Songkran festival is one of the best times to visit Thailand. Songkran is also known as the traditional Thai New Year. One of the Thailand’s biggest and grandest festivals. The most common sight during Songkran is the ultimate water flights which take place on the streets. It’s also the time when parties dominate the street scene.
Water as Symbolism Contradictory to what you may witness throughout Songkran, fun-loving Thais don’t just throw water at each other for no good reason (besides having a kick out of seeing other people soaking wet). The real meaning behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start. Traditionally, Thais would politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbours. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all town residents and tourists alike. “credit Bangkok.com”
Come Join Us
Leica Akademie India is organising a 4 day intensive masterclass during this festival which is tailor made to cater to the needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos on the streets of Bangkok. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. Our 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.
During this masterclass, mentors will take the students out on the streets and pass on their tips and knowledge on capturing compelling images on the street. This masterclass includes classroom and shooting sessions. Detail lectures, critiques and selection process will be part of everyday session. We will also 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, will present a video documentary of how their images are made as they shoot and how they fine tune their vision.
During this intensive 4-day workshop Emily Garthwaite and Rohit Vohra will focus on the following topics:
– Street Photography
– How to approach subjects on the busy streets and still stay candid
– How to start working on a story
– Composition – from simple to multi-layered
– Developing your style
The mentors will accompany participants while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques.
This masterclass is limited to a maximum of 12 participants,
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.
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.
– A laptop with software to edit/tone your images
– A notebook to take down notes during the workshop
Tuition for the workshop Early Bird $550 (valid till Feb 10th) $600 after Feb 10th
Charges are for the workshop only. The participants are responsible for travel, visa, accommodation and local transport costs. A full workshop and stay package is also available for $1275. It includes 3 nights stay(Individual room), includes breakfast, local daily transport. If you want any assistance regarding your accommodation in Bangkok, you can email at email@example.com
To sign up for the workshop please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
After registering we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options. To secure a spot in the workshop you must send the full deposit.
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. He is a Leica Leica Academie Mentor. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.
He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.
Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
Emily Garthwaite is an award-winning photojournalist and international speaker focusing on humanitarian and environmental issues. Emily has a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Westminster, 2016.
She has worked across India, South East Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Emily has also had exhibitions in USA, UK, Italy, Iran, Greece, France and Canada.
Her image of an Asian elephant was selected as a Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2015, in the Photojournalism category. In 2018, Emily’s image of a sun bear was awarded as a Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2018, in the Photojournalism category.
In 2017, Emily was the subject of a feature-length documentary titled The 40th Day covering Arba’een, the world’s largest annual pilgrimage in Iraq. In 2018, she developed the photo series by walking over 100km through Southern Iraq during the Arba’een Pilgrimage. The photographic series, supported by Ayatollah Sistani, will continue in 2019.
Venue : TBA
11th Apr 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
12th Apr : 10 am – 5:30 pm
13th Apr : 9:00 am – 5:30 pm