“This is the only part of the world that really grabs me, you have this fascinating link with the past.” – Steve Mc Curry
It’s where it all started. Not just for us, but for master photographers like Steve McCurry and Tino Soriano as well, and if there’s one thing that we all have in common, it’s that Nepal holds a very special place in our hearts.
From the moment you set foot in the chaos of Kathamndu’s airport, you will be grasped by a feeling you’ve never felt before: A mixture of curiosity, confusion, excitement, and hurry, hurry to start your photographic adventure.
During the course of this workshop participants will be working towards building a visual narrative that will culminate in a magazine. Concepts covered throughout the workshop include composition, micro composition, layering, use of light, colour theory, approaching subjects, developing a visual narrative, editing (selecting your images) and sequencing. In addition to this and thanks to our small group sizes, we always adapt to the specific needs of our participants.
Jorge Delgado-Ureña & Christelle Enquist
Renowned Spanish photographers, resident mentors and co-founders of The Raw Society, Jorge Delgado-Ureña and Christelle Enquist have taught dozens of photography workshops all over the world.
Jorge has over 15 years of experience in photography and an innate ability for teaching. He’s been published in several local and international magazines, including National Geographic, Ijsberg Magazine, La Vanguardia, Publico, Fisheye Magazine to name a few. His photographs have also been exhibited in El Colegio de Periodistas and Lomography Embassy in Barcelona, Lensculture Berlin 2017, The Independent Photographer Berlin 2018 and he is currently working on the publication of two books of his photography from Cuba and Morocco.
Jorge will help guide students on creating complex layered compositions, toning and processing your images, and telling a story through your photography.
Christelle’s work has been exhibited in Australia, USA, Belgium and Nepal and she is featured in the "Woman Street Photographers" book published by Penguin Random House in March 2021. An expert in colour theory, Christelle will help guide students on the power of color in photography, as well as teach them foundational skills like sequencing and editing your images.
From the 13 to the 22 October 2023
Kathmandu – Rural village – Kathmandu
Single occupancy: 3,700€/person*
Double occupancy: 3,450€/person*
Prices include mentor fees, accommodation, meals & local transportation. They do not include flights.
*Members: 10% discount on the above prices.
“The Raw Society runs some of the best photographic workshops around. They’re intimate, personalized, and great value for money. Jorge and Christelle are a pleasure to travel with and they make available to students experiences that most people never have a chance to see and feel. I’ve learned a ton from both of them.”
– Jim Ewel. Nepal 2022
INVEST IN AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL LAST YOU A LIFETIME
Please choose the type of room you would like and whether you want to pay the whole sum now and get it over and done with, or just pay the deposit to make sure you secure your spot.
NOTE: If you choose to pay the deposit, we kindly remind you that payment of the balance is due 60 days before our adventure begins.
Day 1: Introduction to Nepal
Transfer to the hotel and introduction to this exquisite country.
Day 2: The Streets of Kathmandu
Meandering through narrow streets of Kathmandu is how we begin our adventure. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a feel of the place, observe and start capturing this fascinating country and its people.
Day 3: UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today we visit Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal In this place of contrasts, where death is mourned and life is celebrated, we challenge you to try and capture the two opposing worlds.
Day 4: Life in a Buddhist Monastery
In the morning we head to the Karma Lekshey Ling monastery, a very special place in which the Rinpoche there is a personal friend of ours. Here we will have the chance to experience first-hand what life is like in a Buddhist monastery and share one of our theory sessions with several monks who are also amateur photographers!
Walking in circles can be frustrating, unless it is around one of the largest stupas in the world that is. Boudhanath not only amazes due to its size, but also because of the life that revolves around it. It is here where we will spend the afternoon, capturing the life of pilgrims and local devotees of a religion that stems from Hinduism, and yet in many ways is completely different.
Day 5: Another kingdom
In the late 1400’s under the Malla Dynasty, the Kathmandu Valley was split into 4 kingdoms: Bhaktapur, Kantipur (now Kathmandu), Banepa and Lalitpur. Lalitpur, also known as Patan boasts spectacular craftsmanship by skilled artisans and remains unparalleled in its display of Newari architecture. Here is where we will spend the day, getting a better understanding of the Newar culture, exploring hidden golden temples, perhaps the sighting of a living goddess and building your stories of this complex country.
Day 6-8: Authentic rural life
This is one of the cases in which the journey is just as important as the destination. Travelling in a private minivan, we’ll be leaving the Kathmandu Valley behind and enjoying some spectacular scenery as we make our way to a rural village.
During the next few days not only will we have the opportunity to document, but also experience the Nepalese authentic rural lifestyle. There will be plenty of time to improve and perfect your portrait and storytelling skills while we are here with the help of the friendly (yet sometimes shy) locals.
Day 8-10: Where it all comes together
Back in Kathmandu for the least few days, this will be the moment where your visual stories come together. Over the course of the week and with our guidance, you’ll have created an edit of your work and now comes the time to narrow it down, sequence it and create your very own magazine.
We reserve the right to improvise (always with the objective to improve your overall experience), and change the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control.
We reserve the right to cancel the workshop in the unlikely event that the minimum number of participants is not met.
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