Travel and Street Photography Workshops in Bangladesh in February 2013


 
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There were two consecutive workshops organised and lead by Maciej in Bangladesh in January/February 2013. The first one was 18 days long and the second was shorter and last 11 days.

How did they go? Have a look the the reports by Maciej below.

The First Workshop

Dates: 22 Jan – 8 Feb 2013 (18 days) .
Itinerary: Dhaka – Chittagong – Rangamati – Bandarban – Cox’s Bazar – Dhaka.
Participants and their photos: Kristian Leven.

Click here to see Kristian Leven’s photos from the workshop and read about his experiences from Bangladesh.

Read the interview with Kristian Leven about this Bangladesh photography adventure in Photography Monthly magazine.

Kristain LEven talks about the Bangladesh adventure in the article for Erc Kim blog: 5 Ways to Improve Your Creativity in Street Photography

Photographer Kristian Leven takes a picture of young boys in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Kristian Leven takes a picture of young boys on a roof of a mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Maciej Dakowicz shoots in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Me taking photos of a small shop in the Old City of Dhaka, Bangladesh. A foreign person with a camera attracts quite a lot of attention in Bangladesh. Street photography has often be done quickly before the photographer is noticed, or… very slowly, waiting until people stop staring at the camera. Photo by Kristian.

Street photography workshop student takes photos while posing to a photo with Bangladeshi tourists on the beach in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

Kristian takes photos while posing to a photo with Bangladeshi tourists on the beach in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar is the prime tourist destination for Bangladeshi famous for its world’s longest natural beach. The beach gets very crowded in the afternoons as everybody comes to see the sunset. A Western looking person attracts a lot of attention and there are many requests for a photo together.

Maciej photographs a group of people in Old Dhaka.

Me photographing a group of people standing at the top of the steps leading the a small ferry jetty. People in Bangladesh are very camera friendly and spontaneously gather in front of a photographer to be in a picture. You start taking a picture of one person and then suddenly another person appears in the frame. And another. Most of the time the expressions are serious and there is no fooling around. Photo by Kristian.

Travel photography workshop student teaching children in Islamic school in Bangladesh.

Kristian teaches geography at an Islamic school in Bandarban, Bangladesh. Soon after that in another classroom he took a photo that ended up as a double page spread in National Geographic Traveller in the UK.
How did we end up in that school? We just walked in. We went to speak to the school principal, drank some tea, eat biscuits and asked if we could take some pictures in the school. He agreed. He also gave each of us an apple. Then we just walked from one classroom to another, talking with teachers and kids and taking pictures.

Kristian playing football on the river beach in Bandarban.

Kristian plays football with local kids on the river beach in Bandarban. During the workshop sometimes there is time for a moment of relax. Sometimes it is best to put the camera away and do something else, give a break to your brain and take your thoughts away from photography. Here, while Kristian was relaxing I was still taking photographs… Seems like I never stop.

Maciej Dakowicz photographs a man at work in the ship breaking ground in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Here I photograph a man at work in the ship breaking yard in central Dhaka near Buriganga river. It is possible to wander freely around this interesting place where huge ships are broken into pieces using simple methods. Photo by Kristian.

 

The Second Workshop

Dates: 9 – 19 Feb 2013 (11 days).
Itinerary: Dhaka – Rajshahi – Puthia – Dhaka.
Participants and their photos: Gareth Fitzpatrick, Adam Constantine and Thomas Constantine.

Thomas, Adam, Maciej and Gareth waiting for kebab rolls in a small restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Thomas, Adam, Gareth and me waiting for kebab rolls in a small restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Adam Constantine shoots on the street in Motijheel, central Dhaka.

Adam Constantine takes a portrait of a street vendor in Motijheel, central Dhaka. People usually do not mind being photographed and willingly pose for the camera. However, a crowd quickly gathers around.

Gareth Fitzpatrick photographs a man in Rajshahi.

Gareth Fitzpatrick takes a photograph of a man in Rajshahi.

Adam Constantine shoots on the street in Motijheel, central Dhaka.

Adam Constantine takes a portrait of a man in central Dhaka.

Street photography student takes a portrait of an old man on Hindu street in Old Dhaka.

Adam shoots a portrait of an old man on the colourful Hindu street in Old Dhaka. Again, you can see that people in Bangladesh are very camera friendly and willing to be photographed. There are many requests for a photo when walking with a camera in hand.

Maciej in a rickshaw at night in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Gareth and me on our late night rickshaw ride from the Shahbag intersection in Dhaka we were shooting the ongoing protests. Photo by Tom.

Maciej’s photos from both workshops (each taken while shooting with one of the workshop participant):

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A street photo from Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
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Chittagong, Bangladesh
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So that’s how it was. Great memories.

More Maciej’s photos from the trip: “Bangladesh Jan/Feb 2013 Photo Adventures” set on flickr.

 
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