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NORTHERN SPAIN: ANCIENT AND MODERN

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Tue, 1 Sep 2020 - Mon, 7 Sep 2020
       £1850.00 per/person (£400.00 min. deposit per/person)
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This new, 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 the history-steeped monuments of Zaragoza to Bilbao’s outstanding contemporary architecture, 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.

 

Zaragoza (1-3 September)

 

  • After meeting at Bilbao Airport, we’ll drive across country to Zaragoza, the capital of Aragón, where we’ll be spending our first three days. One of Spain’s oldest and most vibrant cities, dating back over 2,000 years, Zaragoza is 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.

 

Bilbao (4-6 September)

 

  • For the second part 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 also be taking time out from the city to visit 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. 
We'll depart on the 7th from Bilbao airport.

SUITABLE FOR:

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

ADDITIONAL INFO

INCLUDES
One-to-one and group tuition with Tom, 6 nights’ accommodation, private rooms (no single supplement), breakfast, airport transfers from/to Bilbao Airport, transport during workshop
EXCLUDES
Flights, lunches, evening meals, travel insurance

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