Santorini has been Glenn's and Roses' home for 24 months of the past eighteen years. Unlike many workshop operators, the Steiners read and write Greek passably well, and have developed many friends who live on Santorini within the past twenty years of exploring and photographing.
In exploring Santorini from mystic Oia to the top of Mount Profitis Illias to the seaside village of Akrotiri, they have discovered many exciting places to shoot and explore.
Courses - FALL:
* "In Search of the Real Greece" - Santorini Thirasia & Anafi" OPEN
- Dates - September 14th to September 22nd.
- Maximum students: 5-7.
- Level: Open Digital + Film.
- Itinerary: Santorini - Thirasia - Anafi
"In Search of the Real Greece"
Explore unknown and lesser visited villages within Santorini, rarely seen Thirasia and untouched Anafi in the southern Kyklades.
Rise with the sunrise and watch the sun emerge from the Aegean sea, coffee in hand and eating a baklava ...and then head out to explore and shoot.
Spend each morning chasing the Greek sun as it plays against ancient white walls and weather worn blue doors. We take the midday off, to download our work and recharge our batteries, literally and figuratively.
At 4pm, we go to another village to photograph friendly Greeks dressed in their traditional black attire. At sunset, we adjourn for dinner, each night at a different taverna.
We rise early to chase the light. This is a shooting/adventure workshop as these islands have little water and even fewer photographic labs to assist with processing. Each workshop includes a critique at mid-week and week's end. Participants will touch on the development of artistic vision in process as we explore the interior and exterior world of their photography. Night photography is encouraged, but only balanced with nocturnal explorations of the kafenions and tavernas.
All photographic medias, film or digital, are welcome.
* Typical 9-Day Shoot at Greek Island Workshops:
"In Search of the Real Greece"
The Day Before the Workshop you will make your way from Santorini's airport or ferry quay at Athinios port to our hotel in Firostefani. Drop off your luggage. Perhaps for those jet-lagged souls, a little R+R might be needed. We shall all have dinner in town at a local taverna, making it an early night in preparation of the morning's shoot.
Day 1: We awake early to catch the morning sun rise off the Aegean. We walk and explore the back streets of Konto Chora behind Fira and Firostefani. We will have lunch in Fira's ever entertaining Theotokopoulos Square. To Mesimeri (Siesta time) lasts from 2-4:30 pm. The island pretty much closes down until 4:30 pm. This gives you the opportunity to download and review the first morning's shoot.
In the PM, we head to the far north tip of the island for the late afternoon/evening shoot in Oia, one of the prettiest towns in the Kyklades. We have dinner in Oia at XXX.
Day 2: Waking early, we will drive and take in the morning sun at the highly photogenic town of Akrotiri. Lunch near Akrotiri's beach will give us welcome rest from the noontime sun. Conditions permitting, we may enjoy a swim at Akrotiri Beach within the caldera itself. Around 3pm, we head up to Pyrgos and explore the old castle and monastery near the top of Mt. Profitis Illias. For a change, we'll have a traditional dinner at XXX in Pyrgos. The remainder of the evening is free. We will, of course, be available to aid in the downloading and editing of new student work shot as needed.
Day 3: This is the long day. We take the funicular cable car from Fira to the old port of Skala (the word lit. meaning "steps"). We board a specially chartered fishing boat to the islet of Thirasia. We ride donkeys up the caldera steps to the old town of Manolas. Manolas is yet untouched by tourism and gives us an idea of how Santorini looked before the devastating earthquake of 1959, which devastated and crushed over 90% of Santorini's houses. The people of Manolas are largely warm and hospitable, exhibiting the prized Greek qualities of filoxenia, or " kindness to strangers."
We take a lunch at XXX in Manolas, continuing to explore Manolas and then stroll along the rim down to Potamos. We take the fishing boat back to Ammoudi port beneath Oia to shoot the fishing boats. We dine at Irini's Taverna, with the water lapping at our feet, watching the sun drop into the sea. This evening, you are free either to enjoy the night on the town in Oia, or to return and continue downloading your work back in Firostefani.
Day 4: At daybreak, we leave to explore Vothonas, a fascinating and totally unique cave city hollowed out of volcanic pumice. We have lunch at XXX in Kamari, an old style taverna, filled with warm and gregarious islanders. This afternoon, Photoshop lessons will be given in the "Bungalow" in RAW format. At the end of the lecture, there will be time to continue shooting. Rose and I feel that it will be more productive to return to the hotel, to collate your new photography. This evening, we will have a genial review and critique of our works.
Day 5: We spend the morning shoot at the old cannery at Exo Gonia, an old warehouse, dilapidated, caressed by light, and filled with textures. We take lunch at Kapitan Georgios, a local taverna on the water. When the heat sets in, we will then retreat to the Bungalow to download our work. We spend the evening, shooting, walking along the cliffs of Imerovigli and Firostefani, with dinner high atop Imerovigli.
Day 6: We drive to the top of Monolithos and then climb the steps to the ruins of Ancient Thira, high above Santorini. Lunch at the Yazz Club in Perissa. For the afternoon's shoot, we explore the magical light at Megalochori were many of the local Greeks live.
Day 7: We shoot Karterados, a fascinating cave city, where the streets are often but a donkey cart wide. We will have lunch at a small taverna down by the sea at Monolithos. That afternoon, we will have a short shoot along the steps beneath Fira. The final lecture and discussion of student work will be given using the digital projector in the "Bungalow."
Day 8: Our final day, We take a day long tour of the caldera, enjoying the sunset aboard a Greek Sailing vessel while seeing the caldera up close and personal.
That evening, we shall enjoy the final dinner at one of Fira's local tavernas, and dance to the light of the moon which makes 'lunatics' of us all. Energy permitting, we shall watch the moon set into Santorini's caldera. Workshop concludes this evening.
Day 9: A fond farewell. Rides will be provided to the airport or to Athinios Port. You have many more islands to explore, and so little time within which to enjoy them.
* Lodging Details: For our Santorini based workshops, photographers will stay at our favorite "AA" class family-owned hotel on the sunrise quiet side of Firostefani. Your rooms include AC, a refrigerator, a comfortable bed and a balcony from which to view the sunrise. The hotel has a lovely, sun drenched pool where we often gather about at noon time, discussing the days' shoots. Continental breakfasts and all island/inter-island transportation are included.
* Health insurance - the Greek islands are a safe and hospitable place. If you think you need insurance, please contact your local insurance or travel insurance dealer.
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