Explore Your Creative Spirit In Colombia
A photographic experience with Richard Martin and Adam L. Weintraub
Monday, January 25th – Friday, February 5th, 2021
"Richard Martin’s intelligent and caring workshop philosophy is based on a great deal of experience, both as participant and instructor. The creativity of his vision, images, and teaching is inspiring."
What You'll Do
Street Photography In Historic Cartagena
Take advantage of early morning street photography opportunities and capture local people and architecture inside the historic wall.
A Walking Tour Of Barrio Getsemeni
Embark on a casual walking tour of Barrio Getsemeni, pulsing with the beginnings of gentrification, embodying wonderful evening activity with locals, colorful murals and Caribbean sky.
Photograph Stunning Façades
The most important tourist hub in South America, Cartagena is a gem. Old world colonial façades mask modern boutique hotels and restaurants on the inside. Narrow streets with horse-drawn carriages prance past and the Caribbean evening light reflects ambers and lavenders overhead.
Visit The Island Of Santa Cruz
Punta Faro gives us something else that few others get to experience: direct and local access to one of the little-known places in Colombia, Islote Santa Cruz. This is the world’s most densely populated island, about 4000 sq. ft. of space, with hundreds of descendants from just a few original families. Evening light brings out the dominoes, the children and the fresh-cooked fish. Foreigners are seen as a positive influence and we are given almost complete and honest access to one of the more unique experiences in Colombia.
What Students Say
Alice Yen Yong
“My photography journey has benefitted tremendously from Richard's generosity in sharing his creative vision and skill, which combined with his love of humour and fun makes learning a cinch.”
Mary Macey Butler
“I’m drawn to his heartfelt enthusiasm in a talk or his quiet, gentle way of sharing his passion for the medium one on one or in a small group. He is truly a born teacher.”
"Richard Martin and Adam Weintraub have created a superb travel experience in this tour of Colombia. The combination of Richard’s selection of photographic experiences with Adam’s detailed knowledge of Colombia made this trip one that I would highly recommended!"
"This trip was not just a photographic tour but also a cultural and food tour. Richard provided the photographic inspiration; Richard and Adam arranged excellent and unique excursions that took us right into the center of Colombian culture. The bonus was Adam’s selection of superb restaurants and hotels so we could get a full picture of life in Colombia.
I did have friends caution me on travelling to Colombia because Columbia is thought not to be safe but I had heard wonderful reports from the 2019 group so I trusted their advice. With Adam’s local knowledge and fluency in Spanish, I was very comfortable and had fun in every location we visited and in most of them, we were the only non-locals there! The Colombian people were very welcoming!
Richard was always available for photographic advice and inspiration. His passion for photography is infectious! Just when I thought I was ready to put my camera down, I would see Richard looking at something that I missed and my interest in just looking would be peaked again! Adam’s wealth of knowledge not only included great places to eat but also to shop. Our days in Cartagena, started with an early morning photo walk with Richard, mid-day shopping with Adam and more photographic opportunities with Richard again in the early evening with fantastic food in between. I loved it all!"
"Visiting Colombia with Richard Martin and Adam Weintraub was one of the most enjoyable photography tours I’ve experienced, bar none. Every day brought wonderful photographic opportunities, including interesting locations and amazing interactions with locals. It exceeded my expectations in every way."
"As everyone knows, Colombia has had a very difficult past. And many people, including myself, at first wondered how comfortable it would be travelling there. I have to say that I felt very safe, that everyone on the tour also felt comfortable and safe. Bogota or Medellin are no different when compared to travelling to any large city - just use the same common sense that you would when travelling anywhere new.
There were several things that really stood out in terms of photography and interaction.
- Visiting the Klan Ghetto Popular in Medellin. This is a group of young people who are effecting change in the poor areas of the city by creating youth programs, creating amazing wall art and expressing themselves with hip-hop, rap, and dance. The group instills a sense of pride in their heritage and community, despite the socioeconomic challenges faced. Upbeat and uplifting, these kids are so proud to show what they accomplish. What an incredible day that was. This was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had and would remain so even without any photography.
