A week-long street photography workshop in Hong Kong with In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz.
Maciej returns to Hong Kong with his first street photography workshop in this fascinating metropolis.
2 – 8 May 2016 (7 days). Workshop group: 5 participants only. Location: Hong Kong.
Maciej lived in Hong Kong for almost 4 years between 2000 and 2004 and is very familar with the place.
“The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, and even New York were already centuries in the making when Hong Kong’s gleaming glass towers landed it on the map as one of the world’s leading financial centers.
Commerce is concentrated in the glittering high-rises of Central, tucked between Victoria Harbour and the forested peaks on Hong Kong Island’s north shore. While it’s easy to think all the bright lights are the sum of today’s Hong Kong, you need only walk or board a tram for the short jaunt west into the Western neighborhood to discover a slower-paced side of Hong Kong that is more traditionally Chinese. You’ll discover the real Hong Kong to the east of Central, too, in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and beyond. Amid the residential towers are restaurants, shopping malls, bars, convention centers, a nice smattering of museums, and—depending on fate and the horse you wager on—one of Hong Kong’s most fortuitous spots, the Happy Valley Racecourse.
Across Victoria Harbour, Kowloon sprawls across a generous swath of the Chinese mainland. Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of Kowloon peninsula, is packed with glitzy shops, first-rate museums, and eye-popping views of the skyline across the water. Just to the north are the teeming market streets of Mong Kok, and two of Hong Kong’s most enchanting spiritual sights, Wong Tai Sin Temple and Chi Lin Nunnery, in the dense residential neighborhoods beyond.” Read more athttp://www.fodors.com/world/asia/china/hong-kong.
“This enigmatic city of skyscrapers, ancient traditions and heavenly food will fascinate, whether it’s your first visit or your 50th.” Read more at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/hong-kong
“Lying 65km to the west of Hong Kong, Macau is a city of duality. Its fortresses, churches and the culinary traditions of its former Portuguese colonial masters speak to a uniquely Mediterranean style on the China coast. These are intermixed with the customs, alleys, temples and shrines of its Chinese heritage. On the other hand, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau is the ‘Vegas of the East’, the only place in China where gambling is legal.
Taipa was once two islands that were slowly joined together by silt from the Pearl River. A similar physical joining has happened to Taipa and Coloane because of land reclamation from the sea. The new strip of land joining the two islands is known as Cotai (from Co-loane and Tai-pa). Taipa has rapidly urbanised and it’s hard to imagine that just a few decades ago it was an island of duck farms and boat yards. The small island of Coloane was a haven for pirates until 1910. Today it retains Macau’s old way of life, though luxurious villas are finding their way onto the island.”
Read more at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/macau.
It will be a very intensive practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of max 4 or 5 participants means a high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks, and receive an instant feedback on your photographic technique. You will not only be a fly on the wall hunting for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson, but also get really close to people, interact and photograph them. Maciej is a very experienced travel and street photographer and you will learn a great deal of new things. In the evenings you will edit and discuss your freshly taken photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too.
Maciej will also present several slideshow presentations in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed. All previous workshop participants found them very useful.
It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too. You will return back home confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as a photographer.
The participants of the workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport.
Previous WorkshopsPlease take a look at the reports from the previous workshops to understand how unique they are. There are many behind the scene photos and pictures taken by the students: www.maciejdakowicz.com/photography-workshops#past-workshops.
Hong Kong PhotosBelow are some of Maciej’s photos from his stay in Kong Kong between 2000 and 2004 and from his later visit in 2007.
ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz
Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist based in Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff and a member of the international street photography collective In-Public. He has worked on various photographic projects and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled in two major street photography books published by Thames & Hudson – “Street Photography Now” in 2010 and “The World Atlas of Street Photography” in 2014. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012.