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KINGDOM OF SILENCE

25th January- 1st February 2020

Places available

 
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 MAIN DETAILS

  • Place: Lapland, Finland

  • Dates: 25th January - 1st February 2020

  • Places Available

  • Group size: 4p (min) to 6p (max)

  • Price: 3'900 CHF

  • Deposit: 1’500 CHF

  • Single room in luxury wooden chalet

  • All meals included

  • Exertion Level: Moderate

  • Photo level: All

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THE KINGDOM OF SILENCE

25th Jan - 1st Feb 2020

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A WINTER WONDERLAND

In winter, the boreal forest of the Finnish Lapland becomes a surrea­listic kingdom of silence, where trees turn into sculptures, the sun skims the horizon and the northern lights paint the skies. Nowhere else is winter as magical as here. 

Our Photo Immersion trip will coincide with the peak of the auroral activity and with the full moon. During a whole week, we will photograph the otherworldly trees of the boreal forest encrusted with ice and snow, rock canyons, frozen lakes and rivers­ and northern lights in two of the most amazing national parks of the Finnish Lapland.

This will be an all Inclusive Photo Immersion trip conducted personally by Rafael Rojas and his partner Anca Minican. During the entire week we will be based at our exclusive and comfortable log house, from where we will be able to easily reach all our chosen photographic areas and adapt ourselves to the different weather and light conditions. 

It will be here too where we will be able to discuss photography in front of a convivial­ log fire in the evenings, and relax in our sauna after a magical day of winter photography.

In winter, the boreal forest of the Finnish Lapland becomes a surrea­listic kingdom of silence, where trees turn into sculptures, the sun skims the horizon and the northern lights paint the skies.
 

Highlights of this Trip

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Photograph the eerie figures of the spruce trees, turned into a my­riad of surrealistic ice and frost sculptures, under a varying range of light conditions and moods. This is surely something you will never have seen before.

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We will photograph two national parks in many different weather and light conditions. We will work with wide and intimate landscapes, night scenes, simplicity and minimalism, details, etc

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Photograph the moon rising over an endless expanse of boreal forest under the magical light of dusk.

LEADERS OF THE TRIP

RAFAEL ROJAS

Rafael Rojas (Master Hasselblad 2014, MA Photography, ARPS) is a Swiss-Spanish fine art photographer, author and lecturer whose work frequently focuses on concepts like time, decay and renewal, the raw latent energy found in the landscape and the ephemeral qualities of existence. He strives to encapsulate concept, emotion and spirituality in his work.    

Rafael has been involved in teaching since he was in his teens, and well before he took a camera for the first time. First helping out young students, then teaching undergrads and later on as a University lecturer. Nowadays, as a full time professional photographer, lecturer, author and creativity mentor, he deeply enjoys helping other photographers grow as artists, slow down and look at the world with different eyes.

He is the founder of the online Photo School "Photography with Intent", a unique, comprehensive and structured one year course devoted to the whole photographic process from message to print.

Rafael is also co-owner and co-director of “Platinum Press Editions”, an independent finer art photography publishing company devoted to the creation of photography books of the highest quality.

Rafael speaks English, French, Spanish, Romanian and Italian.

ANCA MINICAN

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Anca Minican, the partner of Rafael Rojas, provides a very special touch to all our photographic workshops and trips.  Trained as an architect, she is a true lover of nature and the wilderness and always accompanies Rafael on his photographic expeditions all over the planet. 

Her broad experience in the corporate world, her professionalism and her methodical and serious approach make her a valuable asset for the organization, on-site logistics and the support to customers during our workshops and photographic trips. She also plays a key role in the team building and knows how to create an amicable environment with a personal touch as all our clients can testify! 

Anca is co-owner and co-founder of “Platinum Press Editions”, an exclusive editorial house specialized in the creation of unique fine art photography books of the highest quality. She is also part of the management staff of the Photo School “Photography with Intent”.

She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian.

FURTHER DETAILS

 
 

 

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TOP OF THE CLASS

Small groups, all inclusive, daily critique sessions and full support by two leaders

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All inclusive. All included. All first class.

Single Occupancy accommodation in a luxurious log house rented as a whole just for our group, sauna, all meals, three course dinners, two leaders, small group... What else can you ask for? We might even invite Santa to tag along!   

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Matching light and mood with the place

We were some of the first to organize photographic trips to the Finnish Lapland and know the place like the back of our hand. We will take you to some of the most intimate, hidden and magical places of the area.

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Learning with the best

One of the main activities of Rafael Rojas is teaching, writing and lecturing about creative and expressive landscape photography. As a former university lecturer, founder of the online PhotoSchool "Photography with Intent" and monthly columnist for several magazines, Rafael will surely help you go home being a better photographer.

 
 

THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

 
For those looking for a warm, friendly, fun, inspiring and photographically stimulating trip with exceptional people and one of the best landscape photographers anywhere, one need look no further.
— David Driman, Canada
 
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COME WITH US!

 
 
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain
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