New Photo Workshop

Do you want to develop your personal expression in photography? In the autumn coming up, I will teach a complete new workshop. It will take place in Bergen, Norway, over an extended weekend.

If you happen to be in Bergen in the last weekend of September or want to make the trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Norway around then, check out the workshop. I promised it will be both fun and educational.

This workshop will be all about visual language, story telling with photos and about the creative process. The focus will be on your personal expression. Over the extended weekend at the end of September, you will work with what may be called your signature as a photographer or your photographic voice. Of course developing this personal expression isn’t something you are done with in a couple of days. However, understanding your photographic tools, yourself and how you want to express yourself through the photographic medium, will help you on the way to finding your unique photographic voice. That is what this workshop is all about.

We will work out of my place in Bergen, so the workshop will be both intimate and personal. For that reason there is only space for a limited number of participants. We start up in the evening of Friday September 29th and finish off in the evening of Sunday October 1st. During daytime we will be out shooting, while the evenings will be for lectures, picture shows and picture critique.

Does this sound like something you want to attend? Check out information about the photo workshop in Bergen.

Workshop in Spain

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Do you want to come along with Otto von Münchow – one of the founders of Blue Hour Photo Workshops – to the picturesque town of Villajoyosa this spring? We are launching a complete new photo workshop in this lovely little town on the coast of Costa Blanca in Spain. This town is such a lovely, little pearl. After having spent some time there; we thought it would be a perfect place to teach a photo workshop. Alas, here it is. In May Blue Hour Photo Workshops will offer a five days workshop in Villajoyosa at the most pleasant time of the year – before it is too hot and while this coastal landscape is both lush and inviting. As always the focus will be on the creative process and how you can develop your personal style and photographic vision. Sounds interesting? You may find more information about the photo workshop «Street Photography in Villajoyosa» here.

During the one week the workshop takes place, there will be ample opportunities to shoot both in Villajoyosa and the magnificent landscape surrounding the fishing village if you rather prefer that. We live centrally, within 10 minutes walk from the old town and just as short of the lovely beach that follows the waterfront along the entire Villajoyosa.

«Street Photography in Villajoyousa» takes place from May 4th to May 10th 2014.

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New Workshop in France

In cooperation with Fotografværkstedet – The Photographers Workshop – Blue Hour Photo Workshop is proud to announce a complete new workshop in Lourdes, France. This is a one week photo workshop where the participants will be immersed into the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage. Annually more than 6 million Catholics from around the world pilgrim to the churches in Lourdes. This workshop has a focus on documentary photography. The participants are going to photograph, discuss, learn, eat and drink – be excited and inspired – in an intensive workshop. They will work with their own reportage project, and at the end of the workshop have built a strong portfolio – a body of work – consisting of a range of 5 to 15 edited photos. The workshop takes place from April 16th to April 21st.

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Che and I

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We have come to the finally presentation of work done by the participants of the Bolivian photo workshop in spring this year. Marianne Leth had a very different and personal approach to the project she was working on during the workshop. Since she was born on the same date as Che Guevara, the rebel who ended his days in Bolivia and whose footstep the workshop was following, she wanted to delve into that connection through her photographs. She was looking for traces of Che Guevara wherever we went. At first that wasn’t quite enough, until she got the idea of combining these black and white pictures with iPhone pictures of herself in various places in Bolivia. Marianne has a very distinctive eye and a strong and personal vision that radiates from her pictures. Through the combination of the two different photos and by adding quotes by Che Guevara she is able to transcend a poignant relationship between land and people, herself and Che Guevara and between idea and reality. To get the most out of her work displayed here, please click on each image to getter a bigger view.

If you want to see more of Marianne’s pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

The Concerned Photographer

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In the presentation of work by the participants of the Bolivia photo workshop earlier this year, we have come to the second to last. Hung Tien Vu is an experienced photograph with a very distinctive photographic vision. His approach is personal and compassionate. He looks for those small details that brings forward the story in an image and heightens the viewer’s experience. Always with an eye for the deeper meaning. In many ways he represents what Cornell Capa (brother of the famous Robert and the found of International Center of Photography in New York) once described as the concerned photographer.

The pictures shown here were taken by Hung during the Bolivian photo workshop, and if you want to see more of his pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

The Universal in the Ordinary

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During the Bolivian photo workshop this spring Jesper Voldgaard was one of the participants who showed an amazing development. He has an eye for those little details and situations that tells a bigger story than just what appears at first sight. Jesper is able to transcend the ordinary into something universal. The sadness and openness in a child’s eyes shows the sadness of all children in the world. Two humorous elderly represent all the good spirit of old people. Jesper has a humble approach to his subjects, you see in his pictures the respect he feels for people he encounters and captures. He is a humanitarian photographer in its rightful meaning.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to show more than a handful of Jesper’s pictures, but if you want to see more of his work from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

A Classical Photographer

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Rudy Hemmingsen is a photographer with a classical trained eye. In his photograph he likes to get close to people, capturing what could be said to be traditional portraits with a focus on showing people’s character in a straightforward manner. He doesn’t need to use artificial manipulation in the post-processing, but trusts his ability to observe and catch the spirit of his fellow human beings at the moment of capture. Rudy is drawn to life, to graceful composition, to light and colours. He uses all the characteristic features provided by the camera to capture the worlds as he sees it, for instance using a slow shutter speed as some of the examples here shows.

Rudy’s pictures were taken during the Bolivian photo workshop in Bolivia last spring, and if you want to see more of his pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

Patient Observations

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Ulrik Bang was another participant of the Bolivia workshop earlier this spring. The pictures he took during the workshop show a delicate understanding of composition, often capturing off-moments with an unusual point of view. He has a quiet and unobtrusive style, the observer and the patient bystander more than the intruding photographer. Ulrik sees the world with a compassionate vision and gentle approach. His palette is mostly built around muted and earthly colours.

If you want to see more of Ulrik’s pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

Life Unmasked

During the photo workshop in Bolivia this spring Johnny Wichmann, one of the participants, captured daily life in its beauty and easiness as it goes about. He captured moments of playfulness, of relationship, of seriousness, of interactions – all those small instants that make up people’s life. His work has a very distinct colour palette and a very honest way of showing how naturally he relates to his subject. For him the decisive moment is clearly an underlying driving force, although not focusing on the big moments, but the more subtle and more unobtrusive split seconds of human conduct.

If you want to see more of Johnny’s pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

Childhood Memories

Children are the same all over the world. They love to play, they are curious, they are eager to learn. That is until reality of the grown-up world catches up with them. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a rich country or in a poor country as for instance Bolivia. That spontaneity and playfulness belonging to the childhood, too often gets lost when growing up – taking different course then whether you have access to everything or to nothing. During the Bolivian Photo Workshop that Blue Hour Photo Workshops taught earlier this year Maj Caboni, one of the participants, captured that childhood spirit in a lovingly and close way. She soaked out children wherever we stayed, in Samaipata, Vallegrande or La Higuera, and returned with some strong black and white images. It was as much a personal tie for her as a story she wanted to tell through her pictures.

If you want to see more of Maj’s pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

Do you want to experience a photo workshop like the one in Bolivia? The workshop «Cuba in Essence» will take place later this autumn, from October 7th to 14th and still have space for more participants. MORE INFO