The Blue City. The Gateway to Thar. The Sun City. All of these are ways to refer to Jodhpur, the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India and our location for a new workshop in partnership with Leica Ambassador Vineet Vohra of Art Photo Feature. The vibrant city – full of blue-facaded buildings for which it earned its moniker and numerous historic forts, temples and palaces – will be explored in full during this three-day workshop that will also include insightful photography lectures and image critiques.
Craftsmanship and commerce naturally intersect in Jodhpur, as handicraft is the largest industry and everything from textiles and ink to bangles and cutlery are produced then sold at the city’s landmark Sardar Market. As participants explore the city with Adam and Vineet right alongside, they’ll get to experience first-hand the region’s Rajasthan hospitality.
In 2010, I went to India for the first time. We were in Egypt and my fiancé had to stop in India for a few days. It gave me a chance to tag along and check out India first hand. My thought on the flight over was that I would walk into a National Geographic photo. Temples on the horizon and swamis up and down the Ganges were all I had really seen of the place (aside from HCB’s India book, but that was 1947-1948 so I fully expected that to be outdated). India was much more than anything I’d ever seen before. The experience is full on.
If you have never been to India, it is a place like no other. From the moment you step off the plane the country envelops you. Sure there are all the cliches about the smells of the city and the buzz of people, but nothing really prepared me for how immersive India is to a photographer. Living in New York City, I figured the “City That Never Sleeps” could not be outdone by anything, but India proved me wrong. It does not come with an off button. In three days I took ZERO pictures. It was so much; I wanted to take it in. There were no guides and no locals to point me around, so the camera was left in the hotel and I traveled with only my senses.
Almost ten years later, I finally feel ready to run a workshop in India and there is no one I’d rather run it with than Vineet Vohra. We met a number of years ago and became fast friends. Vineet has an incredible way of shooting India – most of the photos featured here are ones he shot. Using his dedicated 28 mm lens and signature F13 DOF, he brings all of India through his lens. I like to joke that he can shoot from inside your pocket and you never even knew he was there. I have great admiration for his style, which is totally different from my own and felt that a workshop together would be a good balance between our shared art backgrounds and divergent styles. You can read about our experience shooting Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi together a few years ago here and see my photos from that trip below.
We will both be with the group the entire time for the design lectures, critiques, and most importantly the shoots.
For the workshop we will meet in Jodhpur. Most of you will either fly in from Mumbai or Delhi, but we are available to answer questions about getting to the workshop and make a few suggestions for what to do when we are done. There are loads of locations that you might want explore after we finish.
Workshop enrollment covers all workshop activities, location shooting fees, model fees, intercity transportation, a summary of workshop material/resources, and use of workshop meeting spaces.
Transportation, food, and lodging are at the discretion of the photographer. They are not included in the workshop cost, but if you need help with hotel suggestions please email us.
If this is your first A/Marelli Workshop, you may have some questions or concerns. This is why I offer a complimentary 30-minute private call with each first time workshop participant. After you register for the workshop, we’ll get in touch with you to set up your session via Skype.
Each workshop requires a 50% non-refundable deposit. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the commencement of the workshop.
After the non-refundable deposit is accepted, if you need to cancel or postpone enrollment in a workshop, you may transfer the deposit to another available workshop anytime within the next calendar year. (e.g. If you enrolled for a February 2020 workshop and are unable to attend, you can apply it any other workshop up to the end of February 2021.)
If you have made full payment and need to cancel prior to 90 days before the start of the workshop, you will be refunded the second payment amount.
If you need to cancel inside of 90 days from the workshop commencement, there is no refund, but you can transfer the entire amount to a later workshop up to one calendar year from the original workshop start date.