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Picturing Camagüey and the Countryside: Creativity and Travel Photography

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8 Days
Availability : February 13 - 20, 2019
Cuba
Date:

February 13 – 20, 2019

Category:

Documentary, Travel

Package Price:

$5,495

Location:

Cuba

Cuba is one of the most enchanting and captivating countries in the world, a pulsating and multifaceted blend of history, music, dance, gracious people and vibrant island culture. Join photographer Nevada Wier on this unique opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and to discover the allure that is Cuba through your lens.

This people-to-people cultural exchange offers the perfect tandem: the sophisticated, urban life of colonial Camagüey, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the verdant, rural countryside, frozen in time, just beyond the city limits. We explore the eclectic and narrow, winding streets of Camagüey, primarily in the large and well-preserved historical center of the city. From Camagüey, the social and cultural core of the province, we experience the slower lifestyle of nearby farming villages and seaside towns which transport you back in time, to a world that seems unchanged for the past fifty years.

The people of Cuba are the country’s treasure and its most dynamic force. They are friendly and generous of spirit, resourceful, resilient, and incredibly open to sharing their personal lives and their country with visitors. With our eyes and hearts open, we travel off the beaten tourist trail to better understand this intriguing and complicated country through direct exchanges with the Cuban people.

To offer you unparalleled access to the inhabitants and culture of Camagüey, two English-speaking, Cuban photographers serve as your local guides and translators for this educational program. In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director, Nelson Ramírez, our unique program allows U.S. participants a unique experience in Cuba through the photographer’s eye.

Our 8-day, U.S. government-approved educational program offers a cultural exchange with the Cuban people as well as a rich photographic educational experience. Photographing on the move in a foreign country requires the combination of technical expertise, culture competence, intuitive awareness, curiosity and a dash of panache. This program tackles the challenges of photographing with creative intent while on the move with a digital camera. Nevada discusses how to combine technical, practical, and creative aspects of travel photography in order to get an image that elevates itself above the usual travel clichés. One-on-one review sessions with Nevada and two group image reviews during the week that are shared with local Cuban photographers offer feedback on images made and advice given for improving your photography.

With your camera as your entrée into people’s lives, this inspiring week with Nevada expands your photographic life as well as your understanding of the inhabitants of this beguiling island and opens the door to their quickly changing world.

True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, Colonial Cuba and the Countryside focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

This program is open to photographers at all levels who are passionate about travel and improving their image making.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

This program is open to photographers who are technically self-sufficient, as this is not a program to learn how to use your gear or editing software. Participants should be in good health as this is an active workshop. Days in the field can be long and participants should be prepared to be on their feet walking (approximately three or four hours at a time) while photographing.

SPECIAL NOTES:

Participants make their own air travel arrangements to Camagüey. Once the trip is confirmed, travel details, suggestions, and tips to help participants travel to Cuba are provided. Enrollment is limited to 14 to 16 participants.

PACKAGE PRICE INFO:

$5,495, includes double accommodations for seven nights (ideal for couples and friends traveling together; single supplement for solo travelers is an additional $895); full breakfast daily, five group lunches and two group dinners. Airfare from your home city to Cuba is not included, as well as airport transfers, and required Cuban health insurance and Cuban visa.

About The Instructors

Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. She is recognized for her creative and intimate approach to people. She has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: National Geographic, Geo, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. National Geographic Images and Getty represent her stock photography.

Her fine-art prints are featured in numerous and public and private collections. Nevada is a well-known keynote speaker, workshop and seminar instructor. Photo District News named Nevada one of America’s best photography workshop teachers (2010). She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society. This is her 24th year teaching with the Workshops.

Instagram: @nevadawier; Website: www.nevadawier.com/