism became a direct reflection toward the opposite. Rather than absconding oneself, the shift to finding oneself became ever present allowing the journey to take on new meaning through deep reflection – contemplating man’s connectivity to the cosmos, the meaning of life, manhood, and returning to the natural land.”—Alex Ingram

alex ingram sendtoalex

Andrew Pandes: final project 2016

Photographer David duChemin: The next step on your photographic journey: to make photographs that are much more powerful.

The most powerful photograph is the one that connects with both the heart and mind of the reader. It’s the image that our imaginations keep returning to, and keep asking questions about; the image that stirs something in our emotions. That captivation is what prolongs our experience of the photograph, it’s what grabs our souls and won’t let go. It’s more human.

And more than ever we need photographs that are deeply human, empathetic, insightful . . . We can push past the size of our photographs and create depth. Not bit depth. Emotional depth. Depth of connection. Those will be the images to which we cling, the images that resonate with us and stick.

Once you’ve got your exposure figured out, and can competently focus an image, two things the camera is getting very good at doing, the only thing left is to create something that connects. That’s the human task, the part that requires creativity, soul, and something to say.

We do that with composition, with color, with our choice of moments, and we do it with storytelling.

Human beings are storytelling creatures. We find meaning there, we find hope. It’s how we change minds and stir hearts to action. And knowing how to use your camera won’t help you with this. This part of the photographic journey is done with the heart and the imagination, because it’s the heart and the imagination to which we speak . . .

We have always, and will always, hunger for stories. That hunger is hard-wired into us. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.

For the photographer wanting to find deeper relevance and connection to her audience, there are ways to do that powerfully, and one of those is storytelling. The more human, the more honest and vulnerable the better.

What story does your work tell? With what bigger story do you feed your audience – on gallery walls, your portfolio, or your Instagram feed? How could you tighten that story, edit it, reduce it to its most powerful elements? How can we make it a little more universal and a little less about ourselves? These are important questions.

WEEK 1 January 25

Introduce course requirements
Independent Study Possibilities:
1. Funes Digital Arts Competition:
Recruit Independent Study student to direct & manage for 3 units, or for the experience: APRIL 2017: Required for art majors: 3 winners receive $100:
2. SofA Photo Docucumentary Archive Project
3. Art Exhibition at UCSD assistant:
preparation and installation

Social Media: how to get your photo project seen: choose one for a class presentation:
Blog, Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Website: creating a photographic portfolio

Final Book/Magazine Project ideas
The Book of Hours were medieval illuminated manuscripts. The Book of Magic Hours are illuminated photography books: when light is palpable, and backlighting renders everything luminous, magical.
Refueled magazine Issue 14
Refueled magazine Issue 13
What Liberty Ate magazine
Gabriela Iancu
Online Magazine Site for layout ideas

Julieanne Kost photography
Begin Review of Lightroom CC: Julieanne Kost
Blog Posts: in class we will watch 
Quick Tip: Printing Multiple Images to a Single JPEG
For your homework, watch several to review, renew, and deepen your commitment and  your relationship with Lightroom!!

Art Wolfe video from CreativeLive:
Integrated Life 1 & 2
10 Deadly Sins of Composition


WATCH: Burtynsky’s Watermark (Rent on amazon: click on link, or FREE streaming on Netflix) and write about particular images: why are they so compelling: composition, etc. Think about your own work and relationship to nature based on Burtynsky’s and Steffensen’s quotation below:

SHOOT & POST: Shoot some landscape shots in a park nearby you home. You may have to google this. Use a tripod. Have an intention for your shots: I want to try . . .  Get up early, or stay out late:get that great light. POST these to your blogs.

BRING: your external hard drive with images to work on in Lightroom/Photoshop

WEEK 2 February 1
set up Lightroom catalogues with your own external harddrives

Art Wolfe: 10 Deadly Sins of Composition
Art Wolfe: Favorite Composition
Marc Muench: Technical Trinity

1. Create a series of landscape photographs
 inspired by the work of Seth Boyd, Art Wolfe, or Edward Burtynsky. Edit and enhance in Lightroom/and or Photoshop and post on our blog by next week’s class. In your post, please let us know what aspect of the artist you have chosen has inspired you. This is to get you prepared for our outdoor photoshoot next week.

