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My first tour of 2023 in Georgia! An exciting destination for photography as it offers beautiful landscapes and stunning soviet architecture with delicious food that caters to all tastes. This trip is a great opportunity for you to improve your photography, explore your creativity and at the same time discover an amazing country.
I work only with experienced & knowledgeable drivers to provide transport to each of our photography locations and this is included and provided alongside all overnight accommodation. I take care of all the bookings, so you can relax and take in our stunning surroundings as well as focus on your photography.
The tour also comes complete with a trip into Tbilisi, where we photograph some of the relics from a by-gone era, look around the old town before we complete the trip, and in no better way, but to eat & drink – as we provide a “wine & food” extravaganza in the capital.
THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT – PLEASE EMAIL ME TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST: INFO@JAMESKERWIN.UK – ALTERNATIVELY, I HAVE ANOTHER SET OF DATES IN SEPTEMBER 2023 (with Greg Snell) and 2024.
We will be hunting out great image opportunities, following a tour route that I have designed entirely from the ground up. We seek out a mix of interiors and architecture as well as iconic Georgian locations that I have researched or previously visited.
Here are a few of the possible examples – a more comprehensive guide shall be sent in the welcome pack:
The Italian courtyards of Tbilisi
Two derelict houses of culture
A disused cinema in Tbilisi
The interiors of the former sanatorium town of Tskaltubo
A stunning former theatre in central Tbilisi
Abandoned mansions in the mountains
The hidden architecture of Tbilisi
Permission visit to a stunning village hall in Western Georgia.
Both rural & cityscape locations from East to West.
We visit Magnolia film lab, located in Fabrika (Tbilisi), where we have a session editing and then preparing one of YOUR images ready for print, we also discuss techniques/and printing methods. Finally – as a gift from your trip I then despatch these out to your home (a gift from your time with us!)
*Note: The itinerary in Georgia is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables.
The sanatoriums of Tskaltubo, a town in the west is one of the most interesting places to visit in Georgia. The place is distinguished and although it has received a lot of footfall during 2019 – there is a reason why – the architecture is stunning and beautiful.
At the country’s heart is Tbilisi, a capital with an old town of elegantly dilapidated wooden balcony houses, an alternative arts scene, stylish cafes. We spend some time in the cobblestoned old town, and your camera won’t be stuck for subjects to shoot – that I can promise.
LOST CULTURE HOUSES
Dotted throughout Georgia, there are lost and neglected Houses Of Culture. These are a left over relic from the soviet era – a place in every town, village and city where people used to go to watch theatre, play games or just chat over a glass of Saperavi.
LOCATION TO PORTFOLIO TO PRINT
My photography, travel, and adventure tours are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography and meet like-minded people. From beginners looking to understand the basics and improve, through to advanced photographers searching for great locations to rekindle or feed their enthusiasm and inspiration. The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being outdoors, whilst leaving inspired to take photos for your own photography portfolio.
However, during our adventure, I can help you, should you require this guidance – and talk you through the key elements to producing a great image. Key elements such as post-processing techniques, composition, and subject choice as well as timing and light.
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Some elements of this trip will require walking and sometimes over rough ground – so be sure to bring proper walking boots or other outdoor footwear.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING ALONG?
- There could be storms, or it may be raining at points so maybe bring a raincoat.
- Walking boots.
- Lots of spare batteries (as they will soon run flat) and memory cards.
- A sturdy tripod – 99% of my work is shot using a tripod (a loan could be arranged if you tell me in advance.
- Manual for your camera.
- Laptop for editing during the week (if interested/mentioned in the tour listed).
- Power adaptor(s).
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Any personal expenses/gifts for friends etc.
- Alcohol costs – accept where stated in the welcome pack.
- Travel Insurance.
- Photography Insurance.
- Some food might not be included – check welcome pack for details.
- International air tickets – See “how do I fly” section for more information on flights.
- Visa fees (if applicable) – but I can offer advice or assistance.
- Photography equipment, although some hire can be arranged through James in advance.
HOW DO I FLY TO THE DESTINATION?
Since the global pandemic hit us all in Spring 2020 – huge changes have hit the travel industry and multiple airlines/carriers have changed routes/destinations. My best advice is to look on Skyscanner – but also don’t rule out looking on airlines sites directly for flights, such as on Ryanair, Pegasus or Middle Eastern Airlines. Sometimes deals don’t pop up on sites like Skyscanner and things are changing/improving daily – Wizz air for instance had lots of options change in mid 2020 – but have said they are revising routes daily throughout the rest of 2020.
I would also STRONGLY advise booking directly with airlines for the foreseeable future – as should the worst happen, you would stand in a better position to get a refund or to make a claim through your insurance firm. In other words – don’t book with firms that act like agencies (Lastminute.com) etc.
For this trip please check with me if you are ensure which airport to fly into or out of. If unsure, please email me on email@example.com.