Festivals of Bhutan Photo Worksh

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Prices from: £5,385.00
Duration: 13 days
Maximum group size: 12 people
First available departure: 19 Mar 2018
Last available departure: 19 Mar 2018
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Festivals of Bhutan Photo Worksh

Photographic highlights of Bhutan with the Gasa and Paro festivals

Punakh Dzong
Young monks
The view from the Dochu La. Colin Prior
 Join professional photographer Colin Prior on a journey through Bhutan, one of the world’s most vibrant and exclusive destinations. With its colourful festivals and whirling masked dancers, to iconic sights like the Tiger’s Nest Monastery,  Bhutan is the perfect destination for a photographic workshop. Whether you are an expert or aspiring photographer, Bhutan will not fail to inspire you.  Colin Prior. The well-known Scottish photographer, Colin Prior began his career in commercial photography, working on projects for clients in the travel, lifestyle, and leisure sectors. His reputation as a photographer was established in the 80’s, but he was living other people’s dreams and not his own. Then, concentrating almost exclusively on the panoramic format, Colin set out to photograph Scotland’s wild places in a new and visually exciting way. This work appeared in two books; Highland Wilderness (1993) and Scotland –The Wild Places (2001). During the mid 90’s, he was also commissioned by British Airways to photograph four corporate calendars – with briefs that took him around the world many times to photograph some of its remotest corners and many of its fantastic indigenous cultures. More recently, Colin has worked on a variety of documentaries including Mountain Man which was filmed in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains. He has also worked  with KE on several occasions. Colin continues to share his passion for mountains and wild places through a portfolio of photography workshops (including this one) where the emphasis is placed on the development of personal vision.  Colin says… Bhutan is a country which stimulates the senses in every way. My first trip there was in 1997 when I was on commission for British Airways and at a time when only 3500 tourists annually were allowed into the country. I was also fortunate to be one of the first foreigners to visit eastern Bhutan when it was first opened for tourism in 2006. Calling on the experience accumulated over five trips and in partnership with KE Adventure Travel, I have designed an itinerary which I feel will give you the opportunity to experience the landscape and culture of Bhutan. We will start out with an exploration of the little-visited Haa Valley in the west of the country, before journeying to the spectacular Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital. Then, I have chosen to include one of the more remote festivals (or ‘tsechus’) which takes place at Gasa Dzong in the heart of Jigme Dorje National Park. We will camp here for two nights and photograph the mountains, the people and the masked dances which are so vibrant and full of colour. We will then return to spend two days at the Paro Tsechu which is one of the highlights of the Bhutanese calendar. What’s so good about visiting festivals is not simply the dancers but the local people who are all dressed in their finery and enjoying the atmosphere of conviviality. Our final day will be spent visiting the Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery which sits high on a cliff-side in the upper Paro Valley. Bhutan’s landscape is Himalayan in character and features deep valleys covered in verdant green forests which are sporadically punctuated by the characteristic white, terracotta and saffron palette of the dzongs and monasteries. This theme of contrasts is one that seems to weave itself throughout the country and travelling through the landscape I am always surprised by the variety and diversify of the subject matter which confronts me. Whether it’s in the colour and texture of a roadside fruit shop, the harmony of a traditional farmhouse within its environment or the riot of colour witnessed at a festival, I am continually inspired each time I return to this country. So, what else can you expect on this Bhutan tour? Colin will lead the trip and will be available to provide guidance on both the craft and art of photography. Take an iPad or laptop and Colin will be happy to critique your images and give you feedback during informal tutorials held on several evenings at the overnight accommodation. BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Delhi, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.