2. Bring DSLR cameras and tripods, reflectors, diffusers, snacks
 next week for our first field trip to Double Peak Park: MEET AT THE PARK at as close to 3pm as you can get there, or earlier. We will stay until sundown and then return to CSUSM.

WEEK 3 February 8 

WATCH and Post aboutChasing Ice: free on streaming Netflix; $2.99 on Amazon
Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world’s changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.

HOMEWORK: Shoot a series of panos, HDR’s, and portraits in the landscape at the Oceanside Pier, or somewhere comparable. If you live in OB, the OB Pier is fine. Think about Balog, Burtynsky, Wolfe . . .

WEEK 4 February 15


Relationship to Place in San Diego County: firescapes, wildlands, wetlands, wastelands, urban development, urban decay, urban-wild interfaces.
Alex Boyd: the Scottish landscape: website
Alex Boyd: short video
Alex Boyd: inspiration: painter Caspar David Friedrich

Converting Photos to B & W
Virtual Copies
Adding Color Toning
Adding Cross Processing
Selective Coloring
Radial and Graduated Filters

1. Chasing Ice

2. Annenberg Space for Photography: choose a photographer 


WEEK 5 February 22
FIELDTRIP: San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas: remember to use what you learned re shallow and deep depth of field. Think about what lenses you want to bring

Bring DSLR cameras, lenses, and tripods, reflectors, diffusers, and SNACKS.
WARMLY. We will meet at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas as close to 3 pm as you can get there. Place closes at 5 pm, so best if you can get there early>
map of the GARDEN :

Check out the WATERFALL and waterfall pond area, and the bamboo area and pond: These are spectacular, and especially after these RAINS!!
Downside is that it costs $10 for students, but you can go as early as you like to scout around for photos
Please get to the garden early if you can to walk around the garden to pick the best places to shoot.
The garden should be stunning right now. Tons of blooms.
Make sure to google the location: it’s a pretty easy drive from school, 20 minutes or so.

I will be getting to the garden around 2, but I will be at the Gift Shop/Plant Shop at 3:20 if you want to meet up.
There are bathrooms there, and a snack shop.

1. Go to the MOPA exhibition to see the Flor Garduño exhibition; the National Parks exhibition is quite small: BRING your Receipt for the exhibition or take a SELFIE in the Lobby

Exhibition One: Flor Garduño
30 Jan, 2016 – 29 May, 2016
In Trilogy, Flor Garduño presents a tour of the principal themes from her career of photographic work within three groups: BestiariumFantastic Women and Silent Natures. A renowned Mexican photographer, Garduño is internationally recognized for her black and white photography.

Website for Flor Garduño
The Red List

2. EDIT and enhance photos from San Diego Botanic Garden: after seeing Flor Garduño’s exhibition, try editing and enhancing some of your images in Black & White; your images from your Oceanside shoot and your series inspired by a photographer chosen from the Annenberg Space for Photography should already be posted on your blogs.

3. Enter Water Digital Photography competition (optional but encouraged)

WEEK 6 February 29
After seeing Flor Garduño’s exhibition at MOPA, I asked you to edit and enhance some of your images in Black & White: How has she influenced your B & W work. I’ll give you time at the beginning of class to write about the exhibition, which you were assigned as homework.
Fahey/Klein Photo Gallery
a. Botanic Garden Blog Posts
We’ll also look at your series of photographs inspired by the work of your photographer chosen from the Annenberg Space for Photography: you will speak about the relationship between what you learned from your photographer and your series of photos.
c. Oceanside (or other pier) Series

Final Book Project: create in Bookwright at, in Lightroom Book Module, or in Indesign (if you already know the software):

We will review the Lightroom Book Module and take a look at Bookwright
A. Julieanne Kost: Lightroom Book Module
C. Bookwright in Blurb

