Magical Lower Silesia is the only workshop we offer that is not directly about historical photographic methods. It is just that we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to offer a photographic experience as unique as this one.
Lower Silesia – a magical place, full of mysteries and unbelievable history. It is probably the richest region in Poland when it comes to both enchanting landscapes and historical monuments. A place where the golden train was hidden, where miles of underground tunels were dug, where the treasures of Warsaw, Cracow, Poznań and other Polish cities where hidden. Treasures still undiscovered. Lower Silesia is the land over which the Śnieżka mountain with its mythical Karkonosz towers, the land of the magnificient Książ Castle with the ghost of Princess Daisy von Pless who still guards the place where her necklace of pearls is hidden.
Lower Silesia is the land of gothic churches, medieval castles, baroque palaces. It is the Polish counterpart of the Loara Valley, none the poorer when it comes to the amount of magnificient architecture. Lower Silesia is the place which just must be photographed in order to document, preserve the beauty of its architecture, often on the way to being irretrievalby lost. Lower Silesia is a special place, a region where the cosmopolitan Wrocław stands next to the post mining town of Wałbrzych with the only church made of cork in Europe. A land of the Owl Mountains full of WW2 mysteries and the Kłodzko Valley with the oldest stone bridge in Poland (in Kłodzko) and of the spas with tasty mineral waters. A land of the Table Mountains where Prince Kaspian roamed in the Tales from Narnia and of the little towns and villages like Chełmsko Śląskie, where time seems to have gone to sleep, where it is enough to close your eyes to see cisterian wagons filled with linnen. Lower Silesia is a magical land of the ancient Slavs with the holy mountain Ślęża where you can still find prehistoric sculptures and hear the witches sing at night. Lower Silesia is a place full of sanctuaries, the goal of countless pilgrimages and of Calvaries where time stopped in the 19th century. Lower Silesia is the land of Cisterians who left their treasures there, to whom we owe the monastery in Lubiąż or the Abbotry in Henrykowo (it was in the books from Henrykowo where the first sentence in Polish was written). It is the land of the breathtaking Churches of Peace where cantatas are still sung during mass.
Lower Silesia is a place that simply has to be visited, experienced, whose history has to be learnt and which, first of all, needs to be preserved in photographs.
We offer the only, unique photographic experience in this magical land. As photographers we know every beautiful (or not so beautiful but enchanting) place there as well as its history. During our field trip we will not only photograph the place intensively, but also discover the deepest secrets of Lower Silesia.
During the week long trip, under supervision of experienced photographers Eugenisz Nurzyński and Radosław Brzozowski with our guide and master organizer Małgorzata Bardoń, an unrivalled expert on the region, we will visit the most interesting and photographically promising locations in Lower Silesia, such as Chełmsko Śląskie, Książ Castle, Wałbrzych, Szczawno Zdrój, Błędne Skały, Grodno Castle, Kłodzko, Świdnica or the magical Bystrzyca Kłodzka. In practice this translates into a very intensive time indeed, with early brakfasts, late suppers, filled with opportunities to take magical pictures.
The following are provided:
- two instructors (at least one with fluent command of English),
- breakfasts and dinners,
- transportation (from the meeting place at the railroad station in Wrocław until the end of the trip in Wrocław),
- unique knowledge about the region we are photographing,
- precise information on the most interesting objects in each of the locations,
- welcome package including location maps,
A field workshop means maximum amount of practice. There will be no multi-hour lectures or presentations; instead we offer hands on practice in the field during which our instructors will be available for the participants at all times. Once we are done taking pictures for the day, there will, of course, be time to take a look at the results, discuss the experience and draw conclusions for the days to come.
Maximum number of participants: 15
Price: 700 eu. For those participants who book before July 15th 2016 we offer a reduced price of 640 eu.
Maximum number of participants: 15
Language: English and Polish
Date: August 21-27 , 2017.
Location: Lower Silesia, Poland
Meeting Place: Wrocław, Poland
Nearest airport: Wrocław, Poland
Places we are going to photograph during the trip:
Chełmsko Śląskie – known from Marcin Sauter’s movie “North of Kalabria”, once famous for flax weavers, full of amazing though delapidated historical buildings that will soon be no more. This is also the town where you will find the famous Twelve Apostles – twelve wooden buildings which used to belong to weavers and now house, among others, a small museum and a lovely little cafeteria.Zamek Książ – The third biggest castle in Poland with a huge park (over thirty square kilometres), a stalion stable and glass houses established a hundred years ago by Princess Daisy von Pless. Wałbrzych – In one word a post mining town, a natural scenography for award winning movies, a town of amazing and yet ruined architecture, full of ghosts (or rather ghost like people) and at the same time one of the fastest changing cities in Poland, a place that needs to be photographed when it is still what it is now. Personally, probably the biggest mine of ideas I have ever seen. Szczawno Zdrój – one of the magical little towns/resorts developed around healing waters with all the typical infrastructure and architecture. Once o hugely affluent place with monumental architecture (Dom Zdrojowy was the model for Grand Hotel in Sopot), Ann’s tower from 1818, theatre and mineral water Anka.
Nowa Ruda – Another post mining town on our way. It has rich architecture, often a number of centuries old though it is now covered with years’ worth of neglect. A magical and hugely photogenic town, especially in its current state of dilapidation.
Wambierzyce – (one of the best known sanctuaries in Poland and Germany), a basilica with impressive stairs, Calvary, and a unique, clockwork nativity show (available at extra charge). In addition; a charming little town.
Błędne Skały – a real treat for landscape photographers. www.pngs.com.pl
Kłodzko – The 18th century fortress, the oldest gothic stone bridge in Poland, the sculptures of the saints, the small river that in the past killed dozens, the gondollas and first of all the fantastic town with its old barracks, beautiful churches. Large parts of it still lie in ruins (looking like WW2 scenography) after the transformation which makes it a special opportunity for photographers
Bystrzyca Kłodzka – a town which still keeps its medieval outline with buildings growing out of fortifications. One of the most beautiful cityscapes in Poland, beautiful streets, towers, even an original medieval pillory. Scenery for numerous Polish films
Wrocław – Wrocław, a town that needs no introduction, one of the most beautiful and well known towns in Poland, soon to be the European Cultural Capital. A town with hundreds of years of tradition combining things Polish with German and Jewish.
The Owl Mountains – full of WW2 mysteries, the home of the Nazi Riese project, the oldest mountains in Poland.
We are proud to say that an exhibition of photographs taken during our first field trip in Lower Silesia was shown in the Książ Castle as well as museum in Bystrzyca Kłodzka and the Tricity School of Photography in Gdynia.