Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009

E-mail:    •    Tel: 1-202-558-9596 (9am to 6pm, EST).    •    Justin Black’s iPhone: 1-202-302-9030

We look forward to hearing from you!


Featured Instructor

Pat O'Hara

Ultimately my goal is to nurture in others a deep and enduring respect for the inspirational qualities of nature–to encourage active participation and contemplative viewing.

Pat O'Hara's photography has been showcased in seventeen books. Washington Wilderness: The Unfinished Work, with writer Harvey Manning, and Washington's Wild Rivers, with writer/poet Tim McNulty (both published by The Mountaineers Books, Seattle) were important regional contributions early in his career on behalf of wilderness preservation. Pat's work was featured in an award-winning series of Woodlands Press National Parks Books. His extensive publication history encompasses trade books, magazines, calendars, greeting cards, posters, advertisements, and electronic media. Numerous professional awards have recognized Pat's talents over the years, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photographers' Association.

Other notable awards include: the Photography Gold Medal presented by the New York Art Directors Club, the Award of Excellence by Communication Arts magazine, numerous editorial salutations and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Washington University. Nikon USA selected Pat to be one of the initial photographers featured in its "Legends Behind the Lens" Internet portfolio series. Pat has served as a Board member for the Olympic Park Institute.

Several book concepts featuring Pat's photography are currently under development. Places of Inspiration: a fine art portfolio will be complemented by exhibitions of his fine art prints. Impressionistic images will be featured in another portfolio. Another book, produced in collaboration with Russian photographer Afanassi Makovnev, will honor the natural history, wildlife and subsistence cultures of the Beringian Heritage International Park (a park co-proposed by the U.S. and Russia) along the Bering Strait and the Chukchi Sea straddling the Arctic Circle.

Pat is a master fine art printer, fluent in digital imaging and workflow. Exhibits of his images have drawn accolades from the professional community. He was the first photographer to exhibit at the National Parks Conservation Association's new gallery and information center in Seattle and enjoyed a successful three-month exhibit at the Mountain Light Gallery in California. His fine art prints reside in public and private collections internationally.

Pat's studio and home base are located on Washington's beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Pat O'Hara is an extraordinarily gifted teacher and a wonderful human being whose exceptional and inspiring body of work speaks for itself. He is among the first two or three photographers I initially invited to teach at Mountain Light, and the workshop we led together there was one of the best I've ever experienced. After being busy with other priorities for the last several years, Pat is available to teach again, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to lead a workshop on the Olympic Peninsula with me in July 2012. This is an opportunity not to be missed. –Justin Black

Welcome to Visionary Wild

We invite you to have a look around and learn about our vision and upcoming programs. Visionary Wild specializes in inspiring, effective, and generous instruction by leading professionals, low student-to-instructor ratios, accompanied by excellent support and amenities. We pride ourselves on being exceptional hosts, and our programs are usually packaged inclusive of single-occupancy lodging (double-occupancy available at prorated fees) and fine dining or high-quality catering of all meals.

Upcoming experiences in 2015 and 2016 include: a western Greenland expedition based on a three-masted schooner; an expedition to Tanzania’s Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks; the stunning South Island of New Zealand; Iceland; jaguars of the Brazilian Pantanal; polar bears in the Canadian Arctic; the enchanting rain forest of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula; chartered expeditions to the Galapagos and to the Falklands and South Georgia Island with Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelson, and Art Wolfe; and more. Jack Dykinga and John Shaw will lead our popular Vision Workshops among the canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at Boulder, Utah (with Jerry Dodrill), and through the elegant and haunting beauty of Death Valley. We’ll also lead workshops to photograph Zion National Park with Charlie Cramer, the redwoods and rhododendrons of the northern California coast with Jeff Foott and Jerry Dodrill, and more. We hope you will join us!