Day 1: Lanes of Varanasi
Meeting point: Hotel Alka Residency
Time: 9:00 am
Duration: 8 hours
Day 2: Ganges River Promenade
Meeting point: Hotel Alka Residency
Time: 30 minutes prior to official sunrise
Duration: 3 hours
Who is this for? Passionate photographers
Price: 900 Euros for single individual
500 Euros per person for groups of 2-7
I visualize Varanasi as three zones. The first comprises of the city itself, its busy streets. The second zone is its most famous: the promenade along the Ganges River where a good majority of the images representing Varanasi are taken by photographers from around the world. Google ‘Varanasi’ under the ‘images’ search and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
The third zone to me, is the most fascinating: the lanes of Varanasi. This narrow band of exploration has been the most exciting aspect of my trips to this magical city. If there could be a last frontier, then it's surely in her lanes, those arterial paths many photographers neglect because they're only an end to a means, a point A to point B journey, nothing more.
The lanes oftentimes appear otherworldly. A couple hours prior to sunset, some of the spaces are outright dark and in extreme contrast to the sunlight which could be filtering down a few feet away. And while I've never been a fan of shooting in low light situations, there seems to be just enough of it to help out many of the images I've captured here. I continue to be enthralled by the rich greens and blues in the vendors’ shops. Captured at the right moment and you’ll have yourself a work of art.
For me the lanes of Varanasi are the lifeblood and foundation of everything that transpires down on the Ganges River, where most photographers focus their energies. The lanes are where many of the locals live and conduct business, and where we photographers perch ourselves like vultures to descend on the already well-picked bones of imagery advertising Ganges river life along the promenade below.
Not that I’m immune to the charms of this epic and majestic river! There’s nothing I love more than to scout locations prior to sunrise and photograph the morning rituals of locals with the almost mesmerized faces of visitors. That’s why I’m including a three hour sunrise tour along the Ganges River as a Day 2 conclusion to this experience: whether we know or not, rubies and sapphires are really the same gem apart from their colors. We already know of the Ganges River, our ruby. We shouldn’t neglect all the colors offered by the lesser-appreciated lanes of Varanasi.
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"I did a workshop with Craig in December 2017. He is an excellent photographer and guide and was really helpful in showing me around the city of Mumbai. His local knowledge is second to none and he knows some excellent locations to help capture some really great images of the real Mumbai." – Paul Reynolds
“I had a workshop with Craig on Wednesday Morning. It was an enjoyable session and took in the sunset at the Worli Fort, it’s an interesting part of Mumbai with a view one the old and the new. The people are especially approachable and welcoming. We visited the Bandra and Juhu fishing villages where life has continued for years in spite of the changes that continue with Bandra.
Craig’s local knowledge is a key asset with the workshop and he is able to retrace his own footsteps though many of the Mumbai streets and fishing villages. Craig’s easygoing style not only ensure a good workshop, but also a good interaction with the people of Mumbai. If you’re interested in Street Photography and want to get some unique snaps from Mumbai out site the tourist areas then Craig’s workshops are essential part of your itinerary.” – David Kolb
“I happened to be staying in Mumbai on business and had a few days free. I'm a street photographer by hobby and thought it would be good to meet a local photographer and get a view of India from the inside. Craig was such a great guide, showing me parts of the city that a tour group would never have taken me to. Being just one on one was a definite advantage, I could follow my eye and move where I saw great images, Craig was committed to getting me the shots I wanted. As a collaborator as well, Craig was fantastic, always willing to give input or camera technique advice. Having someone like Craig with you while shooting will only make your images better, whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter. I highly recommend seeing the city of Mumbai and shooting on the streets with Craig!” – Rob Krauss
“Thank you, Craig for a very interesting and informative workshop. I appreciated your input on how you approach street and travel photography and suggestions/guidance on how I may be able to apply these to improve my photography. Your local Mumbai knowledge of some of the out of the way spots also resulted in some great material. Again, thanks and I will keep in touch.” – Phil Duval