- The wholesale morning market in Cartagena. You wander the market broken into small groups of 3, each with their own guide. People are for the most part open, friendly and happy to have their photo taken. I’ve never been to a market more wonderful for photography.
- The two Caribbean islands. A late afternoon visit to a small fishing village was only about 15 minutes by foot from our resort. Many friendly people of all ages who clearly, most of whom clearly are happy to have photos taken. The next day, we visited the island of Santa Cruz, a 20-minute boat ride away. This is the most densely populated island in the world, I’m told. Again, amazing people, amazing experience. I love the photos I have of adults and children from both these places. A simply amazing experience not only because of the photography but with the incredible interactions I had with the residents of both villages.
- The Getsemani neighbourhood just a 10-minute walk from our hotel in Cartagena. Colourful, vibrant and an incredible community in transition. I could (well, I did) wander here for hours making photographs.
Richard’s seemingly endless enthusiasm for photography was no less apparent in Colombia than it is in any location anywhere in the world. Beside’s Richard’s exquisite talents, his joy of sharing, encouraging and assisting anyone and everyone in the group at any time make the experience of travelling with him terrifically rewarding.
And finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Adam’s contribution to the trip. His local knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm ensured we had the best experience possible. Not only is Adam fluent in Spanish, but he also made the most excellent selections for restaurants and meals in every city and town we visited."
Stephen L Starkman
Photographer, Toronto, Canada
Portfolio (above) by Stephen L. Starkman
Meet Your Teacher
A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is a deeply committed instructor who guides participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery on his photography tours around the world. His passion and insight help the student in opening up the creative doors and to reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.
A good instructor should have the ability to move people – connecting them with their emotions. Reinforcing to participants the fact that fine images are made with their hearts and souls not their thousand-dollar lens.
Qualities That Make A Good Instructor
Some of the qualities which contribute to a good instructor include:
- Instructors should be deeply committed to the process of making images, while possessing honesty and integrity in their own work.
- They should encourage individual ways of seeing and expressing, and should NEVER impose their own views on students.
- One who enjoys sharing their knowledge, without ego! – this aspect is very important. One who is always accessible to participants, being available for assistance, and dividing time fairly between students.
- One who can guide participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery, opening up doors and helping students reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.
What You'll Learn
Monday, January 25th – Friday, February 5th, 2021
Day 1: Bogota
Anyone arriving a day early is encouraged to visit the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) on their own. We can help arrange a visit to the Candelaria section and take a spectacular gondola ride up the mountainside to the breathtaking Monserrat overview and church. Let us know! Group arrival, check-in to hotel for 3 nights, and inaugural dinner; trip details and photographic country advice/insights.
Hotel Sofitel; Dinner
Our tour itinerary has been designed specifically for serious photographers, to ensure that more concentrated time is spent in the most photogenic areas. In addition to individual attention in the field, time will be spent reviewing participants work while learning digital workflow and visual design. Instruction is kept flexible to accommodate a changing itinerary and varying skill levels of the participants, and to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.
Bogota (Altitude: Bogota 8,661 feet)
The capital city of Colombia, Bogota mixes peoples from all over the country and abroad. It is a thriving and cultured city, with long boulevards, trees and delicious dining if you know where to look. It’s nestled into the surrounding mountains with the church of Montserrat perched above, visible from every street. We’ll take the 100 year-old funicular up the hillside and gather perspective on the geography below. As we descend back into the throes of the capital, we’ll head over to the Candelaria neighborhood to see the formal and stately capital buildings intertwined with contemporary commercial structures. The narrow streets, distant mountains and city chaos make it a wonderful context in which to work.
Cartagena de las Indias
The most important tourist hub in South America, Cartagena is a gem. Old world colonial façades mask modern boutique hotels and restaurants on the inside. Narrow streets with horse-drawn carriages prance past and the Caribbean evening light reflects ambers and lavenders overhead. Shopping, eating and walking throughout the centre of this spectacular walled fort are certain distractions. We’ll not only get a private tour of the historical components but will wander through the evolving Getsemeni residential district as well. This tucked-away neighbourhood, ten minutes’ walk from the centre, gets us a little closer to every-day reality for the locals.
