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

Marc Muench

The very best lesson to have taught is the ability to see something out of what others consider nothing.

Marc Muench is a internationally renowned landscape photographer with eleven book titles to his name, ESPN outdoor shows and numerous magazine, calendar and poster titles to his credit. Marc's goal is to convey the drama and the power of nature — to share the experience — and his images show that, without a doubt, Marc is one of the greatest visual communicators of our time.

Marc began teaching photography over two decades ago to groups large and small. Since then he has led photography workshops to many international destinations including Scotland, Africa and Canada. He teaches for leading workshops programs and lectures to many camera clubs and photography groups around the country.
Recent highlights include publication of his new book “Exploring North American Landscapes” by Rocky Nook Publishing, and the exhibit “Explorations” at the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos CA. Marc has recently been documenting The Natchez Trace Parkway for the National Park Service, including producing stills and the visitor center’s new interpretive movie.

Marc Muench Q&A:

What motivates your work?

My guiding message in my personal work is the concept of freedom! This is especially true with regards to my wildlife and recreational work. My landscape work is a perpetual quest to find that unique experience where many unique elements come together, location, subject, light, composition my presence and most importantly a touch of unexpected luck.

What skills or qualities are most important to the success of your work?

I attempt to stay in physical shape to get to the locations/positions where I have been diligent in finding and locating the compositions I know are possible. To be prepared for those rather unique situations, I constantly study new technology.

What was your biggest break professionally?

Having a grandfather and father as well known landscape photographers was something I did not want to sacrifice. My job was to find my own way once the doors were open.

How do you break out of a creative block?

There is a very simple solution to a creative block in this line of work. I will usually go hiking or running somewhere in my local mountains or beaches. Even though this does not always solve the conceptual problems I’m dealing with it clears my mind allowing me to refresh my approach or methods.

Who are your most significant influences and why?

My family was a profound influence on me, both my father and mother were creative thinkers with the will to do what they talked about. Other artist such as the Japanese painter Yasu Eguchi and western painter Albert Bierstadt. Other photographers who’s work I was moved by were Chris Nobel, Galen Rowell, Jerry Uelsmann.

Why are you excited to be working with Visionary Wild?

I look forward to working with new people engaged in the pursuit of wilderness photography.

What are your greatest strengths as a teacher and workshop leader?

Many have told me I am able to approach a person at the level their at and decipher their next step, what ever that may be.

What are your favorite things about teaching and/or opening the eyes of passionate photographers to new ways of seeing, new places, etc.?

The magical look on a persons face when they experience a creative epiphany! Years ago when I taught large format printing, I’ll never forget the look on faces when the print emerged from the printer after hours of the head travelling back and forth while we ate lunch. The same can occur while reviewing learned concepts during crits.

As a teacher, what do you consider a successful outcome for your students?

I want them to learn at least one lesson in their personal quest to improve their skills. This can be in either the exploration of the subject, the technique of capturing the picture or the processing of their existing work. The very best lesson to have taught is the ability to see something out of what others consider nothing.

How do you find ways to take your own work in new directions?

I am fortunate that I still have clients who hire me to capture their concepts. This is always a great challenge. For my personal work, it’s all about seeking new locations where I am able to pursue my passion for portraying freedom. Most recently it has included the process of mixing still images with moving.

What do you think is the most important role for photography today?

Of all the important rolls photography plays in our lives, it is a testament to our beliefs and experiences. We all need creative outlets and this is still as true today as it was years ago.

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!