As a base we take over an old tower lodge set in its own grounds, this gives us a degree of professional privacy. There is a daily yoga studio nearby and massage facilities for those wishing to partake on site with breakfast and dinner served in the sandy gardens that are raked immaculately each morning and evening. The call to prayer echoes over the thatched roofs of this magical place. Being the oldest continuous trading port between India and Africa, the Indian influences are evident everywhere in the architecture, furniture, brightly coloured clothing and cuisine. Work with the friendly Maasai, paint or photograph the dhows traversing the narrows between Lamu and Manda Islands, and explore all that this rich environment has to offer, in the warmth of the equatorial sun.
There are no vehicles on the island of Lamu, only donkeys that wander through the shaded streets carrying local supplies. Being on the equator means a warm temperature night and day, as a result you are immersed in the scents and sounds of the local community and become aware of a connection to others that is very different from the way we live in our conventional urban lifestyles.
Afternoon arrival - Welcome and meet other guests.
Look at we are and talk about the plan for our time here. Informal drinks and supper and general chat and understanding of the photographic ability levels.
Hotel location talk and presentation - An extensive look into the art of photography. How to see and not just look, understanding the purpose of lenses and when to change them, using the F stop properly as well as observing natural light.
Practicing in the local area - Working around the sculpture park to practice f stop, lens use, composition, filtration and exposure techniques. We will visit the wonderful brasserie du Chateau and one the local towns to take more photographs of the ‘street’ variety.
Working with people in the landscape around the hotel’s gardens, parks and buildings to create ambience and photo story telling. Enlarged projection critique of guest's work and subsequent submission for printing and framing.
Driving locally or staying locally for general photographic opportunities and discussion with the tutors. Question and answer sessions and tips on improving equipment. Check out and departure by midday.
- Lunch at the wonderful Brasserie du Chateau.
- Low light sessions over drinks and group dinner.
- Visit the local villages during market day.
50% deposit is required to secure a place.
The remainder is payable three weeks before it begins.
50% deposit is required to secure a place. The remainder is payable three weeks before it begins.
Please fill in the form with your details to begin reserving your place.