Kumbh, In Search of Salvation

8th-11th February 2019


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“Kumbh” in its literal English translation means “Pot”, which emerged from “Samudra Manthan”(Churning of the Ocean) between Gods and Devils. The term ‘Mela‘ signifies’Fair‘.

An auspicious gathering, Kumbh Mela is one of the most famous fairs where devotees from across the globe come to attain spiritual clarity and wash off sins in the ritual bathing at the Triveni Sangam, Allahabad. And amid the blissful sights of miracles performed by Sadhus adorned in saffron, you can come attain salvation from the bathing dates given below, this 2019 Kumbh Mela at Allahabad.

A large number of people arrive here annually and stay in makeshift houses or tents at the Sangam, spending the entire month in prayers.

Leica Akademie India is organising a 4 day intensive workshop which is tailor made to cater to needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos of this years Kumbh Mela held in Allahabad. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. This workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

Each day will include shooting and theoretical session on all you need to know about street and travel photography, dos and don’ts, ways to overcome the fear of getting close, detailed look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light. Vineet and Rohit Vohra will also share shot videos of how photographs are made.

A make shift classroom will help the participants share and select their top images for review and critiques.
Mentors will talk about the art of story telling. How to write stories and photo essays, followed by a lecture on importance of shooting personal projects and how it benefits in a long run.
If you want any assistance regarding your stay, you can mail at contact@leica-akademie.in

This workshop is limited to 12 participants only.

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Participants will have to walk a lot during the days as the Mela ground doesn’t allow vehicle entires. We will get dropped at the closest point of the Mela and from there we will walk towards the festivities. 

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:
– A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work. Please feel free bring your own cameras, Leica or not. Leica Cameras can be provided if you would like to try one out.

– A laptop with software to edit/tone your images
– A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

Includes : Workshop Charges, Hotel Stay(3 nights) on Twin sharing basis, Daily Breakfast, includes airport transfer and Local Transport in Allahabad. The whole package also includes daily transfers to Mela grounds drop off site. Price doesn’t include flight tickets, visa etc charges.

– Return international air ticket
– Any private expenses
– Room service fees
– Porter services
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Lunch/ Dinner/ Beverages
– Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)

Workshop Charges : Rs 40,500, incase you want to do your own hotel bookings and local travel etc, you can pay for the workshop only. To avail workshop only, please send us a mail at contact@leica-akademie.in

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