B U L G A R I A 2 0 1 9
19th - 24th SEPTEMBER 2019
STOP PRESS! I am VERY excited to announce that these workshops are now being run by me AND the Editor of ‘Black & White Photography’ Magazine, Elizabeth Roberts.
Elizabeth is a good friend of mine and a very experienced jounalist, editor and teacher. Her passion, knowledge and love for photography has, over the years I have been writing for the magazine been a constant source of inspiration, and she will be bringing a great deal to these workshops.
DEVELOPING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC VOICE
Here is what, between us we will be basing your stay here on:
Participants will be asked to bring some work (approximately 20 images) to show as examples of where they are photographically.
Through discussion with the tutors and the group each participant will be encouraged to develop the strongest aspects of their work and focus on their own individual style.
Practical photographic exercises and assignments will be followed up by looking at how rigorous editing can dramatically enhance a body of work and how it can enable the photographer to have a sense of their own voice in the images.
Througout the week we will be looking at the history of photography and participants will be encouraged to identify and analyse particular photographers of their choice, helping them to learn new ways of looking and seeing that will become apparent in their own work.
The aim of the workshop is that each participant should produce a set of coherent images that are of a publishable standard. They should also have the confidence and the inspiration to continue to work and develop their own photographic voice.
Based in the beautiful village of Mindya, in the foothills of the Balkans in Veliko Turnovo Province, central Bulgaria, these 5 night workshops are open to photographers of all levels who have a desire to take their photography on to the next stage and get out of their comfort zones.
Why Bulgaria? I hear you ask,,,
I’ll be honest with you. When we first bought the house here I couldn’t even point at it on a map, but it was affordable, I was in love and we wanted somewhere we could run away to and play ‘house’ with the kids.
I genuinely never expected that I would live here, let alone that I would fall in love with the place, it’s traditions, it’s history, it’s natural beauty, it’s food and it’s delicious, little known wines.
Yet, several years later, here I am. And yes, loving it…
So why should you join me here on one of my photographic workshops? Well, bearing in mind that one of my mantras is ‘You’ll never improve as a photographer by taking the same picture over and over again’, and my insistence that we all need to get out of our comfort zones and push ourselves, it really is the ideal place. The interior of the country, where I live near the beautiful city of Veliko Turnovo (the ancient capital) is a little known paradise in the heart of the Balkans. We will spend our time eating (and photographing) delicious home-cooked food, drinking some of the best wines you will have tasted, visiting local markets, wineyards, towns and villages. Seeing local monasteries full of 11th century frescoes. Shooting and learning at my lovely village home and benefiting from my 40 years experience as a professional photographer.
For 2019 accomodation will be in my village of Mindya. The newly refurbished guest house Terra House (www.terra-house.eu) five minutes walk from my house is where you will be based. It is in a traditional Bulgarian house with all bedrooms en-suite. All breakfasts and some evening meals will be here (and the food is great!). Lunches will be out on our travels. There will be a welcome meal at one of Veliko Turnovo’s best restaurants, and a farewell meal at my house in the village.
BOOKING, PRICES, TERMS & CONDITIONS etc
Please note: We have changed our billing currency and all prices for the workshops in are in Euros (€).
The workshop is FULLY INCLUSIVE apart from the costs of flights (to be arranged by yourselves but all travelling on the same EasyJet flight to and from Gatwick if possible. Should you wish to travel on another flight this can be accommodated, but at any extra transport required will be charged at a reasonable extra cost)
PRICE per person: All inclusive (apart from airfares) €1850.00
All accommodation/breakfasts/lunches (including wine)/welcome & farewell dinners, airport pick-ups, transport & tuition is included in the price.
Non-participating partners can be accommodated at a reasonable extra cost. Please ask.
To secure your booking we will require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the price in advance and the balance payable a minimum of 30 days before your arrival.
For any queries or further information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my mobile +359 888 401254
If for any unavoidable reason the workshop does not go ahead due to problems at our end, your deposit will be refunded in full, however any cancellations from the side of the client less than two months prior to the start of the workshop will be the responsibility of the participant and we STRONGLY reccommend that you take out travel insurance to cover this possibility.