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Dates

May 6-26, 2019

Analog/Film Photo workshop

In 2019, we want to do something excitingly new, something close to our heart. We decided to launch 4 Analog Adventure Workshops.

Bring plenty of film and share 21 days among people who are equally passionate about analog photography, it’s about enjoying shooting film for our own reasons and sharing that passion with the rest of the group, learning more about film photography and returning home with amazing images.

Our Journey

Time evaporates on this diverse journey. We will make numerous few day stops to explore life in cities and little villages along the Trans Siberian Railway line from Vladivostok to Moscow. We have been asked many times, but no, we can not make this shorter, this is a once-in-a-lifetime-journey. This is especially true because the Russian Railway announced a renewal program to be ready in 2020, when the generations’ loved carriages with charming cabin attendants seem to disappear and make place for a new look with vending machines. We will take these last opportunities.

Our journey in a small group of adventure photographers or unique experience seekers alike will start in the Far East town of Vladivostok and take us through seven time zones with striking variety of ethnical cultures of a largely unknown territory of Russia till we reach its sparkling capital Moscow.

We want you to experience, explore, develop a feel for this unknown land and express yourself through your photography. That’s why our 21 days journey starts in Vladivostok, the town of squarely Soviet architecture and stern monuments yet developing into a ‘Far East capital’ of the hipster culture attracting young energetic seekers of a brighter future from nearby villages and settlements. It boasts its own Mariinsky ballet and opera theatre, elaborate and elegant restaurants with a mix between eastern- and traditional cuisine, exhibitions and museums, local music bands and clubs. We’ll witness the Victory Day Parade, when old and young come to commemorate their ancestors lost in the WWII, each holding a portrait of their grandfathers. Touching and impressive as it is, we’ll leave Vladivostok in the evening of the Victory parade to see another Russia, its villages, inhabitants and their lives.

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In the next place, we’ll stay overnight in a settlement where there are no hotels nor restaurants, have long walks and talks with the locals, some of whom we got to know over the years, visit their homes, this is the only evening that we shop and cook for ourselves, submerge…this settlement stood still in time and has given us so many beautiful images. Where is our journey going to bring us next?

We arrive to Buddhist areas in Ulan Ude on the eastern side of Lake Baikal where people will look different, speak different and feel different to what you thought you were getting used to and started to understand. Ulan Ude will be a stop from where we will make several day trips to areas we have explored extensively.

Then we’ll move on to the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, Lake Baikal, considered the deepest lake in the world. We’ve explored both cities on each side of this lake, Ulan Ude and Irkutsk extensively and know all the villages and settlements in between. This will be time to rest, absorb the breathtaking beauty of the nature, reflect on your travels, make day trips by car and meet new people, find out about their life and experience Baikal hospitality, plunge into new adventures. It’s an energising point for more unexpected to come.

After spending time at Lake Baikal will continue our journey to Irkutsk which was once called the Paris of Siberia, it was also a centre of learning, on account of exiled intelligentsia. 

Big towns with their splendour, small villages. The road will bring us to areas, where cultures and religions mixed and twisted, merged yet kept their identity, to places with astonishingly beautiful architecture and historical monuments, so different but harmonious. 

Our journey will then bring us to Yekatarinburg and Kazan in the Ural mountains where more adventure awaits us before heading to our final destination Moscow.

 Mamiya RZproII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Mamiya RZproII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

 Mamiya RZProII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak TX 400 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Mamiya RZProII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak TX 400 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

The workshop

We’re passionate about teaching the different aspects of photography.

This workshop is suitable as an introduction to shooting film for the dslr user as well as for the experienced film shooter.

We will explain how to become comfortable photographing strangers in unfamiliar environment. You will receive our E-book "For the right reasons”, a breakdown of different situations you may find and how to approach them.

We want you to understand the zone system for better B&W film results, mastering spot and incident metering for better negatives/files.

We discuss the different film stock we use and when we use them and have a presentation on how to deal with different available light situations.

Instead of editing digital images in the evenings we can stay in the moment of enjoying this wonderful country and its’ people.

Group Size

 Mamiya RZproII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Mamiya RZproII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Small group - Maximum 10 Guests / Participants

 

Experience | Difficulty


Open to all levels of Analog film photographers (non-photographers and adventure seekers are welcome)

Digital camera’s are also welcome), but we will not have our usual editing and review sessions.

Moderate schedule

Travel by communal taxi or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

 Contax 645 + 80mm F/2 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Contax 645 + 80mm F/2 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

What to bring?

Bring along your analog film cameras, 35mm, Medium format or Instant camera, plenty of film stock.

Digital camera’s are also welcome), but we will not have our usual editing and review sessions.

A list of recommended items to bring along will be send to the participants. We will also send you an optional reading list of great photographers, artists, movies, books etc..

Lecturer | Host

Harald Claessen  

Born in the Netherlands - Flying Dutchman (a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever). Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer who partly lives in Russia and Cyprus.

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Host

Nadia Cherkashina

Born in the USSR, Nadia is a super host in the sense that her passion is to understand and explore the social fabric of the country and her people. She loves to read contemporary history, watch Soviet movies, singing Soviet songs and reading Russian classics to her son. If anyone can open peoples’ hearts on this trip, it’s her. You may find her shedding a tear talking to a villager about how life treats them and on another occasion, expect her to be ‘gone’, only to find Nadia chatting, drinking “refreshments” and playing cards next train cabin with some soldiers on their way to their next mission…and expect her to insist that you join them)). Nadia embodies the search for the lost Soviet soul.

Weather | Sun

May - Temps Min. 5.5C/42F, Max. 17.1C/63F, Average 11.3C/52.3F | Sunrise 04:40 | Sunset 21:08 | Daylight 16:28 (Data for Yekatarinburg)

 

Includes

  • All Hotels / Accommodations

  • All Breakfasts (affordable lunches and dinners are not included)

  • All train tickets, cars and minibuses

  • Professional photographer | host | tuition

  • Translator and guest host

  • Small group size

  • Advice on visa arrangements for Russia

  • Ebook "For the Right Reasons" - Becoming comfortable photographing strangers

  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Portraits

 

Accommodations

Hotels, Guesthouse, Overnight trains

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Vladivostok (VKO) - Transfer time to hotel 30-45min

Departure Airport: Moscow (MOS) - Moscow has 3 airports.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Contact your local Russian Consulate to find out.

 

Price

Trans Siberian Railway

21 days  | Analog (Film) Photo Travel Adventure

Price USD Please Enquire,-

Seats are transferrable but not refundable.

Non-refundable deposit:  USD 1000,-

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 Nikon FM3a | Cinestill film 800T | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Nikon FM3a | Cinestill film 800T | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

 Contax 645 + 80mm F/2 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Contax 645 + 80mm F/2 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

 Mamiya RZProII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

Mamiya RZProII +110mm F/2.8 | Kodak Portra 160 | Dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

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