Bali: Island of Odalan Photo Expedition-Workshop

Land Cost: $2150 (**based on 9 participants)

The hub for this 2-week (August 1-Augist 15, 2010) Bali: Island of Odalan Photo Expedition-Workshop is Ubud, which has been the island’s center for traditional arts, dance and music. Away from the crowded touristic beach destinations of the island, Ubud is surrounded by scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, and rivers.

Our focus will be on the many religious festivals and ceremonies on the island. July and August are traditionally when most odalans (temple anniversaries) are held, and these are day and night long events. Festivals are truly elaborate events, while smaller neighborhood festivals are more accessible. We are to photograph these ceremonies and festivals and also photograph dance schools, local artists, artisans, dancers, soothsayers, fortune-tellers, traditional healers, wood carvers, puppet and mask makers, etc during our stay in Bali. On a more somber note, we will also come across cremations, or Ngaben, whch are considered purification rites to free the spirits of the deceased, and are hence viewed as joyous events. Subject to obtaining permission from the families, we will photograph (with discretion) at this typical and important Balinese ritual. We will also photograph the many dances of Bali and their performers.

The Bali: Island of Odalan Photo-Expedition is ideal for participants interested in documentary photography, ethno-photography and multimedia, and for those ready to create visual projects from their inventory of photographs, and learn how to control story length, intent, pace, use of music and ambient sound, narration, field recordings and interviews.

Multimedia Audio Slideshows From Bali; Island of Odalan:

Bali Tajen (Cockfighting), Ngaben, Village Cremation, Melasti, Deity Purification.

Photo Galleries From Bali; Island of Odalan:

Bali: Odalan

Bali: Ngaben (Cremation)

Bali: Spirits & People

The Travel Photographer’s Photo~Expeditions are best described as a mixture of “documentary photojournalism, ethno-photography and travel photography” adventures. As with other previous expeditions, this two-week long photographic event and workshop will include both documentary-style (candid and on-the-run) photography, as well as posed photo sessions with various individuals we encounter.

Tewfic El-Sawy is The Travel Photographer, a freelance photographer who specializes in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa, has been organizing and leading photo expeditions since 2000. He’s passionate about documentary-travel photography and produces multimedia stories, merging still photography and ambient sound, as well as musical soundtracks. He has photographed in Bali many times over the past 5 years, and has well-established contacts on the island. More information is available at WHO IS THE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER?