Documentary Photography | Advanced
Every stone tells a story, and we want to capture it. During this intimate workshop we will discover the cultural traces of Sicilian traditions and art, hidden in the outback of the Sicani Mountains and the Valle del Belice, between Palermo and Agrigento. This four day tour will be dedicated to all those who wish to improve their skills in visual storytelling and landscape photography, experimenting with different settings and topics. In the workshop we will travel back in time and discover the ancient ruins of Segesta before heading to Gibellina and Poggioreale. Here we’ll explore the stony testimonials of the seismic earthquake in 1968. On sculptor Lorenzo Reina’s art farm we visit his exceptional Teatro Andromeda and learn more about permaculture. One of the highlights is the Easter procession of Prizzi, a little village in the Sicilian promontory where religious traditions meet profanity during the “Dance of the Devils”. Each day you will get a new “mission” and focus on different elements guided by the Sicilian documentary filmmaker and nature photographer Mathia Coco. Your tutor will help you to build a set of images and find editorial solutions during our photo lab in the evening. Here we have the possibility to share our impressions of the journey and talk about the visual language and quality of our shots within the group.
18th – 21st April 2018
Is it for me?
Every block of stone has a statue inside. It is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
Departure Time10:00 AM Palermo
Return Time20:00 PM Palermo
IncludedPersonal GuidePhotography CoachSici:scatta Travel KitTraining MaterialsWelcome & Farewell Meal
DAY 1: HELLO PALERMO
DAY 2: STONY MEMORIES
The second day starts early in the morning. We will ride in a minivan from Palermo to the ruins of Segesta, capturing the morning light. The columns of the ancient temple and amphitheatre tell us more about the long history of the Mediterranean island. The archeological park of Segesta is part of the former Greek empire and is the perfect scenery for motifs and extraordinary shots. After the first mission we will continue our shooting day in the rural countryside in the valley of Belice. After discovering the beautiful landscape in this area we head to the old town of Poggioreale. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1968 and left in its state of deterioration until today. The spooky atmosphere of this abandoned place gives us plenty of photo spots and historical scenes. After free time to shoot around, we continue our ride to the former territory of Old Gibellina. Embedded in the hills and vineyards of the outback, the "Cretto" of Alberto Burri is one of the biggest landmarks of contemporary art. Here we will walk through the colossal sculpture that is superimposed onto the ruins of Gibellina and experiment with abstract perspectives. The day ends with a photo lab in the evening where we can share our experiences of the first day.
DAY 3: FASCINATION ANDROMEDA
Before we check-out and head to the small Sicilian village Santo Stefano di Quisquina, we will come together for a morning photo lab to discuss successes and difficulties of the past days. Our journey leads us through picturesque landscapes to the Monti Sicani. At 1000 meters stands the "Fattoria dell'Arte" (Farm of Art) by shepard and sculptor Lorenzo Reina. After inheriting his father’s Sicilian pastures, Lorenzo embarked on a vast artistic venture: In over 30 years he has created the exceptional Teatro Andromeda, a living art installation that calls upon Sicily's ancient history. Nowadays it hosts musicians, actors and dancers for events. Before the panoramic view of the theatre we will set-up for the magic hour and discover the rest of the farm, seeing how Lorenzo and his family live and work. Lorenzo will give us an introduction to the principles of permaculture and invite us for a lunch made of products from his farm based on typical Sicilian recipes. After a rich day of new experiences we leave for Corleone, the last stop of our tour.
DAY 4: DANCE OF THE DEVIL
- Workshop type: Documentary & Street Photography
- Skill level: Advanced
- Class: 4-8 participants
SiciScatta Tour Kit:
- Personalized map of Sicily
- Digital Guide on Google Maps
- Lecture about cultural side looks, local project and history
- SD Memory Card for your camera
- Entrance to archeological sites
What you need to bring?
- Digital photo camera, with everything that comes around (cables, charger, card reader) Consider an external hard disk to make a back up of your daily shooting.
- Minimum of lenses (we recommend a 24-50mm prime lense + zoom lense and/or tele lense)
- Laptop with charger
- Other photo equipment (tripod, filter and what ever you desire)
- Comfortable footwear
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