The corona pandemic isn’t something soon going away. It has affected us all in many different ways. And the outlook for the rest of the year isn’t exactly promising. Thus, Blue Hour Photo Workshops has decided to cancel our photo tour to Nicaragua, originally planed to take place in the end of October and beginning of November.
It’s with a sad heart we announce this cancellation. Up until last week we had hoped for a change to the better, but as the situation stands right now, with a second wave hitting many countries, the only responsible thing to do is to cancel this and another workshop we have planned this autumn.
There is no help crying over spilt milk, instead we need to look ahead. First of all, we will come back with new photo workshops and tours as soon as the corona slows down and makes the world a less unsafe place. Hopefully, already by next year we will see us fit to announce workshops and tours again, although that still remains to see.
In addition we will explore other options. Like one of the participants to the Nicaragua tour suggested after she was made aware of the cancellation: What about creating an online workshop where the participants will get a street photography project for a week, each one in his/ her city or town? Then during the week, the participant will meet on Zoom (or some other online platform) for feedback and professional guidance.
We like the idea and will play with the thought a little over the next weeks. However, it will still have to wait till later in the autumn. But maybe we can ask for some feedback at this point? Would such a workshop be of any interest?
As mentioned above, we have decided to cancel another workshop. It was suppose to take place in September in northern Norway. Technically we could probably have pulled it off, since at least Norwegians can travel freely, still (and they would be the majority of the participants). However, we think we should not encourage any activity that could potentially speed up the second wave of the corona outbreak.
We can stay be creative and keep developing ourselves as photographers—or as any other artist—but we need to stay safe and do our best to suppress the spread of the pandemic.