Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende is a visual feast for any photographer.
San Miguel de Allende is an incredibly colorful colonial town more than 400 years old. It is one of the most popular travel and photo destinations in the world and may be the most beautiful and magical pueblo in Mexico. San Miguel was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO IN JULY 2008. The streets are alive with colors, and aromas, and the endless drama of la vida Mexicana.
What the Photography Workshop offers.
Before the festival begins we will spend our first day activating our artistic juices and preparing for the challenges of capturing the action during the days and nights to follow and working the streets of San Miguel. We will begin with a look at the principles and art of street photography. The first morning we will look at the work of some other well know street photographers and discuss techniques that are used in creating great images. In the afternoon and evening we will have a meal together and then go out and shot. On the 31st we would shot again. Day of the Dead begins on November 1.
This will not be a workshop to get advice on your camera’s functioning. This is a workshop to learn how to see, how to relate to subjects with your camera and with a sense of open awareness. You will learn techniques of good composition, how to execute a dynamic image and how to take your photography to the next level. Creating a great image has very little to do with whether you are using an iphone, a $12 plastic Holga or a $5000 Leica. Good tools may help but they do not replace a good eye.
A good photograph usually portrays a moment in time and place that evokes an emotional response in the viewer. In most great photographs there is something that intrigues and engages the viewer. This might take it’s strength from the light and shadows, the composition, the dynamic tension between the subject and background, etc. In this workshop you will learn see the world as an image maker. I am confident that every participant will go home a better photographer with some great images.
This will not be a workshop to get advice on your camera’s functioning. This is a workshop to learn how to see, how to relate to subjects with your camera and with a sense of open awareness. You will learn techniques of good composition, how to execute a dynamic image and how to take your photography to the next level. Creating a great image has very little to
James has been photographing for over 40 years. He has lived in Mexico for the last 7 years and currently resides in San Miguel de Allende.
James specializes in travel, portraits and street photography. He has photographed extensively in India, Nepal, Cambodia, Ladakh, Tibet, Africa, Mexico, Galapagos, Borneo, Belize, and Europe. His documentary style speaks of the essence of place and his portraits communicate the diversity of the human condition. His work has been published in number books and magazines and exhibited in the United States and Mexico. In 2011 he finished his first documentary film called“Never Give Up – The Heart of Compassion” Currently he is working on a book to be published this fall titled La Vida Mexicana.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Outside Magazine, National Geographic (on-line), Travel and Leisure, New Age Journal, Worth, Diversion, Audubon, GEO, Stern, Oceans (Harper Collin) and Spirit of the Whale (Voyager Press), “The book of Man” (Scribner book cover) and many others. His work is represented by Getty Images, Robert Harding, Glasshouse Image and other photo agencies.