How do we develop a personal vision? With the advent of digital photography, everyone has become a "photographer" yet there are few who really see and create images that are compelling and dynamic. In this course, we will work with each participant to help them develop his or her unique vision; the workshop and journey through Myanmar will culminate in a collection of images that will be visual gifts to us all.
September 2018 or Custom
Maximum Group Size: 12 persons
Single Supplement: US$1,240
There are two separate but interrelated processes in photography: the first is being both conscious of what we choose to include in our viewfinder and of course, what we choose to exclude. We will learn to see the subtleties of light and consider aspects of composition and gestures into making compelling images that express our unique points of view. Secondly, once we have captured an image that speaks to us, what enhancements can we make using the tools of digital photography to either augment or transform the image so it coincides with the intention we had when we chose to click the shutter?
The destinations in Myanmar for this trip have been chosen to provide maximum visual possibilities.
In the pre-introductory meeting, we will review each participant's work, give feedback, and optionally, have each person write a short paragraph or two on what they like about photography, what is their purpose in making images and what are the themes that they want to express in their work. In the meeting after our trip to Burma we will review the images created. Each participant will be asked to pick between 6-10 of their favorite images to be discussed in a friendly critique (for participants not in the SF Bay Area, this work will be done over the Web).
The varied and unique landscapes of Inle Lake and Bagan will be balanced by our authentic people-to-people encounters during this twelve-day exploration of Myanmar. Here are among of the gentlest people in the world and we'll attempt to capture their warm endearing spirit and deep Buddhist beliefs, including spending time with novice to graduate-level monks. We will also visit two projects in the country whose work are focused on women's issues and empowerment.
Maximum group size on this trip is eight persons for a more intimate experience and that Mark may provide significant level of attention to each photographer. Accommodations are at the country's finest luxury hotels, including the Orient Express Governor's Residence in Yangon.
Mark Tuschman is a professional documentary photographer most recently focusing on issues surrounding women and girls in Africa, India and Latin America, including women's rights, both in reproductive health care, microfinance and girl's education, in such diverse locales as Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. Mark was recently awarded Global Health Council Photographer of the Year for 2009-2010.
In the last two years Mark has visited rural India as part of a long term project to document women's and young girls' lack of autonomy over their own lives. An exhibition of this project, India: Child Brides, Dowry Abuse and Girls' Education, took place at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco and was co-sponsored by Educate Girls. Please view images from this project in Mark's India Web Gallery and interview on YouTube.
Mark Tuschman's blog and photos can be found here: http://tuschman.wordpress.com/
Mark also loves doing landscape photography, with work featured in a rangefinder publication: http://www.tuschmanphoto.com/pdf/MTP_rangefinder.pdf
For a full range of Mark Tuschman's work, please visit: www.tuschmanphoto.com
Our last photography series tour of Vietnam & Angkor concentrated on places providing exceptional photography opportunities, including the stoic capital, Hanoi, two days on Halong Bay, colorful hilltribes and the high-mountain vistas in North Vietnam around Sapa, and the emerald-green rice paddies and unique river culture of the Mekong Delta.
In Cambodia, the now bustling capital city of Phnom Penh was visited, and the tour culminated in shooting at what was the center of a great civilization, the grand temples of Angkor.
View some of the the images taken by participants on the trip here: Vietnam & Angkor Images Gallery.
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