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Puglia Photography Tour
23rd - 28th Sep, 2020 - AVAILABLE
Tutored by Sam Gregory and
£1899.00 pp / Deposit -£200.00
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At the heel of Italy, Puglia is an untapped gem for photographers. Its long history as a melting pot of wealthy civilisation during the Greek, Roman and Baroque times, coupled with its fertile soil, extensive coastline and unique trulli architecture that is still lived in today, makes Puglia a truly exceptional destination.
Remarkably, our photography tour of Puglia will include two UNESCO world heritage sites within just over an hour's drive of each other. We have chosen to visit Puglia during the olive harvest which is a time when tourists are scarce, the countryside is mellowed by late summer/autumn shades, the weather is mild and the light is fantastic with long shadows even at midday.
Our Puglia tour leader will be Sam Gregory, a landscape and fine art photographer based on the south coast of England in beautiful Dorset. His work has featured in various publications locally and nationally and been used by multiple organisations including The National Trust. Sam’s partner is Italian and as such he has spent a great deal of time in Italy exploring the landscape, learning the language and enjoying the food!
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At a Glance
Puglia Photography Tour - Puglia Landscape Photography
At the heel of Italy, Puglia is an untapped gem for photographers. Its long history as a melting pot of wealthy civilisation during the Greek, Roman and Baroque times, coupled with its fertile soil, extensive coastline and unique trulli architecture that is still lived in today, makes Puglia a truly exceptional destination. Remarkably, our photography tour of Puglia will include two UNESCO world heritage sites within just over an hour's drive of each other. We have chosen to visit Puglia during the olive harvest which is a time when tourists are scarce, the countryside is mellowed by late summer/autumn shades, the weather is mild, and the light is fantastic with long shadows even at midday.
Our photography tour will be a rich mix of landscape and architecture including classic views and alternative image making opportunities. From the fertile fields of central Puglia, dotted with the entrancing cone-topped round trullis, huge olive trees gnarled over hundreds of years and small vineyards, to the Greek-looking whitewashed hilltop and coastal villages with their narrow alleyways and often crumbling features. Our days will be filled with an unusual variety of subject matters and photography opportunities. We will explore a trogledyte city that clings to its rocky defensive location and that is still, in parts, just as it was left when abandoned in the 1950's. We will also have chance to visit charming coastal locations and explore various techniques to create fresh imagery including long exposure, ICM and multiple exposures.
We will be driven around our carefully chosen Puglian locations in a small private coach and will be using two comfortable hotels as our base during the week. Our first base is just 20 minutes from Bari airport, and yet is an idyllic coastal hideaway that feels as though time has forgotten. Our hotel is in the heart of the Old Town in a stylishly converted Benedictine Monastery from where you can hear the waves crashing on the shores just yards from the Hotel's front door. Our second hotel will be in the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its over 1,000 trullis straddling cobbled narrow streets. This incredible town offers so many photographic opportunities that we wanted you to stay right in its heart so that you could make the most of it.
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“Puglia in Southern Italy is a region I had never visited before - and it is wonderful. The week's trip was a joy from start to finish. Two of the finest coaches I have ever come across Peter Hendrie and Paul Sanders were attentive but not intrusive and of course very experienced as both photographers and tutors. They were also very friendly and approachable. We stayed in 2 hotels - 3 days in one and then 4 days in the other. Both were clean and well managed, with more than adequate facilities. The weather helped to make the week so good - perfect for the whole week. Our coaches took us to interesting locations and I got some great [I think] pictures. In the evenings we went to different restaurants to eat and had some outstanding food. A super bonus for the trip was that in one of the locations where we stayed there was a festival running and the streets were festooned with some hugely impressive lights. All in all I would unreservedly recommend this trip to all!” - Peter Fortune, October 2016.
I have been on Light and Land one day workshops and a tour before so knew that they were very good. I did not really know what to expect from a tour of Puglia before I went but I was not disappointed. The photography locations we visited were varied and interesting. The food and wine were excellent and very good value. The hotels were both in excellent locations, the first one being outstanding in every respect, the second one also good although understandably not quite to the standard of the first one. The tutor Sam Gregory was brilliant. He was very organised, and went above and beyond in making sure that everything ran smoothly and easily for everyone. On previous tours the tutors have made themselves available to answer questions as and when required, but Sam made the effort to provide teaching at every available opportunity to anyone who cared to take advantage of his insights into photography and photo editing. I learned a lot on this tour and find myself looking differently at my own pictures and the landscape around me since I got back.
It was an excellent tour (one of the best we've been on), which we would thoroughly recommend. Plenty of opportunity to photograph the iconic buildings of the area (the Trullis) as well as the little towns and harbours. Sam was a first-class leader manging to achieve a perfect blend of help when needed (including ideas for post-processing the images) and freedom to take images unhindered. He was also great at the logistics of the tour: the driving, parking, and choosing places to eat and drink, so that we were able to sample the best of Puglia. The location of both hotels was perfect enabling us to take dawn and dusk pictures (and experience the fiesta in Alberello) within easy walking distance.
The tour was well organised and thought out. Sam was very helpful in his critiques and helped me to find good material in what at first appeared to me as disappointing. Visiting Alberobello during the two saints festival was a great idea. There were plenty of opportunities for street photography, and the hotel was well situated for enjoying the festival, and also walking out to the Trulli. The hotel in Giovinazzo was a little gem, as was the town itself. We enjoyed great food and wine throughout. The only comments would be, firstly, there is a lot to see in what is effectively a four day visit. Lecce is apparently a great baroque city and it would have been nice to visit. Also, we were heavily concentrated on architecture and towns, and a bit of time to see the countryside and possibly the mountains would have been nice. However, within the scope of the four days, we covered a lot of ground, all of which was fascinating and great material for photography. A couple more days would have been well used I am sure.
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