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Group Lost & Found images and comments Bahia September 015

This morning I wanted to share the September gallery of our soulful workshop in Bahia. As I was writing the other day we just gathered without knowing for sure all the reasons and spiritual things started happening beyond photography and words. How else can I explain that half class will be reuniting again in Peru Sacred Valley in May of next year? Enjoy the journey.
I’ll see some of you also in Bahia Calvin Chen. Only the ones who are meant to return to continue doing their work will return! A huge thank you to carnalito Juan De la Cruz for making it possible! Big hug to you all. EB

Posted in Bahia Workshops

Looking forward to returning to my beloved Bahia early next year to teach

This morning I’d like to share the wonderful work that my students have done in Bahia this year. I’ll share the links to the two galleries of the groups A Gringalhada and Beer Emergency for you to see each student’s images and to read their comments on the experience. I’ll also share with you the intro I wrote for the group Lost & Found that I taught last September. We are hoping to get the images up on the students’gallery ASAP.

I hope you will enjoy looking at the soulful work. EB

I’m in Bahia. I feel the dry sea salt in my lips and around my eyes. I love to have returned to this land that has such a special place in my soul. My wanderlust here continues thanks to my students!
I love the group that destiny has sent my way: a wonderful combination of old and new students.
As always, I’ll lead them to gouge the entrails of this city of lights and shadows, where destiny brought me ten years ago for the first time, for no apparent reason. Now, I know why! It has been a boon to shoot here after the tragic departure from Cuba. It bespeaks of what was in store for me although I didn’t know it back then.
My photographic life would have been much harder without Bahia!

I take the group to the market of Sao Joaquim, the core of afro-brazilian culture where people come for fresh produces to prepare their daily food impregnated with African flavors like dendè oil and fierce spices. The market is no longer what it used to be when I first set foot here. A stupid World Cup has prompted a face-lift that has partially wiped out its raw, ancient past. It’s now a shadow of what it used to look like, but some sections have been partially spared, they still linger there precariously. I invite my students to look for those special moments, not only for the sheer beauty of the place, but also for its wondrous people both sellers and buyers that crowd the market daily and provide its magical atmosphere.
David says:”It’s my kind of place. I could stay here forever!” I smile back.
After a couple of hours we move to Bomfin by taking a bus under the scorching afternoon light. Packed like sardines we enjoy the ride.
We take a break at the restaurant with the beautiful view and share bolinhos, moqueca and beers.
We then explore the beautiful, spacious church of the Senhor de Bonfin with its area of ex-voto for answered prayers. Myriad pictures plastered on the walls, wax limbs, eyes, breast hanging from the ceiling. We all try to extricate the essence form this apparent visual chaos.

With Calvin, David, Elke, Frank, Linda, Mark, Monica, Sandra, Santiago and Tamar we travel to Itaparica island to finally photograph the celebrations in the abandoned church for El Señor de Vera Cruz. It’s amazing what we manage to see and photograph. Lit candles everywhere. Children running in and out of the decrepit walls that nature with its vigorous roots has spared from oblivion. Bent images of the Virgin rest next to small clay-figurines of saints. What a spectacle!

The group is gelling in a beautiful way. We have very intense editing sessions; we look at some of the students’ past work. We do taut selections, strip all superfluous images from their projects. I show the dummy of my family for the first time. Each student takes it and study each night and then gives me feedback the next day. I learn a lot from it.
And we eat well every night at the Italian restaurant by the beautiful, fine sandy beach next to the posada where we are staying. Along with the food we have our favorite drink: caipirinha. We will continue to do so all along the workshop. Ruben, the caipirinha king, will prepare the most unforgettable ones for us as we smile, embrace, cry and engage in many soulful conversations! And then, there are the therapeutic hugs that my sweet Sandra dispenses to all of us daily. She teaches what a good hug can do. They accord so much closeness, they brake barriers, they show that life can be simple and beautiful. They are wonderfully addictive and we all need them. I’m seriously considering hiring her in each single workshop! Jaja!

We finally head out to Cachoeira, the colonial town that has become the umbilical chord of my rural work in the Reconcavo Bahiano. Lately, Ive been feeling that the level of intimacy that I’ve been slowly reaching here is coming close to the one I used to enjoy so much in the rural part of Cuba. I’d have never imagined that this could be possible.
A glint of of happiness shines inside my soul. I look at all my students hanging out with some of the families in the villages we are visiting. I like that they are not just photographing, they are interacting, they are sharing life, giving something back: love, care, food.
Through the years, I’ve come to realize that this is the ideal way of taking pictures. I glean it more and more as my life unfolds. I’m happy to have been sharing it with my students. The pictures of our group Lost and Found emote what we all lived. EB

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We got Harald’s images back. Yehaaaa!

It’s with great pleasure to share with all of you that Harald’s images from the recent Day of the Dea 14-day workshop in Oaxaca Sierra Norte are alive again. So happy for you. I share a few as a symbolic toast for all you had to do including taking each one of them. We will be patiently waiting for you to process the film. Enjoy them. EBharald_claessen-12 copy

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Posted in Brazil´s Workshop 2012

My first Post


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 This is my first blog as I’m learning to use wordpress. I’m happy to be home after a long month in Peru teaching two amazing workshops with my wonderful students and my Sissy.

Finally resurfacing from deep into the Peruvian Amazon with my students. Iquitos feels like Paris as we devour our quinua tabule with salmon. More later of this amazing experience in my view probably the best workshop I taught in 13 years of teaching. Wait to see what images all the students took. EB



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Easter Week and Naples 2014











I’m pleased to announce that the galleries for both the Easter and the Naples workshops, 2014 are up. I hope you will enjoy them and share them  with friends. EB



Posted in Bazan Photos Workshops - Italy