Two week-long street photography workshops in Kerala, India with In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz
19 – 25 December 2016 (7 days). Workshop group: 5 participants.
26 December 2016 – 1 January 2017 (7 days). Workshop group: 5 participants.
Both workshops will start and finish in Kochi. During the week the group will visit one more town in Kerala – the town will be selected together with the group.
Please read the main workshop page for a detailed description of Maciej’s workshops: www.maciejdakowicz.com/photography-workshops/.
“From pristine beaches and backwaters to extensive stretches of tea and spice plantations and rolling hills, Kerala, the narrow state running 560 km (350 miles) along India’s western coast, is a land of diverse natural beauty. The scenery changes across the breadth of the state, and is dotted with waterfalls, fresh springs, and forests full of the opportunity to spot unique species of birds and wildlife. It is also rich in history, with Hindu temples and Christian churches dating back hundreds or thousands of years and a culture that include dance, martial arts, and age-old ayurvedic treatments.
From the more recent past, coastal cities preserve colonial mansions and 19th-century godowns (warehouses) used to store spices and teas and coffee from the plantations. Outside of the historic, spice-trading city of Kochi, attractions are rustic: quiet beaches spiked with palm trees line the west coast; the hilly eastern interior is heavily forested. Kochi is the anchor of low-lying central Kerala, a region dominated by lazy inland waterways, broad lakes, rice fields, and fishing boats; the backwater lifestyle is best experienced from the deck of a slow-moving houseboat. Farther inland, you’ll find tranquil tea and spice plantations as well as two national parks and a sanctuary. The hills surrounding Thekkady and Munnar are lovely for trekking and rich in waterfalls and birdsong, especially in the rains. Southern Kerala is best known for the sparkling beaches near Kovalam, which lie south of the stately capital city, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the home of the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Undeveloped, conservative northern Kerala is the state’s cultural heartland; you can witness some of the region’s most spectacular festivals here. Kerala’s Muslim community is concentrated in the north, and Christians are largely in the central and southern regions.” Read more: http://www.fodors.com/world/asia/india/kerala.
“Travellers weary of India’s daunting metropolises will find Kerala’s cities smaller and more relaxed. The most popular is undoubtedly the great port of Kochi (Cochin), where the state’s long history of peaceful foreign contact is evocatively evident in the atmospheric old quarters of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin. In Kerala’s far south, the capital, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), is gateway to the nearby palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, and provides visitors with varied opportunities to sample Kerala’s rich cultural and artistic life.” Read more: http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/india/kerala/.
Kochi locaton in Google Maps: LINK
“Serene Kochi has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix: giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. It’s a delightful place to spend some time and nap in some of India’s finest homestays and heritage accommodation. Kochi is also a centre for Keralan arts and one of the best places to see Kathakali and kalarippayattu.
Mainland Ernakulam is the hectic transport and cosmopolitan hub of Kochi, while the historical towns of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, though well-touristed, remain wonderfully atmospheric – thick with the smell of the past. Other islands, including Willingdon and Vypeen, are linked by a network of ferries and bridges.” Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/kerala/kochi-cochin/introduction.
“Spreading across islands and promontories between the Arabian Sea and the backwaters, KOCHI (long known as Cochin) is Kerala’s prime tourist destination. Its main sections – modern Ernakulam and the old peninsular districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin to the west – are linked by bridges and a complex system of ferries. Although some visitors opt to stay in the more convenient Ernakulam, the overwhelming majority base themselves in Fort Cochin, where the city’s complex history is reflected in an assortment of architectural styles. Spice markets, Chinese fishing nets, a synagogue, a Portuguese palace, India’s first European church and seventeenth-century Dutch homes can all be found within an easy walk.” Read more: http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/india/kerala/kochi-cochin/.
It will be a very intensive practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of max 5 participants means a high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in small groups 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.
Every day 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 workshop tuition fee is 900 EUR per person.
The participants of the workshop are responsible for all other costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport.
Maciej’s fee covers not only the tuition during the workshop, but also the time spent on the workshop preparation – an extensive pre-workshop email correspondence with the participants, advices on the the travel arrangements, photo and computer equipment, travel tips, research on shooting locations and accommodation selection. There are many hours being spent on preparing each of the workshops.
Wanna join? Any more questions?Just sent Maciej an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Kerala PhotosBelow are some of Maciej’s photos from his brief visit to Kerala in 2005.
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.
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