MCCC Photography Program to Offer Adventure in Southwest
May 29-July 7


This photo of Lake Powel, located along the border of Arizona and Utah, was taken by Photography Program Coordinator Eric Kunsman on an earlier southwest trip.


The desert region of the southwest United States will be the destination for a group of photography students from Mercer County Community College this spring and summer. Photography Program Coordinator Eric Kunsman will lead the trip, which was inspired as a result of his own photographic adventures in the southwest.

"Southwest Photography Workshop" is a five-week credit course to take place from May 29 to July 7 in the "Four Corners" region of the United States: New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. The itinerary includes photography excursions to Arches National Park in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, the Carlsbad Caverns and Taos in New Mexico, and the Petrified National Forest in Arizona, as well as many other scenic destinations. Two- and three-week sessions are available for students unable to attend for all five weeks.

Kunsman notes that the southwest provides "a magnificent canvas for students to photograph their personal vision of the cultures and landscapes they experience." Lectures and readings on the history, culture, and ecology of the area will complement the "field laboratory" work. Students will also have time to develop film and print photos once the field experience concludes. They will be asked to keep a daily journal while on location and to present their photographic prints at the end of the course.

"Students will have an opportunity to photograph scenery and architecture unlike anything found on the East Coast," Kunsman said. "The entire day will be open for individual students to focus on the different photographic events they wish to pursue." Weekly workshops will be offered on location that concentrate on different techniques such as view cameras, self-portrait in nature, painting with light, and fill flash.

Students will camp under the stars during the trip. "On the first night, I predict that they will be so excited by the starlit sky they won't be able to sleep," Kunsman said, noting that the nighttime skies near the national parks are unmarred by city lights and provide unparalleled photographic opportunities. "The only light that may disturb us is the moon if it is very bright," Kunsman said.

The workshop is open to community members with permission of the instructor. Some photography experience is required. Students will earn six credits. The cost for Mercer County residents is $1200, including tuition, lab fees and accommodations. For other workshop information, including costs for out-of-county and out-of-state residents, contact Eric Kunsman at (609) 586-4800, ext. 3835 or email

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