1. Create Book Project Proposal (minimum one page: 250 words) and post on your blog with accompanying photos by shooting a series of images that will help you to present your proposal.
Here are some guidelines: please make sure to answer #2
a. Describe the proposed book project: What is the story that you want to tell through your photographs, the general theme/focus of your project. What is the potential format (size) and anticipated length:
check out for choices
b. Relevance of your project to your own life. Why have you chosen to your particular subject for your book project. How will you tell your story to make it compelling, memorable
c. How do you plan to find other artists who might help inspire your project, conceptually, aesthetically, technically.
d. How might research enhance your project
e. How will your book project enhance your learning and growth.
f. What do you anticipate you will learn from creating this project.
g. How will you disseminate your project: how will you promote your project once it is completed
h. What do you want your viewer/reader to remember a year after looking at your book project.
i. Alternative final formats:
Exhibition of a series of prints
 and/or photos & text panels
Multimedia project with voice-over, sound, music
Large-scale projection in/outdoors

2. Shoot a Series of photographs to accompany your Book Proposal : shoot images with a very shallow depth of field, and extremely sharp depth of field: variables: lens, distance from subject, and most importantly, aperture; how do these work together. These should apply to your work for your final project.

We will discuss everyone’s final book proposal. Please have posted to blog with supporting materials by 3PM.


1. FIRST: create a POST about Art Wolfe’s, The Human Canvas video I showed at the end of class last night. Also, finish your post on Jim Brandenburg and the Chasing the Light video. What is the take-away for you from both photographers.

2.  SHOOT a Series of Photos for you Final Book Project: please give your project a name. Again, feel free to edit/shift/rethink the proposal you gave for the class presentation. But this shoot should reflect your actual final project.

3. Edit/Enhance and Post your Series: for assistance with edit and enhance part, see Kost’s videos: scroll down until you come to the cool stuff that’s in the Develop module for editing and enhancing.
Julieanne Kost Lightroom CC videos

4. Choose a second online mentor. This person can be from the:
Annenberg Space for Photography
Fahey/Klein Gallery photographers
or a photographer of your choosing who will guide you with your Final Project.
Please write a post about your chosen photographer: how they might help you on your project.

5. Prepare for Elfin Forest Reserve trip on Monday, March 14.

WEEK 8 March 14

The Interpretive Center is located at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve (EFRR) on Harmony Grove Rd. between the communities of Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest.
8833 Harmony Grove Rd
Escondido, CA 92029
Bring DSLR cameras, lenses, and tripods, reflectors, diffusers, SNACKS. DRESS WARMLY. We will meet as close to 3 pm as you can get there and stay until we’re thrown out.

1. EDIT AND ENHANCE photos from Elfin Forest Field Trip for Presentation, as well as your photo series inspired by your chosen Annenberg photographer: Be prepared to talk about your photographer
 your edited and Enhanced Photos to your blogs

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HOMEWORK: Work on your Final Project: Post a Series of Photos that will be part of your final project

Work on your Final Project: Post a Second Series of Photos that will be part of your final project. (First series was from your homework that was due March 14).
 photos from Elfin Forest: hopefully, you’ll have a long exposure photo to share. If not, you can work on long exposures over the break for your Final Book Project. Remember, you need a tripod, and low light.
for example, at @ 6:30 pm
aperture = 22 or higher depending on your lens
ISO – 100
shutter speed @ 8-10 seconds
later in the evening, longer the shutter speed

WEEK 10 March 28:
We will VIEW
1.Photos from Elfin Forest Fieldtrip
posted on your blog

2. TWO Photo Series for your FINAL Book Project (from homework due March 14, and homework during BREAK:
“A worthy subject is the most important discovery for artists—it’s the magnetic passion that burns at the core of their work, attracting or repelling us, and determining whether they will attempt to evoke what is deepest and highest in us.”
—Artist Alex Grey, in Zig Zag Zen

3. You will present your second Annenberg artist from the March 7 homework:
Choose a second online mentor. This person can be from the:
Annenberg Space for Photography
Fahey/Klein Gallery photographers
or a photographer of your choosing
who will guide you with your Final Project.
Please write a post about your chosen photographer: how they might help you on your project.

