Travel and Street Photography Workshops in Mumbai and North India in November 2012


 
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There were two workshops in India organised and lead by Maciej between the 1st of November and the 7th of December 2013. The first one was 18 days long, the second 19.
 

The First Workshop

Dates: 1 – 18 Nov 2012 (18 days).
Itinerary: Mumbai – Varanasi – Delhi and Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Sonepur – Kolkata.
Participants and their photos: Peter Hjortso, Nicolas Portnoi, Alexander Magedler and Anna Bukhari.

Photo tour participants on one of the first days of the Mumbai photo adventure.

One of the first days of the Mumbai photo adventure and one of rare group photos.

Workshop participant Nicolas photographs in a small gym in Mumbai.

Nicolas photographs in a small gym in Mumbai.

Travel and street photography participant Anna takes photographs on the bank on Ganges in Varanasi, India.

Anna takes photographs on the bank on Ganges in Varanasi, India.

Travel and street photography participant Alex takes photographs in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, India.

Alex takes a photograph of a young boy in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, India.

Workhop attendees Peter and Anna take a rest during shooting in one of the lanes of Old City of Varanasi.

Peter and Anna take a rest in one of the lanes of Old City of Varanasi. Maciej was out shooting with Nicolas and stumbled upon them by chance while looking for decisive moments in the alleyways. Alex was shooting at that time on his own. Every half day Maciej was shooting with another person, while the others were shooting together or separately.

Street photo tour Peter with his camera in hand meets a Hindu priest in one the temples of Varanasi.

Peter with his camera in hand meets a Hindu priest in one the temples of Varanasi.

Photo tour participant Nicolas gets a haircut in a barber shop in Mumbai.

Nicolas gets a haircut in a barber shop in Mumbai. Photo by Anna.

Peter gets a massage after shaving in a small barber shop in Varanasi.

Peter could not resist a proper Indian shave in a small barber shop in Varanasi. Photo by Anna.

Maciej takes a portrait of two men in Mumbai.

Maciej photographs two men in one of the alleys of old Mumbai. Social skills are very important when photographing people on the street – to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera, direct them if needed to pose the way we wish and finally photograph them. During the workshop Maciej pays a lot of attention to getting and practising these skills. Photo by Anna.

Street photography workshop student photographs a sleeping taxi driver in Mumbai, India.

Anna photographs a sleeping taxi driver in Mumbai, India. Photo by Nicolas.

Maciej doeas complex street photography in Old Delhi, India.

Maciej works on a complex multi-layered street photograph using the hand holding the street sign and people in the background in Old Delhi. Getting a complex shot requires quite a lot of patience often. A bit of luck is an important factor as well. Photo by Nicolas.

Maciej directs a group of men on the beach in Mumbai to photograph them.

Maciej directs a group of Indian men relaxing on the beach in Mumbai to photograph them. Photo by Nicolas.

A portrait of a group of Indian men relaxing on the beach in Mumbai, India taken by travel street photographer Maciej Dakowicz.

and this is the resulting picture Maciej took of that group of Indian men. No cheesy smiles for the camera, natural expressions on all faces.

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Nicolas strikes a very French pose on the bank of Ganges river in Varanasi. We were staring our days very early there, getting up before the sunrise to catch that beautiful morning light. The days were very long, but also very rewarding photographically. Everybody shot wonderful images there.

Photography tour group in the streets of Mumbai. Photo by Peter.

A moment of confusion in the streets of Mumbai. Photo by Peter.

The Second Workshop

Dates: 19 November – 7 December 2012 (19 days).
Itinerary: Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Sonepur – Kolkata.
Participants and their photos: Michael Wach.

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Mike poses to a photo in front of Taj Mahal in Agra. One of the first days of the workshop. A lovely sunny day. Apart from us there were thousands of Indian visitors and plenty of foreign tourists visiting this magnificent monument.

Travel and street photography workshop participant photographs activities on the bank of Gandak river during Sonepur Mela in Bihar state, India.

Mike photographs a family drying clothes on the bank of Gandak river during Sonepur Mela in Bihar state, India.

Maciej Dakowicz takes photographs of an older lady in the Old City of Varanasi, India.

Maciej photographs an older lady in the Old City of Varanasi, India. Photo by Mike.

Mike shares photos with Indian pilgrims on the bank of Gandak river at Sonepur Mela. The pilgrims are very curious about foreign tourists with cameras (us), do not being photographed and are very eager to see the photos on the LCD screens of the cameras.

Photography adventure tutor Maciej photographs a pilgrim drying his clothes at Sonepur Mela.

Maciej photographs a pilgrim drying his clothes at Sonepur Mela. Photo by Mike.

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Mike photographs at the meat market located inside the New Market in Kolkata. There is a lot of animals, meat and blood. Being and shooting there is quite an experience.

Maciej Dakowicz photographs men in a queue to a theatre staging dance shows at Sonepur Mela, India.

Maciej photographs men in a queue to a theatre staging dance shows at Sonepur Mela, India. Photo by Mike.

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Mike uses a taxi in Kolkata as an element of a geometrical composition completed by the green doors and windows of a yellow house. During the tip there were many opportunities to practise and improve photo composition skills.

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

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A well of death performance at Sonepur Mela.
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Indian men queue up for a dancing girls show at the Sonepur Mela
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Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India.
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A young man in trance performs religious rituals in Gandak River
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An elephant diplayed at Sonepur Mela.
Morning exercising on the bank of Ganges river in Varanasi, Indi
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More Maciej’s photos from the trip: “India Nov/Dec 2012 Photo Adventures” set on flickr.

Please also take a look at Maciej’s selection of workshop participant photos on facebook.

So, did you like the report? Would you like to join one of Maciej’s upcoming trips? There are some planned: http://www.maciejdakowicz.com/photography-workshops#upcoming-workshops. Click here to email Maciej to enquiry or sign up one of his workshops.

 
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