EXPLORE GREENLAND (ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!) Register
Photographing Greenland has been on my bucket list for many years and it finally came to fruition in the summer of 2018 when I spent 2 weeks shooting Greenland by boat. Needless to say I was blown away by the sheer beauty and remoteness of the area and came back with some amazing images. I decided there and then that it was the perfect place to host a 7 day workshop.
After quite a bit of research, I found the perfect boat for the workshop, a 65 ft Dutch built, Icelandic based wooden schooner. The captain has been exploring the east coast of Greenland for several years and knows where to go to photograph wildlife and the stunning arctic scenery.
Anticipating a positive response from former students, we have made arrangements to charter the boat from August 10-17 in the summer of 2019. We will join the boat in Kulusuk in Eastern Greenland and we will board on August 10 to explore and photograph one of the last remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world.
We will see massive icebergs and glaciers and hopefully polar bears, arctic fox and several species of birds. The boat will be our “floating Arctic cabin” from which we will base ourselves and go ashore every day to hike, explore and shoot the surrounding area; be it animals, birds, ice, glaciers or magnificent arctic vistas from along the sea shore or from the top of a peak or mountain top. The boat will move a few hours everyday to a new anchorage in order to change our vista and give us new subject matter to shoot.
One of my favorite activities while there in 2018 was visiting the small Inuit settlements and learning about the indigenous people of Greenland. We will, again, have the opportunity to meet the locals and hear about their life in this harsh environment – and photograph portraits of the beautiful, unique people.
It is only fair to warn you that this is not a high-end, luxurious cruise ship with thousands of tourists but a basic but comfortable adventure vessel that will enable us to get to these remote locations.
This purpose built Dutch schooner will take a total of 12 people (6 photographers plus myself, as the workshop leader, and my assistant). The boat has a crew of three and provides a top of the line, safe and comfortable adventure experience with the owner as the captain, a naturalist/guide to teach us about the flora and fauna of the environment, and a chef that keeps us all well fed. The guest cabins include two doubles and two four person cabins with two heads and showers. There will be some cabin sharing involved unless one takes an entire cabin (for two or four).
We will spend time photographing the area from on board but mostly ashore or from one of the boats or kayaks. There will be time allotted while on board to download our files, discuss the images and work on improving our shooting skills and post production skills. This will be a true photo workshop with a strong element of instruction and teaching from both “in the field” shooting and post production.
Getting to the boat:
Fly to Iceland’s Keflavik airport (which is a very well served large international airport) and then transfer from Iceland’s Keflavik airport to the domestic smaller airport in down town Reykjavik (a 45-55 minute bus ride then jump on a 90-minute prop plane flight on to Kulusuk (Greenland) on an Air Iceland, where we will be met by the crew.
The cost of the workshop is $9500 which includes the transfer from the International airport at Kevlavik, Iceland to the hotel in downtown Reykjavik, a night in the downtown hotel in Reykjavik, the air portion of the trip from Rejkyavik, Iceland, to Kulusuk, Greenland, and the transfer from the airpot in Kulusuk, Greenland to the boat. After the trip the transfer from the boat to the Kulusuk airport and the flight back to down town Reykjavik is also included. There after you are on your own.
Not included is the gratuity for the boats crew and alcohol you consume while on board.
To reserve your spot for the 2019 Greenland Workshop we would need:
25% down payment of $2,375 due upon registration
50% of $4,750 due March 1st
25% of $2,375 final payment on June 1st