Photo Workshops in Planning

Two of the participants during the Bolivia workshop in 2013
The participants of the 2010 Bolivia workshop

Sitting at my desk here in Seattle, looking out at the cold mist cramping down on the urban scenery outside my window, I can all the more enjoy spending time planning next year’s photo workshops. Honestly, it’s always fun to plan upcoming workshops. I love teaching and planning is part of the built-up.

If everything goes according to plan, next year I will teach four workshops on three different continents. Some of them will be very adventurous while others while be more laidback. They will vary from weekend long workshops to a tour stretching almost a fortnight. There should be a workshop for most aspiration. Maybe I’ll see you in one of them?

Once again, I will teach a photo workshop in Cuba in May. This is my most popular workshop, which I teach together with my friend and colleague, Sven Creutzmann. We have done this since 2007, almost every year. Here on my blog I have written many a post about Cuba, and if you follow me, I don’t need to introduce you to this fascinating country. It’s certainly a country that it’s a dream place for most photographers, colourful with openhearted people and photo opportunities around every corner.

Next year’s photo workshop will take place from May 4th to 11th. If you may be interested, you’ll find more information on Blue Hour Photo Workshops, «Street Photography in Cuba».

For Sven and me it’s extra exciting to re-launch a photo workshop in Bolivia. This will be a truly adventurous workshop, in which we follow the footsteps of Che Guevara, up until he was captured and killed by the Bolivian army. We will travel through small mountain towns and off the beaten tracks in a lush and beautiful landscape. We will meet local people and we will talk with some of those who took care of Che Guevara after he was captured. In all modesty, this is quite an extraordinary photo workshop.

The Bolivia workshop will take place from September 15th to 24th. For more information, once again look up Blue Hour Photo Workshops, «On the Tracks of Che Guevara».

In addition to the Cuba and Bolivia workshop, I will teach yet another weekend workshop in Bergen, Norway in the beginning of June. Next year I also plan a complete new photo workshop in Seattle, USA. The date is yet not settled, but it will take place in the autumn of 2019. These two workshops I will get back to with more info.

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Che and I

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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

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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

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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.

A Classical Photographer

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Rudy Hemmingsen is a photographer with a classical trained eye. In his photograph he likes to get close to people, capturing what could be said to be traditional portraits with a focus on showing people’s character in a straightforward manner. He doesn’t need to use artificial manipulation in the post-processing, but trusts his ability to observe and catch the spirit of his fellow human beings at the moment of capture. Rudy is drawn to life, to graceful composition, to light and colours. He uses all the characteristic features provided by the camera to capture the worlds as he sees it, for instance using a slow shutter speed as some of the examples here shows.

Rudy’s pictures were taken during the Bolivian photo workshop I taught in Bolivia last spring, 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.

Patient Observations

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Ulrik Bang was another participant of the Bolivia workshop earlier this spring. The pictures he took during the workshop show a delicate understanding of composition, often capturing off-moments with an unusual point of view. He has a quiet and unobtrusive style, the observer and the patient bystander more than the intruding photographer. Ulrik sees the world with a compassionate vision and gentle approach. His palette is mostly built around muted and earthly colours.

If you want to see more of Ulrik’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.

Life Unmasked

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During the photo workshop in Bolivia this spring Johnny Wichmann, one of the participants, captured daily life in its beauty and easiness as it goes about. He captured moments of playfulness, of relationship, of seriousness, of interactions – all those small instants that make up people’s life. His work has a very distinct colour palette and a very honest way of showing how naturally he relates to his subject. For him the decisive moment is clearly an underlying driving force, although not focusing on the big moments, but the more subtle and more unobtrusive split seconds of human conduct.

If you want to see more of Johnny’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.

Childhood Memories

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Children are the same all over the world. They love to play, they are curious, they are eager to learn. That is until reality of the grown-up world catches up with them. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a rich country or in a poor country as for instance Bolivia. That spontaneity and playfulness belonging to the childhood, too often gets lost when growing up – taking different course then whether you have access to everything or to nothing. During the Bolivian Photo Workshop that I and my colleague Sven taught earlier this year Maj Caboni, one of the participants, captured that childhood spirit in a lovingly and close way. She soaked out children wherever we stayed, in Samaipata, Vallegrande or La Higuera, and returned with some strong black and white images. It was as much a personal tie for her as a story she wanted to tell through her pictures.

If you want to see more of Maj’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.

Do you want to experience a photo workshop like the one in Bolivia? The workshop «Cuba in Essence» will take place later this autumn, from October 7th to 14th and still have space for more participants. MORE INFO

The Small Moments of Life

During the Bolivian workshop in April earlier this year, Klaus Holsting – one of the participants – worked exclusively in colour, went about in his unobtrusive way and mingled with the locals whether in a bar, on a market or at the homes of the people living in the villages we visited during the workshop. He waited for those small moments of life to occur. For more about Klaus’s work in Bolivia look up Blue Hour Photo Workshops.

Rural Farming

The Danish photographer Anita Corpas has captured some strong photographs of rural farm life in Eastern Bolivia that shows not only the hardship of farm life but also the farmers’ zest for life. The pictures were taken during the photo workshop «On the Tracks of Che Guevara» in April this year. For more pictures of Anita, look up the presentation of her Bolivian work on Blue Hour Photo Workshops.