Capturing India: A Travel Photography Holiday & Workshop with David Bathgate
(11 nights – dates TBC)
As culturally diverse as the subcontinent is large, India’s northern realms offer stunning photographic opportunities for beginners and seasoned shooters alike. Join us in this very special photography exploration of the varied cultures, landscapes and cityscapes which together make this unspoiled northern part of India so unique.
Beginning at the city of Amritsar, the spiritual heartland of the Sikh world, we’ll explore with the camera the grandeur of the Golden Temple by day and by night and visit the Bhaga border ceremony.
Then it’s on to McLeod Ganj, a pleasant half-day’s scenic drive into Kangra District of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. There will be undoubtedly many stops on the way – chances to capture panoramic glimpses of the majestic Dhauladhar Range, foothills to the Greater Indian Himalayas, beyond.
Reaching “Little Tibet”, as McLeod Ganj is often referred to, we’ll base ourselves amid red-robed Buddhist monks, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and within walking distance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s private residence itself. Kind and gentle, Tibetans are some of the most congenial subjects to photograph. A blend of Buddhist and Hindu – ancient and modern – McLeod Ganj will provide a wealth of dynamic themes and subjects to photograph.
Colour is intensified in clear mountain air and we’ll be right there to bring it to photographic life with a short and leisurely journey from McLeod Ganj, up hillside paths to Dharamkot and Naddi Village. Gaddi is the ethnic group in this area, a people who traditionally moved semi-nomadically, crossing high passes in spring and autumn with their herds of sheep and goats. These days, most Gaddi families are permanent residents of the area and add interestingly to portraiture that can be gained here with just a greeting and a smile.
Amid the natural beauty of Basunti, our lenses will focus on wildlife, landscapes and the agrarian-paced lifestyle of villagers in the area. Basunti is situated in a midst a wild-life sanctuary, surrounded by exquisite views of the vast waters of the Maharana Pratap Sagar and the Himalaya lower range beyond. Here we will have plenty of time to explore by foot, photograph, engage in evening critiques and edit our work. While at Basunti, water levels permitting, we will visit the magical Bathu Temples, which are submerged in the lake for most months of the year. If water levels are too high to enable a visit, another day trip will be offered as part of the workshop.
Designed for beginners and experienced photographers alike, this 10-day on-location workshop will focus on all of this, while building your skills as a travel photographer. Under the guidance and positive support of your instructor, you’ll photograph on a daily basis, enjoy lively informational and inspiring critiques each evening and by workshop’s end, you’ll have a strong and stunning collection of work that any travel photographer would be proud to put his or her name to.
Note: the number of places will be limited and the group will be kept small so as to enable personal attention.