1. entries for Funes Digital Arts Competition, with 3 prize winners ($100 each) and online submissions

 Field Trips to two very different and vital ecosystems:
San Elijo Lagoon (wetlands) and Pechanga (oak woodlands)
San Elijo Lagoon: Escondido Creek (Elfin Forest) flows into this lagoon
Nature Center: a new green building made of recycled materials
Trails at San Elijo Lagoon
If you were to follow a raindrop from the mountains to the ocean, you would be following the raindrop through a watershed. A watershed is the area of land and water bodies that collect rainwater. A watershed includes the mountains, valleys, and flatlands, as well as water flowing above ground and underground (groundwater) in creeks, rivers, and aquifers. Most watersheds eventually end at the coast, often at an estuary open to the ocean. Flowing water connects all of the communities in a watershed, and what happens upstream affects those living downstream.

The Escondido Creek watershed starts in Bear Valley above Lake Wohlford and stretches 26 miles through the City of Escondido, past Elfin Forest to Cardiff, and through the San Elijo Lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. Additional communities it touches are Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach, and lands of The San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The Escondido Creek watershed covers approximately 54,112 acres in northern San Diego County.

The waters of Escondido Creek reach the coast at Cardiff and flow into the San Elijo Lagoon, a very important natural environment in the Escondido Creek watershed. The San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve covers nearly 1,000 acres that include wetland and upland habitats. The wetlands are some of San Diego’s most diverse and of the few remaining along the CA coast. Here, fresh water meets seawater in a body of water called an estuary. An estuary is partially enclosed and receives fresh water from rainfall and runoff and salt water from tidal flow. This mingling of waters, along with the organisms living here, produces an area high in nutrients.

Estuaries are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world with a multitude of habitats and a great variety of species. The Reserve is home to more than 735 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, spiders, insects, plants, algae, and other organisms that live here year-round or visit seasonally. It’s a resting spot for migrating birds traveling the Pacific Flyway and a nursery area for a variety of young birds, fishes, and invertebrates. There are seven distinct habitats in and around the Reserve. They vary based on the availability of water and how fresh or salty it is. As with Elfin Forest, there’s chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and riparian habitats. Salt marshes are the area of the Reserve that’s most affected by ocean tides.  (from the San Elijo Lagoon website)

Pechanga & Oak trees
Wikipedia: Oldest Trees in the World
Europe’s Oldest Oak Forest
The Heart of the Oak

The Great Oak
The Great Oak is the largest natural-growing, indigenous coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia ) wi’aashal tree in the United States and is estimated to be anywhere from 850 to 1,500 years old, making it one of the oldest oak trees in the world. The tree has been used by countless generations as a gathering place. The Great Oak area, Wi’aasha, is home to numerous culturally sensitive, historical and archaeological sites, including tribal interment sites from time immemorial.

The ancient Great Oak is a living, growing entity. An environmental wonder that continues to branch out, its roots continue to expand to keep it standing. When approaching the tree from a distance, what appear to be smaller trees around a larger tree are really the whole tree’s heavy spreading beams laying on the ground and rising up again in a circle of growth. The dark foliage has provided countless generations with welcome shade from the hot summer sun. In the center is the massive trunk, which is 20 feet around. Each branch, larger than most live oak trunks, rises up 96 feet, comes down to rest on the ground, and then rises up again to form the outer canopy. For all those fortunate enough to see it, the Great Oak truly is an impressive sight.

(REMINDER: Books must be COMPLETED and sent to Blurb at by April 29)

Continue work on Final Book Project based on discussion today about your Two Photo Series that you have already completed.

San Elijo Lagoon Fieldtrip: Bring cameras for field trip. Dress warmly. Meet at Nature Center by 3:30, unless you already know the trail you want to walk and photograph. If you’ve never been to the lagoon before, the rangers there can help you decide which trail you might want to photograph.

If you know which trail you want to explore, you can go ahead and park at a trailhead area and shoot your photos. Make sure to walk the trails with someone else from the class.

Trails map.  There are large maps available at the Nature Center for you to take with you, or you can print your own.

WEEK 11 April 4
FIELD TRIP: San Elijo Lagoon, Encinitas: Meet at the Nature Center by 3:30, unless you already know the trail you want to walk and photograph. If you’ve never been to the lagoon before, the rangers there can help you decide which trail you might want to photograph.

If you know which trail you want to explore, you can go ahead and park at a trailhead area and shoot your photos. Make sure to walk the trails with someone else from the class.

Trails map 
There are large maps available at the Nature Center for you to take with you, or you can print your own. My cell is 760-468-5048.

