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Venice - ‘An astonishing architectural...


Date: 28th January - 01st February 2017

Deposit: £300.00

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It is difficult to imagine that a collection of men, originating as legend has it from Illyria, chose to initiate the building of the settlement that would become Venice upon the most feeble of island foundations: marsh, mud and silt! The true early origins of this highly improbable city are hard to corroborate as fable and fact are woven through its early history. The Venice we see today is a city that could so easily be a product of one’s imagination and this magical place conveys to today’s visitor much of what might have been seen and experienced over the last millennium and a half.

Venice was once Europe’s supreme trading republic with the most powerful navy in the Adriatic. The republic’s great wealth led to the construction of some of Europe’s finest architecture, from the Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance periods. Nowhere else can one see such a remarkable medley of architectural styles, and this, along with the city’s 410 bridges, will present a never-ending series of opportunities to the photographic eye.

Visiting Venice for the first time many people feel that they have already travelled here in their imaginations. Literature, painting and, latterly, the cinema have all contributed to embedding the city’s mythical nature into our minds.

For early risers amongst our party, a fine dawn across the Piazza San Marco will both abide in the memory and become a fabulous image. Nothing could be more poetic than to stand on the Rialto Bridge looking westwards in the winter months as the soft evening sun reflects and radiates in slippery golden ribbons across the black lacquer of the gondola prow.

Away from the splendours of this captivating city, nowhere could be more contrasting than the delightful island of Burano. On a sunny day the houses, with their toy town appearance, colourfully reminiscent of liquorice allsorts, spill their wiggling reflections into the canals providing the photographer with tantalising imagery.

Venice is surely made for photography!

This is an intensive workshop making images of the wonderful Venetian architecture, canals and gondolas led by photographers Phil Malpas and Clive Minnitt.

Your Tutors

Clive Minnitt

Clive Minnitt

Long term Light & Land devotee, Clive Minnitt is one of our most experienced leaders. Photography became his passion following a two and a half year back-packing adventure around the world during the late 1980’s. His love of the outdoors coupled...


Phil Malpas

Phil Malpas

Phil Malpas is a freelance photographer, educator and writer living in Swindon in the south west of the United Kingdom. Phil's first book "Capturing Colour" was published in November 2007 and has been translated into a number of languages for sale...



  • As leaders go Clive and Phil made this trip one of the best weeks of my life. Their attention to detail is superb and each one offers so much to the well being of the group. Evenings are fun with everyone feeling a part of the group. Phil's technical expertise marries well with Clive's eye for a picture and the two make a formidable team. Well done to Light and Land for another wonderful week of photography and fun

  • When my friends and colleagues asked me about my trip, I beamed and said "Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!". In such a short space of time, I learned so much about photography, composition, my camera and learning to take my time and slow down. The time you spent with me refining my composition and getting the settings rights on my camera was much appreciated. Thank you so much, Clive, for lending me your tripod whilst mine was out of action - that was so kind of you and ensured I didn't miss out on the photo opportunities. Both of you give so much to the course and it shows in so many ways. Nothing is too much trouble and you are always on hand to help. You make a great team. Now I understand why so many people return on your trips - I will be coming again!!

  • I cannot recommend Phil and Clive highly enough. I had a fantastic time with them in Cuba in 2012 and this trip was no different. Their enthusiasm is highly infectious, everything is carefully planned, allowing us access to locations you would miss as an ordinary tourist, and they provide as much or as little guidance as requested. They work really well as a double act and I can honestly say I haven't laughed so much in ages, or come back as enthusiastic about photography as I have from these trips. We had pretty awful weather in Venice but that did not matter at all, as Phil and Clive were quick to adapt the itinerary and with their help we gelled as a group and took on the challenge. Can't wait to go on my next Phil&Clive trip!

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  • 28th January - 01st February 2017

    Fully Booked

  • USD - $1750.46 / Deposit: $389.28

    EUR - €1556.75 / Deposit: €346.20

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  • 4

  • Single accommodation, breakfasts, airport transfers from recommended flight, tuition.

  • International flights, lunches, dinners, water bus pass, insurance

  • VEN28

  • English

  • Moderate Exertion Moderate Exertion

    Moderate - These tours involve some walking, perhaps sometimes in towns, or on well developed trails. There may be a limited amount of uphill walking.

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