Suki Belaustegui and Dave Metcalf will be taking a group of keen photographers to North Vietnam for an in-depth journey into the tribal cultures and villages of North Vietnam.
This workshop will be a fantastic opportunity to immerse ourselves into the fascinating indigenous cultures of this area, as we will stay in the villages and allow ourselves many opportunities to concentrate on portrait and cultural photography learning from the “ Master “ Suki who has dedicated 25 years of his life documenting and capturing stunning photographs of indigenous cultures in Latin America and Asia.
This will be David’s fourth visit to Vietnam and he has worked with local guides to put together a well researched itinerary to get off the tourist path and interact with the friendly, welcoming local people.
This workshop is planned for late September just before rice harvest when the hills and mountains are alive with colour and activity, the perfect time to visit this area from a photography perspective.
The workshop starts in the vibrant, historic city of Hanoi, where we meet on September 20, and the next day absorb ourselves into the chaotic, busy streets for a session on the art of street photography. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most fascinating cities as it makes its way into the modern world after the dark past of the American war. We will explore the old quarter and immerse ourselves into the sights and sounds.
The next day we head North in comfortable air conditioned buses to the Chinese border and the town of Ha Giang, the home of the Hmong ethnic tribe, and spend the day in this area before moving on to Quan Ba and spending time with the Dzao tribes.
This is a photography workshop so we will be allowing plenty of time to review the photographs and learn techniques of portrait and landscape photography.
Over the next few days we will be staying in homestays in the villages with the local Dzao, Lo Lo and Hmong tribes. We will also visit the local market and photograph the many tribes that visit the market and trade their products.
Lung Cu is a very beautiful area and we will be spending a day in the Mountains admiring and photographing the stunning landscapes in this area, and Vietnamese rural life. The rice fields at this time are very lush after the Monsoon and a very happy time in the villages.
This includes a drive to Ma Pi Leng pass, famous as one of the most beautiful drives in North Vietnam. Sept 27 We head south to Hanoi where we will review the photos that evening and start to put the portfolio together.
The next day we will do another day of Hanoi Street photography putting into place the new skills that have been learnt over the past few days. The workshop finishes on the morning of the 29 th, however for those who wish we have added a 2 nights, 3-day excursion to beautiful Halong Bay.
We will visit some traditional villages on the way, and the board our boat to cruise around the Karst Pinnacles of this large bay. Enroute we will encounter some stunning scenery, but also visit the fish market for some people photography, and to photograph the fisherman coming in with their nightly catch.
The light on Halong Bay is something very special and will add some variety to the photography portfolio. Another feature of Vietnam, apart from being one of the most photogenic places on the planet, is the delicious food. Our guide knows some of the best places to eat so we will be indulging and sampling some of the best in Vietnamese food.
If you join the Halong Bay extra excursion we arrive back in Hanoi on the afternoon of October 4th, where the tour will end.
$ 3,900 USD Based on single
$ 3,600 USD Based on sharing
8 night’s accommodation
All domestic transport
$ 5,100 USD Based on single From Sept 22 – Oct 4th
$ 4,700 USD Based on sharing.
Three night’s accommodation
Including one night on a private Junk
Guide and park fees
Please note a $ 1,000 USD deposit is required to secure your place on this workshop.
This is fully refundable if the workshop does not take place.
Full payment is due 60 days before the workshop, July 22nd.
This is not refundable if the workshop takes place, so we strongly suggest you take out travel insurance.
David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and has been travelling, writing and photographing throughout Indonesia for the past decade. David has held several exhibitions in Jakarta and Bali since 2002. He opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali, in 2015 and uses the power of photography to educate and encourage positive social change.
David leads photography tours to Bali and Java, the USA, Myanmar, India and other destinations. He is involved in many projects in Kalimantan supporting Dayak culture and the environment.
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