POST: images from San Elijo Lagoon
images for your Final Book Project

WEEK 12 April 11

FUNES submissions collection in Lightroom: load your 9 best images today into a collection, and post on your blog: we will help you choose . . . your best 3.

1. San Elijo photos posts
2. New photos for your Final Book Project posted on your blogs; discussion about your progress.
3. Possible Funes photo submissions: Posted on you blogs

Continue work on Final Book Project which need to be uploaded to BLURB by May 2, Monday, and we will view your books online at the Blurb site during the final class

WEEK 13 April 18

1. POST edited and enhanced images from Pechanga Fieldtrip, with a written reflection about the field trip
2. FINAL PROJECT: continue working  on Book Project or Website Portfolio

WEEK 14 April 25

Website Portfolio Presentation: Briana, Jerry, and Lexi
Aaron Huey: People, Shelter, and the Land

Leo Cabal, Wedding Photographer at 22 slides
Marcel Fuentes on Format


SHOW: Photos from Pechanga Fieldtrip

UPLOAD: 3 images to the Submission Portal for the
Funes Digital Arts
Also, remember to post on your 9 (or so) most compelling images on your blogs from the past year, from which you chose the 3 to submit to the competition. Several of you did this during our class time on April 11.

Upload at:
Size of longest side must not exceed 24 inches. You will enter the size of your image in the submission portal’s description box when you upload; for example. 16 x 24;   12 x 18;    24 x 24
Submission format: 300 dpi high resolution jpeg.

Information PDF FUNES Competition 2016 NEW

Remember to post your 3 selections for the Funes Digital Arts Competition photos on your blog: so you’ll have one post with the 9 most compelling photos, and one with the 3 selected for the competition.

HOMEWORK: Work to complete Book Project or Website Portfolio
 (which we will talk more about today):
send to by Monday, May 2. You can do this in class.

If you’re working on a Portfolio Website, you can continue working until the Final on May 9 when it must be complete.

WEEK 15 May 2
It is mandatory that you attend class tonight!
SHARE your Pechanga Photos
your 2nd Photographer inspiration
Remember on your blogs to post your 3 FUNES COMPETITION Submissions. Also, remember that you should already have posted your 9-10 most compelling images.
Continue to work on FINAL PROJECT: Photography Portfolio Website or Blurb Book Project
By next week’s final, make sure to post your website on our class blog, which you can do in class tonight, and of course still continue to work on your website.

BLURB: And by next week’s class, you also must add your book to your blog as a blurb slideshow:
SHOW ALL PAGES directions below:
To add your books to your blogs as a blurb slideshow: I will demonstrate this in class tonight.
Go to book in blurb: go to: my dashboard
Set book up for sale: click Sell My Book
Click Get Started
Fill in Book Details
Click Save and Continue
Fill in Sell & Distribute
Click Save

 Click Promote
Under Post your book preview On your website or blog
Embed site
Click Copy button for Blogger or WordPress

Return to WordPress site and Create New Post

Change tab from Visual to HTML on top line under Title

Paste into the field CMD+V (this is what you COPYied from Blurb
Post as normal

BLOG POSTS for the Semester:
Week 2
Post a series of landscape photographs inspired by the work of Seth Boyd, Art Wolfe, or Edward Burtynsky and or Robert Adams post
10 Deadly Sins of Composition Post Art Wolfe Post
Week 3
Fieldtrip: Double Peaks post
Week 4
Chasing Ice video post
Oceanside Pier post
Week 5
Annenberg Photographer inspired landscape post
San Diego Botanic Garden post
Week 6
Flor Garduño exhibition post: include selfie or scan receipt
Black & White photo post inspired by Garduño exhibition
Week 7
Book Project Proposal with First Series of photos to accompany Final Project Proposal
Art Wolfe’s The Human Canvas Post
Jim Brandenburg and Chasing the Light video Post
Second Photographer Inspiration Post
Week 8
Elfin Forest post: stressed long exposures, among other technical details
Week 9 Spring Break
Second Series of photos for Final Project
Week 10
Continue work on Final Project
Week 11
San Elijo Lagoon post
Week 12
Work on Final Project
Week 13
Pechanga Fieldtrip post
Funes Competition: 9-10 compelling images post
Week 14
Funes Competition submission post 3 images
Week 15
Week 16
Final Book Project or Website Portfolio Post

WEEK 16 May 9 All Final Projects Due
Funes Digital Arts Competition in ARTS 239 classroom:
I will present a slideshow of all the submissions, and Carolyn Funes and other faculty members and students will be attending
4 PM
your completed BLOGS! No late blog posts!
VIEW on BLURB: your Book Project: SHOW ALL PAGES
VIEW: Website Photography Portfolio presentations. 