Islote Santa Cruz, Mucura and Punta Faro
Sometimes you gotta work hard to find that amazing moment, suffering under severe conditions. Not here! On Punta Faro, we’re treated to luxury resort service and comforts – an exclamation point to our journey after a week of image-making. But we’re not done – Punta Faro gives us something else that few others get to experience: direct and local access to one of the little-known places in Colombia, Islote Santa Cruz. This is the world’s most densely populated island, about 4000 sq. ft. of space, with hundreds of descendants from just a few original families. Local crab, fish, turtle, shark and stone are abundant and are seen constantly. Evening light brings out the dominoes, the children and the fresh-cooked fish. Foreigners are seen as a positive influence and we are given almost complete and honest access to one of the more unique experiences in Colombia.
Colombia Tour Pricing
- Arrival and Departure Airport transfers (one transfer vehicle per way for entire group).
- All lodging is included at Sofitel (Bogota), Cannúa Ecolodge, Park 10 (Medellin), Hotel Las Carretas (Cartagena), Punta Faro (Isla Mucura), and a few others. All are 3+ stars and come with wonderful character, local staff with secure and comfortable surroundings.
- All breakfasts, most lunches and the included dinners as noted in the itinerary (B, L and/or D when included).
- All ground, boat, and air transfers within Colombia.
- Private guide including all entrance fees, local taxes and fees.
- Photographic Instruction and feedback.
- The international arrival and departure flights (Please Note: Originating in Bogota and terminating in Cartagena).
- Travel insurance (see below).
- Optional tours, individual excursions outside of group activities, etc.
- Any airfare, departure & airport taxes and fees, passport and visa services & fees.
- Baggage, equipment, medical and cancellation insurance.
- Beverages with meals, meals other than mentioned above, tips and gratuities.
- Tips to drivers, guides and escorts, any tour or transportation services on days stated as free days.
- Tips to porterage and maid service.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, taxi, excess baggage etc.
- Personal shopping (you may expect this to total between $35 to $40 per day depending on personal preferences).
Please Note: Registration limited to 10 participants.
We require that you purchase Emergency Evacuation Insurance. General travel insurance is highly recommended, but not required. With this insurance, you can protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance. We suggest a plan which offers coverage for medical and dental emergencies, lost baggage, missed connections, and trip cancellation should you unexpectedly need to cancel. PhotoExperience is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of airline tickets in the event of a cancellation. As soon as you’ve made your trip deposit or purchased an airfare, you need to request Travel Insurance. Don’t wait. You will be signing a waiver in order to join our tour, though we admit they mean little in this day and age.
To reserve your space at a Richard Martin/PhotoExperience tour, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is required at the time of registration. We cannot hold space in a tour without a deposit. Once your deposit has been received you will be admitted to the program and we’ll send you a detailed itinerary, logistics information about Colombia and the Emergency Contact information. We require a second deposit of $600 for internal flight reservations 180 days prior to the start of the workshop: June 8th, 2019; this second deposit is also non-refundable since airfare isn’t reimbursable (however, should you cancel, we will happily forward you your purchased tickets in your name for you to use at a future date, according to airline fine print).
We will send you a statement of your account about 100 days prior to the start of our tour, with the full remainder of the balance due 90 days prior to the start, with refunds according to the Refund/Cancellation policy as described below.
We will accept no further registrants after July 5th, 2019 due to internal flight reservation requirements.
Before the tour we need to make important reservations, so if for any reason you need to withdraw, please notify us at least 90 days before the start of the tour for a full refund of any advanced payments which weren’t “non-refundable”. If cancellation is made 90-61 days before the start of the workshop we will retain half of your full photo tour cost; if cancellation occurs within 60 days of the departure, there is no refund. For these reasons we recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance as explained below.
PhotoExperience reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days before the start of the workshop, and any deposit would then be forfeited. PhotoExperience is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. In the unlikely event that a tour must be cancelled due to inadequate enrolment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full. PhotoExperience is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a cancellation. Again, this is why we highly recommend Travel Insurance. There are no exceptions to our Cancellation Policy. Emergency Evacuation Insurance is a required purchase to join our trip since we are not a large, multinational touring company.
If you have any questions, please contact Adam L. Weintraub via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1-206-817-4686.
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