A Delightful Bolivia Workshop

I have just returned from teaching my latest photo workshop in Bolivia. It was a really fun workshop, with dedicated participants, lots of photo opportunities and plenty of enjoyable moments. Most important for us, the workshop teachers, was seeing how each participants were able to develop their photography during the 10 days we were travelling in eastern parts of Bolivia.

This workshop involves a lot more travelling than most of the workshops I teach. More or less every second day we were taking off to a new town or village, which both makes the workshop more adventures as well as add some pressure with regards to being able to find time for picture critiques and lectures every day.

We were travelling in the footsteps Che Guevara and his failed revolutionary attempt in Bolivia fifty years ago. Following his last days was just a framework for the travel not a theme for the photographing—unless participants chose to do so. After meeting up in Santa Cruz, the financial hub in eastern Bolivia, we took off first to Samaipata, then to Vallegrand and La Higuea before returning to Santa Cruz. The highlight was no doubt La Higuera, a small village high up in the mountains with a handful of houses and only 43 inhabitants.

I think it’s fair to say, that the combinations of daily feedback on photos the participants take as well as being able to photograph one and one next to either me or my colleague Sven Creutzmann, with whom I taught the workshop, give a good dynamic for each participant to develop his or her photography. The result was noticeable. A lot of very strong imagery was captured during the workshop.

This is the third team we have organized this workshop.

Here are a couple of glimpses behind the scene during the workshop. Later on, I will get back with photos we shot during the ten days in Bolivia.

63 thoughts on “A Delightful Bolivia Workshop

  1. About 15 years ago I especially enjoyed the cinematography in the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries,” about the journey of Che Guevara. It must have been an amazing experience for the workshop participants to be photographing such spectacular scenery, as well as the interesting people living there.

  2. I hope the first photographer asked permission, otherwise she comes across as being a privedged invader of another person’s space. With permission, she probably has got a pleasing image, with the blessing of the subject. They all tell stories and I enjoy looking at them, very envious of the people being able to bend their knees to sit on their haunches.

    1. Going so close, it’s not possible to photograph anyone without getting some kind of consent. The two of them actually had a nice conversation besides the photographs taken.

  3. Bolivia is a fascinating country…one thatI am yet to visit. Seeing it through yours and your student’s photo lenses is the next best thing to actually visiting it for myself…something I intend to do in the near future. No doubt that it must have been a very demanding trip. I will be looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

  4. Sounds like a fantastic experience for everyone. The photo of everyone looking down the canyon made me think of my recent trip with a group of birders. I observed the same intent dynamic many times over during that trip. 😉

  5. Lovely photos as usual and they tell stories on their own. The older lady in the third photo reminds so much of my mum – she is always excited to see her photos on a phone or a camera.

  6. amazing pics, Otto! And I love the way you processed them! kind of old school slide film looking, which i love…. i’m glad your workshop was such a success!

  7. “A framework for the travel” rather than a theme to be followed – I like that idea, Otto. I bet it was wonderful. The third photo from the top is a great way to show what you have talked about – sharing the portrait with the subject and connecting with people on the street.

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