APF Lathmaar Holi Master Class, 6th-8th Mar 2017
The challenge, the spontaneity, the joy of capturing that perfect moment when light, texture and all the elements coming together in that one frame.
Vineet Vohra, APF Co-founder, Official Leica Mentor
Rohit Vohra, APF Co-founder, Official Fuji X photographer
Join us as we head for a 3 day workshop in Vrindavan.
The Holi Master Class will be limited to an intimate class of max 8 passionate individuals who want to polish their skills and break out of their comfort zones. We’ll talk about street, documentary and travel photography. This workshop is designed to help improve your photography, enhance your style and find your vision by providing expert advice and knowledge specifically aimed at helping you achieve success in your work.
During this Intensive 3-day workshop, we will focus on the following topics:
Travel Photography and art of story telling
How to work towards a theme and focus on projects…
How to edit your images to enhance the final result…
Photography assignments to put theories to work while walking with the mentors on the streets of Barsana…
The mentors will work with students both in critique sessions and in the field, sharing their working knowledge and techniques.
During the course of this workshop, the mentors will discuss technique, composition, vision and intent and how to use the camera and lens in a creative way. They will discuss careers, talk about how to get published and how to work on a story.
6th Mar (Leave Delhi at 5:45 am): Arrival at Vrindavan. We head for Barsana, those familiar with Barsana can reach there directly and meet the Mentors there.
Full day Excursion to photograph the Lath Mar Holi in Barsana Village. This colorful celebration is the fight between friends of Krishna and Radha.
Men from Nandgaon village dress in their traditional clothes and adorn the role of Gopas (friends of Lord Krishna), while women from Barsana adorn the role of Gopis (friends of Radha). The men throw colors on women and the women fight back with batons. The aim of the men is to install a flag on the temple of Radha at Barsana and claim victory.
Both Men and Women prepare for Lath Mar holi much in advance and each year they employ new methods to outsmart each other.
We spend the day in Barsana, shooting the streets, head back in the evening for Vrindavan. An interactive session with review of images in the evening follows.
7th Mar (6:00 am) : We leave for Nandgaon, spend the day shooting the lanes of Nandgaon, this is a full day excursion to photograph Lath Mar Holi in Nandgaon. Holi in Nandgaon is the return visit for the Gopas of Barsana to play Holi with Gopis of Nandgaon. This time it’s the men from Barsana who carry a flag from their village to the Shriji Temple in Nandgaon and the women from Nandgaon try to stop them.
The occasion is marked by singing folk songs and is an experience to be treasured.
We head back to Vrindavan in the evening for a an extensive selection process from the images shot during the day. Mentors spend time with each participant one on one and cater to their specific needs and provide direction.
8th March : Morning half day shooting around the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. The term Bankey suggests “bent at three places” and Bihari refers to “the supreme enjoyer” Thus, Bankey bihari is the benefactor of bliss and pleasure. On Holi, Bankey Bihari is supposed to play holi and the whole town of Vrindavan gets submerged in colors.
We head back for a final presentation and review session with the mentors and each participant presents their work.
The top essay also gets a chance to be featured in the Magazine.
Workshop Charges : $500/ Rs 30,000
There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, have had some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. If you are unsure as to whether or not the workshop may be a good fit for, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation.
You will need to bring the following to the workshop: A digital camera (DSLR, Leica, Micro 4/3rds, Point & Shoot, etc). You can use a film camera, but you must get your film processed overnight and scanned to present on the last day of the workshop. You should bring your laptop with editing software to edit images. Also, please bring a notebook to take down notes during the workshop. If you have any questions or inquiries, please email us at email@example.com and we will do whatever we can to help!
REGISTER NOW! Likewise, if you would like to register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. After you register, we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options. To secure a spot in the workshop, you must send a deposit. Register soon, we anticipate spots will run out quickly for this workshop.
Charges are for workshop only, The participants are responsible for travel costs, visa, air tickets, train etc, accommodation and local transport. Staying in Vrindavan is fairly reasonable and starts from under Rs 1000 ($20) a night. If you want any assistance regarding your stay, you can mail Mehar at email@example.com
About the Mentors
Born in Delhi/India, Vineet did masters in fine arts from the prestigious college of arts. He is a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he follows like a discipline.
Vineet started shooting as a wild life photographer for two years and then switched on to street in 2001, it instantly became his passion.Vineet considers street photography a journey that he travels everyday. He believes in learning and unlearning and thrives to improve with each shot. Life in general which is so unexpected, he tries to be as honest through his lens as he can. His main focus is on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.
Currently Vineet presents workshops globally and has judged MSPF ( Miami street photography festival ), currently judging San Fransisco street photography festival and conducting a seminar and a workshop in SF. His works and stories have been published on various prestigious magazines all over the world including National Geographic. He is part of the famous collective www.streetcollective.com which comprises of only 8 members from the world and a part of APF collective which has 20 members.
In 2015 he was placed 5th in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
In 2016 has is placed 3rd in the top most influential street photographers.
His portfolio : http://www.vineetvohra.com/
He is a Leica Mentor
Other publishes :
Leica Blog : http://blog.leica-camera.com/2016/05/13/otherwise-quaint-town/
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.
He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers, He is a member of APF Collective. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.
Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
He is an Official Fuji X photographer.
In 2015 he was placed in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
Some of his interviews
An Interview with Eric Kim
Latest Articles (May-Aug 2016) for Huffington post
At Bored Panda
He is on the judging panel of some of the top Photography awards in the world. Including IPA, MIFA, Tokyo International Foto awards, Photogravphy Grant etc.
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