It all started when he was around six years old.  Carlan's father, using a Kodak camera, taught him how to make photographs.  Family road trips across the country put the excitement of travel into his blood.  Later a dirt bike got Carlan motorized on two wheels.

In the late seventies, Carlan had the privilege of assisting Ansel Adams for three years.  That's where he learned the power of the photograph. He has always appreciated the magnificent landscape.  Perhaps being a descendent of the Wicomico Tribe he learned to respect the earth and its life early on. Attending Art Center College of Design nudged Carlan's photography career in a commercial direction. Shortly thereafter, he opened a studio in Seattle photographing food and products for advertising and magazines. When digital photography emerged, his studio was one of the first to embrace the new technology. This led to a unique opportunity to beta test Apple's first laptop computers and photography software.

In 2002 Carlan relocated with his wife, Nancy, to Santa Fe, NM. In addition to photographing for magazines and publications, he shares the wonder of photography with students from around the world at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and National Geographic Workshops.  Carlan’s photographs and road stories are featured in Harley-Davidson HOG™ Magazine and New Mexico Magazine along with a new series of photo essay ibooks. He is represented globally by Redux Pictures, NY.  His photographs are in private collections nationally as well as Australia, China, France and Spain.  Carlan is a H.O.G.® member and longtime Harley-Davidson enthusiast.

Naamehnay Project was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Projects.  It's been featured on Living On Earth, and at numerous colleges, museums, and community exhibits.

As a life-long educator, Carlan believes in sharing knowledge and inspiration with students.  He's taught photography in community colleges and private institutions for over thirty-five years.   He currently conducts private clinics, tours, and workshops. He has taught workshops for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions, Pacific Northwest Art School, Maine Media Workshops and Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts.

email: carlan@carlantapp.com

phone: 505.670.2560