Weaving Community: Tima Lotah Link: How Native Peoples are Rediscovering Their Basketry Traditions, with Nicholas Hummingbird

Gathering Medicine: Kat High, Richard Bugbee & Sage LaPena

Decolonizing the Diet: Lois Connor, Barbara Drake, Lorene Sisquoc, & Craig Torres

Mac Stone: Endangered Everglades

So my job, then, is to use photography as a communication tool, to help bridge the gap between the science and the aesthetics, to get people talking, to get them thinking, and to hopefully, ultimately, get them caring.—Mac Stone


Post re: Robert Adams: landscape photographer
“His refined black-and-white photographs document scenes of the American West of the past four decades, revealing the impact of human activity on the last vestiges of wilderness and open space. Although often devoid of human subjects, or sparsely populated, Adams’s photographs capture the physical traces of human life: a garbage-strewn roadside, a clear-cut forest, a half-built house.

An underlying tension in Adams’s body of work is the contradiction between landscapes visibly transformed or scarred by human presence and the inherent beauty of light and land rendered by the camera. Adams’s complex photographs expose the hollowness of the 19th Century American doctrine of Manifest Destiny, expressing somber indignation at the idea (still alive in the 21st Century) that the West represents an unlimited natural resource for human consumption. But his work also conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in the West.”

Post re: An-My Lê landscape photographer

“An-My Le was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1960. Lê fled Vietnam with her family as a teenager in 1975, the final year of the war, eventually settling in the United States as a political refugee. Her photographs and films examine the impact, consequences, and representation of war.

Whether in color or black-and-white, her pictures frame a tension between the natural landscape and its violent transformation into battlefields. Suspended between the formal traditions of documentary and staged photography, Lê’s work explores the disjunction between wars as historical events and the ubiquitous representation of war in contemporary entertainment, politics, and collective consciousness”

Chasing Ice: James Balog: amazon rental
Sebastiao Salgado
Chased by the Light: Jim Brandenburg
Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, PBS
Edward Burtynsky: Watermark and Manufactured Landscapes:  amazon rental
Sally Mann: What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann: amazon rental and prime
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens: amazon rental
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning: amazon rental
Pedro E. Guerrero: amazon rental
Get the Picture: John Morris: amazon rental and prime
War Photographer: James Nachtwey
1000 Times Good Night: fictional account of female photojournalist during war

Ash Thorp: CSUSM graduate: Ender’s game, etc: guest may come to CSUSM
Study contemporary photographers who explore the global  “industrial sublime,” as well as photographers who explore are regional ecosystems in California and Baja
Wild, the movie

BJornson: experimental nature
David Maisel: aerial/industrial sublime

This field trip is REQUIRED for everyone. LEAVE EXTRA TIME for driving, as there is construction on Pechanga Parkway.

We will meet at the Pechanga Service Station, which is just beyond the Pechanga Casino.
45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592
(please google for directions)

Everyone needs to be there by 3:40 PM at the latest. We will be getting on a Pechanga bus then. There is a good Mexican take-out restaurant at the gas station if you get there early. Inexpensive too. You can park in the parking lot behind the gas station, or any of the Casino parking lots, but park close to the gas station.

They will then have a small bus for us to visit the Great Oak and the Cove, where there’s a pond and traditional village structures: a giant acorn granary, cedar bark house, ramada, sweat. It’s really beautiful, set against the mountains.

Bring your charged DSLR cameras, tripods, etc. This will be a great photo shoot day.

Please remember we are guests of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. They are a sovereign nation. There is no public access unless you are invited onto the reservation. This is a great honor and privilege for us, as well as a great photo opportunity!

Please bring warm clothes. We’ll probably be outside until around 6:30 pm.