Join us for 7 days and 7 nights of street, nature, architecture, and history photography with Richard Bram in London and Cornwall, U.K.
Full Fare: $4199 (£3108)
Companion Fare: $2500 (£1850)
(open to non-photographer companions, and includes all items in regular fares except photographers/instructor activities)
SxSE offers interest-free monthly payments. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in this option.
WHILE WE’RE THERE:
The daily temperature in London and Cornwall mid-August is a high of 66, with a low of 57, perfect for city walks, hiking the cliffs, and touring the villages, with occasional rain showers. Weather info for Cornwall may be found here.
Sunrise is @6 am and Sunset is @8 pm
Included in Full Fare:
Airport Transfers London and Cornwall
Hotels in London and Cornwall. NOTE: All hotel accommodations are for double occupancy. You will share a room with another participant. All rooms have twin beds and en suite baths. If you would prefer a private room that can be arranged for an additional $750 (£551). Please contact email@example.com if interested in this option.
Sunday’s Welcome Dinner of fine British cuisine at a neighborhood restaurant.
Full English Breakfasts daily at the hotels
Underground Oyster card for subway travel around London Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Airport coach to Gatwick and Flight from London to Newquay Airport, Cornwall, on Wednesday, the 15th.
Coach and driver in Cornwall from Wednesday the 15th through return to Newquay airport on 18th.
Entrance fee to St. Michael’s Mount
Tickets to the Minack Theatre production of Wolf Hall on Thursday, the 16th, 8pm
Touring of the South Coast of Cornwall and the North Coast of Cornwall on Thursday and Friday, 16th & 17th in private coach.
Flight from Newquay, Cornwall to London on Saturday, the 18th.
Field photo sessions. Note: some of these may be sunrise or sunset, and some may require a degree of hiking, climbing, and duration. We will strive to arrange locations where there are suitable benches/cafes for taking a small break. In Cornwall we will have a private coach with us where you can take a break, also.
Welcome gathering at the hotel in London where Richard Bram will introduce us to his work, and we will discuss the finer points of where we’ll be and what we’ll be shooting
Group critiques of our work produced during the workshop on the afternoon of Saturday, the 18th before returning to London.
Saturday’s Farewell Luncheon in St. Just.
Airport Transfer to Heathrow on Sunday for return flights home.
Not Included in Full Fare:
Airfare to London, England, Heathrow (including costs associated with your departure and arrival from your home airport)
Please Note: airport transfers included in this fare are 1) from Heathrow for arrival/departure London, and 2) Gatwick only for the flights to/from Cornwall.
Meals, with the exception of Welcome Dinner, and Farewell Dinner
Checked luggage over 50 pounds for London/Cornwall and Cornwall/London flights
Passport or Visa Fees (there are no Visas needed for travel from the US to the UK)
Travel Insurance (which we strongly suggest – www.insuremytrip.com offers several options)
Hotel amenities (outside of room and breakfast)
Tips and gratuities for hotel and/or coach services
Sunday, August 12th – London
Arriving on Sunday we’ll begin our 7 day photoadventure in London! We’ll reside in the trendy Bloomsbury district at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Richard Bram will join us Sunday afternoon for a meet-and-greet at the hotel. Richard will share slides and information on his career and work, and we’ll answer questions/discuss where we’re going and what we’ll be shooting. Richard’s bio is below and he will be given as much information as you’d like to share about you beforehand also. Then we’ll hit the city streets for shooting in and around Bloomsbury/British Museum, Holborn, Covent Garden, and perhaps Brick Lane market. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner of fine British cuisine at a neighborhood restaurant to round out our first big day.
Monday, August 13th – London
Meet at hotel at 8:00 and head for City of London a.k.a. The Square Mile shooting business people at Tower of London, rush hour, Bank of England, London Bridge, St. Paul’s, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Globe, Borough Market.
Tuesday, August 14th – London
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, WESTMINSTER, GREEN PARK, BUCKINGHAM PALACE, PICCADILLY CIRCUS …
Wednesday, August 15th – Cornwall
ST. AGNES – GURNARD’S HEAD – JANE CHAPEL – CAPE CORNWALL GOLF AND LEISURE HOTEL
We’ll rise early for a chartered coach that will take us to Gatwick for the 9:35 flight to Newquay, Cornwall. Arriving at 10:45 a chartered coach will pick us up at the Newquay Airport for a ride down the coast to our lodging at Cape Cornwall Golf and Leisure Hotel, one hour outside of St. Just and overlooking the cliffs of the Atlantic.
Along the way our first stop will be in St. Agnes. Designated a World Heritage Site St. Agnes was a prehistoric and modern center for mining of copper, tin, and arsenic until the 1920’s. For those of you who are fans of the PBS series Poldark many of the sites will be familiar.
St Agnes Beacon and the surrounding cliff tops are one of the last remnants of a huge tract of heathland which once spread across Cornwall. This rare and important habitat is internationally recognised for its wealth of wildlife and from late summer onwards comes alive with colour, forming a brilliant yellow and purple patchwork of gorse and heather.
