Big Sista Adventures
Celebrating Women’s Photography
Through New Eyes
Join professional photographers Jacqueline Warrick and Sarah Landro from Camera Story on this once in a lifetime residential in the oldest city on earth.
Your week is packed with daily interactive workshops covering technical aspects of photography along with sessions on how to capture meaningful travel photos and develop ethical photographic narratives. We will be out and about creating images everyday and taking time for daily reflection and review sessions. By week’s end you will have a body of work that digs deep beneath the surface and expresses your unique creativity and eye.
Pulse of India
The atmosphere of Varanasi is festive, and the ghats remain vehicle and shop free allowing peaceful walks as well as larger public prayers and ritual ceremonies. Our photographic practice will explore the areas of the ghats, the labyrinthine allies, and the history, people and culture of this great pulsating heartland. Ayurveda, Sanskrit, classical music and dance are all taught and practiced here. Varanasi is home to the Benares Hindu University and has a long association with the study of Indic and Buddhist thought. The Ganges River, most sacred of Indian rivers and a goddess in her own right, has been a place of worship, cleansing and pilgrimage for millennia.
By moving in a small group, and with our local friends, you will be taken into twisting laneways deeper and deeper within the city, places of legends (that will be told ), temples high above the Ganges and tiny cave like shrines below.
We will stay together in a peaceful, humble guest house on the banks of the Ganges River. The guest house is light and spacious with common sitting and dining areas. The rooms, each with a bathroom, are basic, fresh and comfortable. The guest house is beautifully maintained throughout.
Daily brunch, includes delicious home made yogurt, all the usual favorites and a few new ones too. Fresh fruit and herbal teas available across the day. Some other meals and light refreshments will also be included. There is a cook in the guest house and there are several restaurant options close by. The week will commence with a welcome dinner and special guests from a local music academy. Optional yoga is also available within the guest house in its own Yoga Shalla. Ayurveda consultations, remedies and massages are also available on request at an extra cost to the practitioner.
The price is $1500.00 AUD for twin share and $1700.00 AUD for a private room (limited number available). This includes all photography workshops and individual technical support, accommodation, airport transfers and organised daily activities (eg, yoga and boat rides), as well as daily brunch, welcome dinner and some other meals as per the program. Flights are not included. We can assist you with all travel arrangements, online visas and all India domestic flight bookings on request. We have also secured the services of a private boat and boatman, at your leisure.
Our host, Katrina, from Big Sista Adventures, has almost forty years of experience travelling to and living in India; speaks passable Hindi and has a deep cultural understanding of that magical land. She has taken care of all the details to ensure that your stay with us in Varanasi is rich and rewarding. Step beyond the tourist layer to discover the delights and complexities that make up the colourful tapestry of life in Varanasi, India.
Jacqui has been a professional photographer for 10 years and director of Camera Story for the past 7. She has returned to India many times to document the lives, faith, culture and landscape of the people of Jammu and Kashmir region. Her book, Journey Through Paradise, (Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu) was published in India in 2013. Photography completely transformed her perception of the world and gave her a beautiful way to interact with her fellow humans, she loves sharing her knowledge so people can also have this experience.
Sarah is a professional photographer, Gallery Coordinator at the Perth Centre for Photography and director of Camera Story. Her experience with photography spans over a 10 year period. Sarah has travelled and photographed extensively in India and Bangladesh and is passionate about sharing stories and human experiences through the medium of photography.