Every passionate photographer follows a path that starts with curiosity. Advances come through experimentation, investigation, discovery, and reflection. One step leads to another, but mentorship helps guide and focus the process. I’m fortunate that some extraordinary mentors and peers have contributed immeasurably to my growth as a photographer, and I find the challenge of opening new pathways to others to be deeply gratifying. It’s inspiring to witness a photographer’s growth over time. – Justin Black

What does it mean to create world-class photographic experiences that empower passionate photographers to advance their work in meaningful ways? We begin with a philosophy of generous guidance and inspiration, as well as thoughtful service to the goals of our participant community.

Visionary Wild mentors are carefully chosen from among the very finest photographers working today for their skill and generosity as teachers, welcoming and gregarious personalities, and dedication to effectively sharing, with every participant, the benefits of their expertise, insights, and unique vision developed over decades of professional experience. We work in settings that are rich with photographic opportunity; conducive to experimentation, discovery, and growth; and encouraging to positive group dynamics and bonding. Our expertise in workshop and expedition logistics is applied to organizing itineraries, field locations, lodging, catering, and support amenities that best serve the program in question and deliver a superb experience overall.

We also aim to help our participants photograph with purpose by identifying and facilitating outlets for their work. Partnerships with galleries, publications, conservation organizations, and other institutions provide our participant community with ways to connect with an audience and make a difference through their photographs.

Finally, to build on the bonding that occurs during photo workshops and expeditions, we’re creating mechanisms to facilitate ongoing communication, growth, richness, and vitality for our community of friends and colleagues. We invite you to join us on the journey!