A Portrait of the Coast - A Photography Retreat
Of all the many landscape genres that photographers enjoy and explore, being at the coast is probably one of the most appealing to many of us. There is often an overwhelming essence of freedom as you walk onto a beach and see the ocean meet the skies and witness the way the clouds modulate the light.
The experience of walking in the winds, hearing the sound of the waves crashing onto the shoreline and looking out toward the horizon, evokes emotions many other landscape surroundings cannot.
During this retreat we will be encouraging you to take your time and connect with your surroundings. We will not be sprinting from location to location, but spending long periods of time in individual coastal environments. Like our other retreats, as well as being out with our cameras, we will dedicate valuable time back our hotel engaging in conversation about how we ‘see’ the places we have visited and gain an understanding of how we can see though other eyes.
We want you to experience a sense of communion with the coast that we visit, all of which will convey subtle differences. Some will be vast open expanses of sand surrounded by tall marram grasses and dunes, whilst others will be rocky shorelines upon which cresting waves crash and retreat back to the open sea. We want you to breath in the energy of the coast and make a portfolio that is unique to you. Rather than images that are technically accurate with safe histograms and pin sharp focus, this retreat is about originality and authenticity.
All approaches to photography will be welcome and you will be encouraged to explore how you want to represent the beaches we visit in an entirely non-judgemental way.
We have specifically chosen the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Wester Ross on the North West coast of Scotland. We have been visiting Wester Ross for many years and it is quite a unique location. This is a coastline that offers a lifetime of photographic opportunities from the rocky wave-cut geological outcrops, to pristine open sandy beaches. The three main areas we will be exploring at the coast are the beautiful Loch Gairloch, Loch Ewe and Gruinard Bay, beyond all of which we can be seen the mountains of the Outer Hebrides.
Because of their location in Scotland, these coastlines are often desolate allowing you the time to soak up the environment and work in peace, always having Paul and Michael close by to offer their advice and help.
We will actively encourage you to be as creative as you choose and put away the desire to get trophy images destined for social media. There will be lectures from your leaders Paul Gallagher and Michael Pilkington, and as always, they will be on hand to talk over your ideas, approach and any image editing help you may need. Whatever your level of experience, they will be there to encourage and inspire you on this retreat to one of the most calming places on the Scottish mainland.
Each photographer will return home with a portfolio of three A2 prints made on a paper of their choice and presented in a fine art portfolio box. You will also have free access to our online course‘Making The Print’ so you can continue your journey after the workshop.
2 Leaders and a maximum of 6 Clients
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The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the workshop, accommodation (on a full board basis). No single occupancy supplement. Travel during the workshop. Free transportation can be arranged from Preston, Lancashire, the day before if required. A portfolio of three of your images printed to A2 and a fine art portfolio box. Free access to the online course 'Making the Print'.
Travel to and from Gairloch, Scotland (except by pre-arranged travel from Preston) and personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.