One Week Workshops
SEEK's goal is to create a fun and inspiring experience for you, and to help you take the best photos of your life. Our workshops focus on unleashing your creative vision, improving your technique by teaching the elements of art and design, and curating an unforgettable travel experience.
**In addition to dates listed here, we also can accommodate your schedule with a minimum of three participants, as well as offering individual mentoring. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities....
March 18-25, 2019 - Antigua & Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Eric Mencher & Andrew Sullivan
March 18-25, 2019 - Antigua & Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Eric Mencher & Andrew Sullivan
$600.US deposit to reserve space in workshop.
We return to Guatemala for our third annual workshop in Antigua and Lake Atitlan!!
$2900.US workshop fee includes instruction, three nights at Hotel Aurora in Antigua, five nights at Posada de Santiago in Atitlan, airport transfers, ground transportation to and from Lake Atitlan, all meals at Lake Atitlan, and boat transportation to our locations around the lake.
Balance of $2300.US will be due 30 days prior to workshop, and will be billed separately.
Photography blends art and science with the raw materials of daily life. Spirit, creative thought, awareness, and technology meld into photographs that inspire, stir the imagination, and awaken the senses. In this workshop, we will begin with three nights in the Spanish colonial city of Antigua, where Eric Mencher will lead the course. We will then travel to the heart of Mayan culture and awaken each morning to the breathtaking landscape of Lago Atitlan, encircled by volcanoes on its shores. Seek founder Andrew Sullivan, and documentary fine art photographer Rene Torres will lead this portion of the course. We invite you to work with your iPhone and mobile apps or your digital camera of choice. Eric, Andrew, and Rene will present specific themes each day, such as Light and Shadow, Concept, Composition, Street photography, Portraiture, Landscape, and Moment. You will leave Guatemala with a stunning portfolio of new photographs, and deep insight on how to continue to develop.
Jennifer Posner, a student from the February 2018 course exhibited her workshop photos in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico this summer, and nearly sold out each limited edition of the six prints she showed - a remarkable achievement. Read her testimonial:
“In February, I decided to take Seek’s workshop to Guatemala, not only because it was a destination I wanted to see but because Eric & Kass Mencher were teaching. I had heard great things about Eric’s iPhone techniques, so I wanted to learn for myself. Both the instructors and the location didn’t disappoint!
With Eric and Kass’ inspiration, I was able to make some of the best photos I’ve ever shot. Andrew also organized a great workshop with just the right balance between instruction and fun, while giving terrific photo pointers in the background. Every morning, our boat Taxi awaited at our dock to take us on another spectacular day of adventures and photos.
After returning to San Miguel, Andrew and I decided to do a joint exhibition in a friend’s studio. With Andrew’s coaching, I learned about printing and exhibiting my work. All told, it was a great experience and hopefully the impetus to finally start my photo career!”
March 18-25, 2019: From the Cobblestones to the Lakeshore - Antigua & Atitlan, Guatemala with Eric Mencher, Andrew Sullivan & Rene Torres
Explore and enjoy three nights in the Spanish Colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua, Guatemala. Then travel through the hills to spend six nights in a lakeside inn at one of Latin America's most beautiful places - Santiago Atitlan.
Workshop tuition includes all instruction and mentoring, airport transfers, three nights accommodation in Antigua at Hotel Aurora, entrance fees to sites, round trip shuttle service to Santiago Atitlan, five nights lodging at Posada de Santiago, all meals during our time at the lake, boat transport to our locations around Atitlan, the farewell dinner.
Our workshop schedule is below. We will follow this itinerary as closely as possible while providing flexibility to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities.
Monday, March 18
¡Bienvenidos! Workshop participants arrive in Antigua. We will gather for dinner near our hotel in downtown Antigua. Introductory session to discuss the workshop, address questions and concerns, talk about our individual and collective goals, and view slideshow.
Tuesday, March 19
Early! (6:30 or 7am) We'll rise early to photograph the city's streets in spectacular crystalline light. Spend the morning photographing, perhaps pausing to have some of the world's best coffee (grown locally on the hillsides surrounding Antigua). This day will be a good introduction to the sites of Antigua, from the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina to the ruins of the 16th Century cathedral, destroyed by earthquake in 1773 and only partially rebuilt. In the afternoon, we'll set up individual meetings with Eric for portfolio reviews. As the sun goes down, we'll head back out in to the streets for low-light photography tutorials.
Wednesday, March 20
Early (again)! We'll keep working on our street photography, refining our sense of composition and light. Visits today will include the market, the Tanque La Union, and the Antiguo Colegio de la Compania de Jesus. Antigua's architecture fascinates the eye, and provides ample material for photographic studies of ancient details or wider storytelling perspectives. Explore ruins and amble the cobblestone streets to find captivating moments of daily life. We'll have another session of portfolio reviews in the afternoon, before meeting for dinner to say farewell to Eric.
Thursday, March 21
9am: Group leaves Antigua in our private shuttle, arrives Posada de Santiago in Santiago Atitlán, approximately noon
12:30pm: Group welcome lunch at the Posada
2:00pm: Orientation talk to discuss itinerary and goals for our time at the lake
5:00pm: Photograph by the lake or walk into town with Andrew and Rene to become acquainted with Santiago
7:30ish: Dinner and discussion and instruction of various apps to improve your iPhone photography
Friday, March 22
Early! (6:30 or 7am): Meet by the Posada’s dock to photograph as the sunrise illuminates the volcano across the water
8:00am: Quick breakfast at the Posada
9:00am: Walk (or take tuk-tuk!) into town to photograph Market Day in Santiago with Andrew and Rene
12:30-3: Lunch, free time to photograph, enjoy the lake or swimming pool, or meet with instructors
4:30pm: Photograph around Santiago, download and edit pictures, or one-on-one critiques with instructors
7:00 Dinner and discussion
Saturday, March 23 Experience the Magic of Lake Atitlán // Experiment with New Tools
8:00am: Leave on lancha (boat) for daytrip across the lake to Santa Catarina and San Antonio Palopó
6:00pm: Return to Posada de Santiago
7:00: Dinner and discussion
After dinner: Edit
Sunday, March 24
9:00am: Critiques and editing to prepare for final slideshow
1:00pm: Critiques continue
3:00pm: Free time or walk into town
5:00pm: Lakeside cocktail hour with informal conversation and exchange of thoughts, ideas, experiences
6:00pm: Group slideshow
7:00 Farewell dinner with live music
Monday, March 25:
10:00am: Depart for the airport
We hope that you leave energized--not exhausted--having made new friends and supporters, well on your way to refining your personal vision.
Please note: “Free time” is time for yourself to experience local culture, or edit, or for one-on-one sessions with instructors (we will be free during your free time for critiques, editing, discussion, or photographing together).
If flying into Guatemala City late at night, we recommend staying at the Barcelo near the airport. The Barcelo is part of a Spanish hotel group and offers a free shuttle service to their hotel from the airport. The airport is also known as La Aurora International. All hotels can arrange shuttle service to Antigua from the airport, or you can reserve a shuttle through Shuttle Guatemala for about $12US. Alternatively, taxi service is safe, reliable, and readily available at the airport when you arrive. Taxi fares are about $40US, and you will find the taxis as soon as you exit customs. The trip to Antigua from Guatemala City is about 45 minutes to an hour. The drive winds out of the city and into the hills separating the capital city from Antigua. You will see many of the famous repurposed American school buses, known as "chicken buses," that are used as colorful public transportation.
Registrations made less than 60 days prior to class date will be charged in full at the time of registration, unless prior arrangements have been made.
Some travel workshops may differ, please check the course description.