Develop Your Photography

Learning is a way to both improve and to develop. I believe in lifelong learning—as long as I am willing to learn I stay alive. There are many ways to replenish one’s knowledge and further develop oneself. Personally I find attending workshops one of the most inspiring ways to learn and develop. I try to attend at least one workshop every year. For me there is something about the format of workshops, being incredibly attractive and just evoking pure stimulation. This goes for whether I am a student or a teacher.

This year I am planning to teach more photo workshops than I have ever done in any year before. I am setting up two complete new workshops, in addition once again to organizing two workshops that have been successful in the past. They should cater to any level or interests of photography, whether you are a beginner or already a pro, whether you want to dig in and really develop your photographic voice or just want to have fun while getting a better grip on your photography.

I hope one of the workshops I offer may trigger your desire to further develop and learn. Maybe travel to a place you have not been to before, or maybe finally spending full time immersing yourself in a photographic learning experience. I promise your photography will progress profoundly during any of the workshops. I say so based on having taught workshops for more than ten years and not the least from responses from former workshop participants. As one participant stated: “The workshop was all about constructive critique that inspired to stretch myself to levels I had never perceived before. I believe I am a better photographer today than I was 10 days ago.”

This year I will for, the first time, teach a workshop in England. It’s going to be an extended weekend in the picturesque and distinctive city of Bath. We will stroll around in the historical city, which is built on a heritage extending back to Roman time and beyond. “Street Photography in Bath” will run from September 21th to 24th.

The other completely new workshop is going to be quite an experience. I am really proud to be able to offer a two weeks combined photo tour and workshop in Cuba, where we will follow the footsteps of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and their revolution. I am teaching the workshop together with my friend and colleague, Sven Creuztmann. We will visit cities with important landmarks for the two revolutionaries fought, we will visit places that most visitors to Cuba never get to see and we will go deep into the mountains where the revolution started. “In the Footsteps of a Revolution” takes place from November 24th to December 7th.

The workshops I have taught before will run in spring. I will once again do the intimate photo workshop about how to develop your photographic expression in my hometown of Bergen, Norway. It’s going to be a very small workshop where we meet up in my apartment, when we are not shooting the streets of Bergen. “The Personal Expression” runs from June 15th to 17th.

Finally, Sven and I are running our regular workshop in Cuba this May. It’s a one week photo workshop, and one of my most popular. We already have a good group signed up for the workshop, but there are still some spots left. “Cuba in Essence” takes place from May 5th to 17th.

Maybe one of these workshops could be something for you? I would love to have you come along.

Advertisements

Come to Prague!

Munchow_1531-040

Some time ago, I launched a complete new workshop. In the end of September I will teach a photo workshop in Prague. I have been to this vibrant capital of the Czech Republic many a time, but this is the first time I make an attempt to teach a workshop there.

I really look forward to be able to show the participants this amazing city—and of course to let them photograph its charm and radiance. The Czech capital has an interesting historical downtown, is famous for its cafes, the beautiful bridges over the river Vltava and not the least Hradčany Castle. Most of all, though, it’s a city full of life and vibrancy, which I think will be the biggest attraction for participants in a photo workshop. For any photographer who loves street photography Prague is a dream come true.

«Street photography in Prague» takes place over an extended weekend. Maybe it’s something for you to consider attending? Of course, if you live in a different continent it doesn’t make much sense to go to Prague for only half a week. However, for anyone situated in Europe Prague is easily accessible and often remarkably inexpensive to reach. And if you are not in Europe maybe attending the workshop could be combined with an extended visit to Europe. Prague is worth a visit of its own. Even if you don’t attend my workshop, I would recommend the Czech capital, any old day.

My workshop is inexpensive and will be an inspiration for anyone who either loves to photograph street life or are interested in getting into street photography. It will take place from Friday to Monday the last weekend of September. I promise you an extraordinary experience. For more information about the workshop, have a look at the web site of Blue Hour Photo Workshops.

