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Mon, 4 Sep 2023 - Tue, 12 Sep 2023
       £3250.00 per/person (£400.00 min. deposit per/person)

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This exciting two-centre workshop focuses on the best of ancient and modern landscapes, both natural and man-made, in this largely unspoilt corner of northern Spain. From Bilbao’s outstanding contemporary architecture to the history-steeped monuments of Zaragoza, by way of the breathtaking Bay of Biscay, it’s the ideal mix to fire your imagination and enhance your photography skills, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced enthusiast.


For the first two nights of our workshop we’ll be based in the city of Bilbao, a once-pedestrian industrial port that has been reborn as a hub of modern architecture and art, including eye-catching sculptures, and a hotspot for the terrific local “pintxos” (tapas, Basque-style).

Our main focus will be Bilbao’s most famous landmark – Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, whose titanium-clad curves rise every which way above the River Nervión, reflecting the light from all angles. As well as shots of this iconic building in splendid isolation, we’ll be using the strikingly different designs of the neighbouring La Salve and Calatrava bridges to create dynamic leading lines and more abstract images.

We’ll then be heading northeast for an overnight stay on the spectacular coastline around Gaztelugatxe – which translates from the Basque as “castle rock”. This craggy islet some 20 miles east of Bibao recently served as the location of Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragonstone Castle in the acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones. While Gaztelugatxe is crowned by a somewhat more modest – and dragon-free – hermitage in real life, it’s an indisputably evocative centerpiece for dramatic seascapes, especially at sunset.  


For the second part of our workshop we’ll drive across country to Zaragoza, stopping en route for two nights at two bodegas – one designed by Frank Gehry, and the other by renowned Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava (our stay here also includes some rather enjoyable wine tasting).

We spend the last three nights in Zaragoza, the capital of Aragón. One of Spain’s oldest and most vibrant cities, dating back over 2,000 years, it’s rich in traditional architecture, shaped by the influence of both Roman and  Moorish conquerors.

Among the city’s most imposing treasures is the huge 11th century Aljafería palace, a masterpiece of Islamic, Mudéjar and Gothic-Renaissance architecture. We’ll also be shooting the iconic Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar on the banks of the River Ebro, its soaring towers and ornate cupolas framed by the graceful 15th century Puenta de Piedra bridge – wonderful for spotlit evening reflection shots.

We'll head back to Bilbao airport on the morning of the 12th.


Photographers of all skill levels. Average fitness levels – nothing strenuous involved.

Workshop participant requirements 

Whether you’re a beginner or a semi-pro, you’ll find plenty to learn and enjoy on this workshop.
You’ll require either a digital camera with at least a 16GB memory card (minimum 32GB if it’s high resolution) or a film camera (SLR, medium, large or wide format) – Tom has many years of experience working with both.
Additional kit – a tripod, shutter release and polarising filter will help you maximise your shooting opportunities, although they aren’t essential.
Average physical fitness levels – nothing strenuous involved.
Zaragoza in September averages a balmy 22°C / 72°F and can reach 28°C / 82°F, with lows around 15°C / 59°F, plenty of sunshine and very little rain. Bilbao is a shade cooler and rainier, with less sunshine, but still very pleasant. It’s best to pack for warm weather but throw in a waterproof and something warmer to wear for evening shoots, and good walking shoes.


One-to-one and group tuition with Tom, 8 nights’ accommodation, private rooms (no single supplement), breakfast, airport transfers from/to Bilbao Airport, transport during workshop
Flights, lunches, evening meals, travel insurance