2020 Workshops include:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Todos Santos, Baja Mexico
Terlingua, West Texas
Day of the Dead
Tuesday, October 29 – Sunday, November 3, 2019
$925 per person
Maximum 10 people
Why Guanajuato for Day of the Dead?
Unlike the more popular “hotspots” for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, in Guajanjuato the events have not yet been overrun with tourists. and the celebrations remain more authentic and less commercialized than many other locations. In Guanajuato you will have a genuine and enriching experience photographing this culturally rich holiday.
Events surrounding Day of the Dead in Guanajuato include:
• Locals visiting they cemetery and paying homage to their dead both day and night
• An elaborate katrina parade in central Guanajuato
• Construction of altars in both in commercial and private locations
• And much more
Abundant silver and gold deposits led to the settlement of Guanajuato in the 1500s. Located in central Mexico, the city is known for its silver mining history and colonial architecture. The town’s Baroque and neoclassical architecture reflect its history of prosperity, and its churches are said to be some of the most beautiful in Central and South America. Pink, green, ocher, and red buildings line the slopes of surrounding hills, and cobblestone streets connect museums, beautiful theaters and markets. A sudden turn will find you in long, dark, subterranean tunnels, formerly rivers. In 1988, Guanajuato was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The streets of Guanajuato follow the extreme irregularity of the terrain, with narrow alleyways, small plazas, and in some cases steep staircases up hillsides. Only a limited number of streets are passable to cars, making the city easily walkable, and often the only way to get around. It is easy to spend a day walking the narrow passageways, and discovering the small plazas they give way to. These narrow cobblestone streets give the city a more European flavor than other Mexican cities.
The narrow streets and alleys have given rise to a pastime called "callejoneadas". These are roving parties, traditionally held by the students of the University of Guanajuato with live musicians.
I went to Guanajuato for the first time 18 years ago. It was intended to be the first stop on a wider tour of Mexico, but I loved it so much I stayed put and spent the rest of my trip there. I have returned almost every year ever since. It is a welcome respite where I enjoy the warmth of friendly, proud locals, and the buzz that emanates from the town’s lively university atmosphere.
About the Workshop
The intent of this workshop is to help you find your own photographic voice. How do you make a photo your own? It’s more than composition—it’s as much about seeing as it is about shooting. We will move beyond taking snapshots and I’ll help you cultivate your own perspective, so your photos tell a story—they’ll have your mark.
One benefit of these workshops is that you get to see different approaches to the same subjects from your workshop mates. Examining the visual language and interpretation of other photographers can help you to define your own. You will come away with a body of original work that expresses your own narrative, different from the predictable, and unlike the next person’s.
The terrain, color, history, and depth of Guanajuato will inspire you. I will be there to work with you as much or little as you need, and you’ll have the camaraderie of your workshop mates every step of the way. Chances are good we’ll all be fairly bonded by the time the workshop is over.
What to Expect
The general format of every workshop is consistent. I will give suggestions on where to go for the specific events of the day. Each location will provide its own rewards and challenges.
We’ll shoot and edit every day. We’ll eat, drink, and see the sights. We’ll talk about the experience and I’ll review everyone’s work as a group, reflecting on the day and preparing for the next.
We have a home base with snacks and drinks provided throughout the day.
Who Should Attend
Hobbyists who have been shooting for a while, who understand the basic elements of photography
More experienced shooters who want to venture beyond their typical work
Regardless of the level of photographic skills, all participants are expected to have a working knowledge of a laptop computer, digital workflow, and image editing software (ideally Adobe Lightroom).
What You’ll Need
Lenses. I suggest 28 mm and/or 35 mm
Photo editing software, e.g. Lightroom
What’s Included Besides Instruction:
First night’s meal followed by a mezcal/tequila tasting on my
roof deck overlooking city, accompanied by the musicians playing for us
Breakfast every morning
Snacks and coffee/tea each day
Breakfast on the final day
What’s Not Included:
All other meals
Transportation to and from the airport
Want to know more?
I look forward in hearing from you!