New Dates for Cuba Workshop

Utsyn over den falleferdige hovedstaden

I am very pleased to announce that my photo workshop in Cuba, which was scheduled to run in September, has been moved to November. It’s by request from participants who have already signed up for the workshop. Some of them found out that the original dates didn’t work after all. The new dates are set to November 10th to 17th, with the workshop starting in Havana and ending there as well. In many ways November is a better time to visit Cuba, it’s less warm and in addition it seems to be a better time of the year for most people to take time off for a workshop. There are still spaces available and maybe the change of date will make it possible for you join, too.

The Cuba 2015 photo workshop is a great opportunity to discover this beautiful Caribbean island, its friendly people, the sensual rhythms of everyday life as well as the former colonial and African culture that still so much influence all life in Cuba. This workshop is directed to photographers of all levels, beginners to advanced professionals. Every day we will be out shooting the streets of first Havana, then Trinidad. Through lectures and daily picture critique the workshop will encourage expansion of visual ideas and production of photographs that go beyond points of view already established. I am teaching the workshop together with my colleague Sven Creutzmann.

For more information, please look up the site of Blue Hour Photo Workshops.

Images from Cuba

Munchow_1670-177_E1

Munchow_1672-0208_E1

Munchow_1672-0308_E1

Munchow_1672-0370_E1

Munchow_1672-0470_E1

When I teach a workshop, my own shooting becomes secondary. What is important is the photos the participants are able to capture and bring back from the workshop. Often I hardly find time to do any shooting on my own. If I do, it’s mostly when I go out and photograph alongside some of the participants – if they want me to come along.

For the participants it’s a chance to see how I approach people on the street and also a way for me to help them break the barrier that is always there when you do street photography. Moreover, they see how I shoot – and not the least how long I stay in any given situation. While most participants may capture one, two, or at most three images from a situation they encounter, I would stay for as long as it takes to get a good photograph. It may take 50 shots or it may take 300, it may take 10 minutes or it may take an hour. As I said; whatever it takes. For most participants this is quite a revelation. Good photos don’t come for free – as a manner of speaking.

Anyway during the photo workshop I just taught in Cuba a couple of weeks ago, I had more time than usually to shoot my own images, due to the fact that it was a smaller group this time and also because we were two teachers. I still haven’t really had time to edit the photos, but here is a little selection of some of the images I shot; a first pre-edit.

Laid-Back Caribbean Style

Etter regnfall er spillet igang igjen

"El Norte" Nuñez ved gården sin

Et vennlig smil møter man overalt

Munchow_0696-071

Livet i Gibara er preget av fred og ro

I have just returned from teaching a workshop in Cuba. It was some very intense and busy days – but also very satisfying. It’s not only a pleasure to teach and talk about photography, but I learn just as much as I hope the participants do. It’s too early to show any new pictures from this trip Cuba, so instead I have uploaded a couple of older pictures I have taken during previous trips to the Cuba. I hope to be able to post some new pictures from the workshop in a week’s time or so.

During the time in Cuba, I have not had any chance to connect through blogs, Facebook or other social medias. At lot can be said about this Caribbean country but internet is certainly not its strongest feature – to put in diplomatically. For this reason I have not been able to post anything on this blog – or visit any of your latest post. Over the next couple of weeks, though, I will try to catch up.

The Cuban Experience

To eldre herrer slapper av på gatene i gamlebyen

De trange gatene i den gamle bydelen

Cuba is calling again! It’s time for a new photo workshop in this warm, lush and picturesque Caribbean island. My good friend and colleague Sven Creutzmann – and myself – are inviting photographers from all over the world to another astounding experience in Cuba. During eight days we will take you through a few of the most scenic and charming areas of one of the most special places you can imagine.

