March 1 – 7, 2019
Single Rooms (unless a roommate is requested)
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The Destination Philosophy
The moment you step off the plane, you will realize that there is something afoot in Barranquilla.
There is an energy present that is about to be released for four days straight. The festivities mirror a great party, at the outset, you will experience the Batalla de Flores (The Battle of Flowers) where the top performance groups amaze the crowd with massive floats and beautiful costumes. On subsequent days there are folklore and fantasy parades. At night Orchestras compete for the coveted Congo de Oro award. Parties spill out onto the streets and revelers stay out long after the sun has come up.
Then it all comes to an end of Tuesday with the death of Joselito, a character symbolizing the joy of Carnaval.
The party being too much for him, he must retire to a year-long hangover only to be “resuscitated” the next year.
There is no way for someone to experience all that Carnaval has to offer.
This makes for an experience that can be completely your own. Our team of instructors is at the ready to experience Carnaval with you in whatever best fits your photographic needs.
If you would like to discuss Destination: Carnaval in more depth with our production team, our staff can be reached at email@example.com or +1 254 292 3344 (US) to speak to someone directly. We are happy to answer any of your questions about our collaboration with this exciting Leica Series.
Meet Your Instructors
Our Travel Itinerary
Welcome to Carnaval! During the first day of our week together, you will experience the incredible parades that draw millions of onlookers. First, comes the Batalla de Flores, the most important event of Carnaval. During this spectacular event, thousands will march alongside parade floats that are built over the course of a year. Your camera will jump to document the hundreds of colorful costumes, fire breathers, perfectly choreographed dance routines, and much more. Multitudes march down the main Carnaval parade route, competing for the coveted Golden Coco, the most prestigious prize of Carnaval. We recommend keeping an eye on the crowds, as it is not rare to see wedding proposals, celebrities, and improvised dance numbers.
Enjoy the Parades. The following days contain the Great Tradition Parade and the Great Fantasy Parade. During the Tradition Parade, revelers march in traditional costumes representative of Barranquilla’s rich history and culture. Everything about the parade is connected to traditions that have endured in Colombia since the arrival of the Spanish Empire. During the Fantasy Parade, Carnaval groups, adopt the more international image of Carnaval. Costumes pop, feathers are plentiful, and the choreography often reflects the most current dance trends. Altogether, the parades offer a stunning cross-section of visuals. During all of this, the city will be alive with nighttime events that draw massive crowds. By the rules stated in the Proclamation of Carnaval, it is illegal not to have fun!
An End to the Revelry. The final day of Carnaval marks the death of Joselito, a character that symbolizes the joy and spirit of Carnaval, resurrected every year he enjoys the festivities for four straight days before “dying” of sheer exhaustion. Effigies of Joselito will be carried around the city on stretchers while impromptu funerals are held throughout the neighborhoods. Marching through the city with Joselito, the now widowed Queen of Carnaval dons a funeral costume while mourning his death. He is then buried until next year’s resurrection for Carnaval.
Our Journey Ends with Ash Wednesday. The city comes to a quiet and reflective halt on Wednesday as the start of the Catholic season of Lent begins. While the parties from the night before are still ringing in your ears, you will be a special guest to document the beautiful ceremonial ritual of one of the religion’s most sacred seasons. Catholic churches and devotees will gather together in their finest to pray and prepare for the start of Easter. Join us as we end our adventure together with this beautiful tradition!
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Workshop Fees Include: hotel accommodations, Official Carnaval Photographer’s pass, in-country air and car travel (when applicable), daily breakfast, one-on-one private editing sessions with our instructors throughout the workshop, personalized portfolio reviews (optional), handouts and learning materials, daily slideshows and lectures, software and equipment supportive staff, a final night celebration dinner and slideshow.
Workshop Fees Do Not Include: international airfare, early arrival or late departure accommodations, visa fees (if applicable), travel and medivac insurance (required), medical or vaccination costs, meals not indicated on the itinerary such as lunch and dinner, items such as personal excursions, phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
Each workshop requires a minimum deposit to reserve your place in the workshop. To register and hold your place on the workshop, you must put down a $2000 deposit. After you have registered for a workshop, final payments will be due within 120 days of the start of the workshop. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email from us via our secure registration company, RegOnline.com.
As we near the start of the workshop, you will receive informational documents from our staff including a reading and research list, your final workshop itinerary, and travel guides. Our itineraries and dates are subject to change at any time as we find even better opportunities for outstanding photography. We will alert registrants of any changes in writing. We work very hard to insure you are prepared in every way for this learning adventure. Our staff stands ready to answer any of your questions and to help facilitate the smoothest travel experience possible. Please reach out to us with any questions via our Contact page.
We require all attending photographers to bring their own cameras, laptop and support gear like external hard drives. Our staff and instructors can offer gear recommendations and help you understand the nuances of your equipment.
We ask all photographers bring at least a digital SLR or rangefinder camera with 1-2 lenses. We encourage you to bring a lightweight tripod. Should you choose to participate in a multimedia project, you must come with a working knowledge of the required software programs and your equipment.
Please see our Resources section for a list of suggested gear and traveling tips.
If you are interested in one of the most unique documentary photography workshop experiences on the planet, this is the trip for you! This course is designed for people who are good natured, flexible, have a working knowledge of photography.
We will work with each photographer to improve their photography on your level. We will find the right theme for your vision and help you learn how to make even more beautiful imagery in this exciting country. We will provide support every step of the way, and we only ask you to bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn in return.
The educational journey will be amazing and eye opening but working overseas is not always easy. You will be photographing for long hours. Our team will give you daily photographic challenges and push you to new heights with your photography. We will encourage you to stretch and think creatively. It will be a wonderful experience and an adventure where we know you will learn more than you imagined possible in just two weeks!
You may encounter people or organizations challenging to photograph. You may have to photograph in dark rooms or outside at high noon. You may have stressful days and we want to help you be successful in this endeavor by helping to support you and give you insight on the best way to handle the situation as a professional. We are a team in your goals of making beautiful images!