If you have never set foot on Cuba, you will be amazed about this country that is so different than anything else on Earth. No doubt for better and worse. But the fact remains that for a photographer Cuba is nothing less than an earthly paradise – whatever else one may think about this paradox of a nation. First of all it is the warm, passionate and welcoming people of Cuba. But it is so much more than that. It’s also the colours, the startling light, the cultural diversity, the striking decay that is imminent everywhere, the colonial heritage, the African influence, the strange mixture of the country’s religions, the contradiction between a society stuck in the 50’s and trying to catch up with a contemporary way of living; and the country’s energy and sensuality.

The photo workshop will take place from October 26th to November 2nd 2014. We start out with a couple of days exploring Havana, the bustling capital, and then head south to Trinidad, maybe one of the most beautiful towns on the Caribbean island where we will touch base for the rest of the time. Here Sven and I will give lectures, guidance and of course picture critique every day, but most importantly you will be out photographing this spellbinding scenery, society and its people.

Do you feel the call of Cuba? If you are interested in more information about this workshop please look up on the web site Come along to Cuba of Blue Hour Photo Workshop. See you in Cuba!?

New Photo Workshop

Munchow_1590-164

Do you want to come along with me to the picturesque town of Villajoyosa next year? I am launching a complete new photo workshop in this lovely little town on the coast of Costa Blanca in Spain. Some of you may remember my post Back from Holiday this summer where I wrote about Villajoyosa after spending my summer holiday there. This town is such a lovely, little pearl. After having stayed there for two weeks; I thought it would be a perfect place to teach a photo workshop. Alas, here it is. In May next year I will take on a five days workshop in Villajoyosa at the most pleasant time of the year – before it is too hot and while this coastal landscape is both lush and inviting. As always my focus will be on the creative process and how you can develop your personal style and photographic vision. Sounds interesting? You may find more information about the photo workshop «Street Photography in Villajoyousa» here.

Che and I

Marianne1

Marianne2

Marianne7

Marianne6

Marianne8

I have come to the finally presentation of work done by the participants of the Bolivian photo workshop in spring this year. Marianne Leth had a very different and personal approach to the project she was working on during the workshop. Since she was born on the same date as Che Guevara, the rebel who ended his days in Bolivia and whose footstep the workshop was following, she wanted to delve into that connection through her photographs. She was looking for traces of Che Guevara wherever we went. At first that wasn’t quite enough, until she got the idea of combining these black and white pictures with iPhone pictures of herself in various places in Bolivia. Marianne has a very distinctive eye and a strong and personal vision that radiates from her pictures. Through the combination of the two different photos and by adding quotes by Che Guevara she is able to transcend a poignant relationship between land and people, herself and Che Guevara and between idea and reality. To get the most out of her work displayed here, please click on each image to getter a bigger view.

If you want to see more of Marianne’s pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

The Concerned Photographer

Hung2

Hung6

Hung3

Hung10

In the presentation of work by the participants of the Bolivia photo workshop earlier this year, I have come to the second to last. Hung Tien Vu is an experienced photograph with a very distinctive photographic vision. His approach is personal and compassionate. He looks for those small details that brings forward the story in an image and heightens the viewer’s experience. Always with an eye for the deeper meaning. In many ways he represents what Cornell Capa (brother of the famous Robert and the found of International Center of Photography in New York) once described as the concerned photographer.

The pictures shown here were taken by Hung during the Bolivian photo workshop, and if you want to see more of his pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

The Universal in the Ordinary

Jesper6

Jesper2

Jesper7

Jesper1

Jesper8

During the Bolivian photo workshop this spring Jesper Voldgaard was one of the participants who showed an amazing development. He has an eye for those little details and situations that tells a bigger story than just what appears at first sight. Jesper is able to transcend the ordinary into something universal. The sadness and openness in a child’s eyes shows the sadness of all children in the world. Two humorous elderly represent all the good spirit of old people. Jesper has a humble approach to his subjects, you see in his pictures the respect he feels for people he encounters and captures. He is a humanitarian photographer in its rightful meaning.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to show more than a handful of Jesper’s pictures, but if you want to see more of his work from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.