The headland is the site of an Iron Agepromontory fort known as Trereen Dinas (not to be confused with Treryn Dinas). On the cliff-edge, above Treen Cove are the remains of Chapel Jane, which could have been a guild chapel of local fisherman. The earliest pottery dates from 1100 to 1150 AD, but the original simple structure of the chapel is comparable with the tiny chapels of St Helen’s and Teän, on the Isles of Scilly. An association with the adjoining stream which according to local, 19th-century, tradition was regarded as a holy well, could indicate an earlier, possibly 8th-century founding.
To the east of the headland is an engine house belonging to a copper mine, originally known as Treen Copper Mine (before 1821) and later renamed Gurnard’s Head Mine.
Late afternoon we’ll travel the short distance to our the Cape Cornwall Golf and Leisure Club, our home for the next three days.
A cape is defined as a headland where two oceans or channels meet. In the case of Cape Cornwall they are the English Channel and St George’s Channel.
Cape Cornwall is the point at which the Atlantic currents meet and split, either going south to the English Channel, or north to the Bristol Channel and Irish Sea.
There are walks on and around the Cape including the viewpoint in front of the sentinel chimney which has seating to rest and admire the wonderful panorama stretching from the Land’s End to Carn Kenidjack and beyond. Just off shore the Brison Rocks wrecked a number of ships and were also said to have been used as a spartan prison at one time. The rocks are also an important breeding ground for sea birds.
The beach to the south at the base of Cape Cornwall is known as Priest’s Cove and is recorded as having been in use since medieval times. Today it is used by a few fishermen and for the annual swimming races.
There was once a Bronze Age burial site here, beside an earlier Iron Age hill fort. Around the 4th century AD, it was the site of one of the first Christian chapels in west Cornwall, St Helen’s Oratory. The site is now occupied by a ruined farm building. It has been used since the Roman times, and here was found an ancient chi-rho cross. This was lost apparently when a vicar threw it down a well. The cross cemented on to it, is not, apparently, the original, but is one which was found lying nearby.
In the early 20th century, the Cape was owned by Captain Francis Oates, who began his working life at age 12 in Balleswidden mine and worked his way up to be Managing Director of De Beers in South Africa. He eventually returned to west Cornwall, where he built Porthledden House in 1909.
Cape Cornwall is owned by the National Trust, there are a number of very good walks in the area, and the area is preferred to Lands End by most holidaymakers because it is natural and completely free of intrusive commercial activity.
Thursday, August 16TH – Cornwall
MICHEAL’S MOUNT – MOUSEHOLE – MINACK THEATRE
Thursday morning is a free time as we have a late night planned. You might want to take in a hike around the Cape for early morning light, or visit the village of St. Just, one mile down a country road for lunch, shopping, or more shooting.
If birding is your thing this site will keep you up to date on which birds are being seen and where.
Image: Green at St. Just ©geograph.co.uk
We begin the afternoon at ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT. Perched on a granite rock, it was originally an abbey but following the dissolution, it was given to the St Aubyn family who still live here. We’ll visit the historic gardens, castle, and village during the afternoon.
From St. Michael’s Mount we’ll take a short drive to MOUSEHOLE, another picture perfect fishing village nestling the tiny harbour. We’ll head there in late afternoon for dinner and a bit of shooting in the setting sun.
Amongst the hidden coves sits The MINACK THEATRE – is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea (minack from Cornish meynek means a stony or rocky place). Our day will end with us settling onto a grassy level for a performance of Wolf Hall by the Tower Theatre Company.
Friday, August 17th – Cornwall
TINTAGEL – PORT ISAAC – ST. IVES
The NORTH CORNISH COAST is arguably, the best cliff scenery in Britain. Along this route is TINTAGEL. The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table.The current castle was built in the medieval period and whilst it is now a ruin, it again offers some outstanding coastal views.
The fishing village of PORT ISAAC (for Doc Martin fans) will be our stop for lunch and village shooting. Port Isaac’s pier was constructed during the reign of Henry VIII. A 1937 history said, “…Tudor pier and breakwater have now yielded to a strong new sea-wall balanced by an arm on the opposite side of the cove, and we do not doubt that the fishermen sleep more soundly in their beds on stormy nights.”
St Ives also houses the Leach Pottery, where Bernard Leach, and his followers championed Japanese inspired studio pottery. Much of this modernist work can be seen in Tate St Ives. The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens in St. Ives is also a lovely visit.
A few miles north of St Ives, the cliff top has sensational views and rare wildlife.
Saturday, August 18th – Cornwall and London
Cape Cornwall Golf and Leisure – Back to London
In the morning we’ll go back to the spots we missed and begin to put together our 10 favorite images from the trip so far.
FAREWELL LUNCHEON: At noon we’ll gather for a farewell luncheon – either at the hotel or in St. Just. From 1-3 we’ll gather in a private room at the hotel for group critique and one-on-one with each other and Richard. Please bring a flash drive for this exercise!
At 4pm our coach will leave for Newquay Airport and a 7:30 flight back to London. A coach will greet us at Gatwick for the ride into London and to our hotel.
Sunday, August 18th
London and Home
After breakfast at our hotel you will be transferred to Heathrow for our flights home.
For over 30 years, Richard Bram has been restlessly walking the streets of his home towns and the world, quietly producing classic images. Richard is a quintessential Street Photographer, alwayscarrying a camera. His personal work began in black and white, emulating the classic styles of Kertész and Cartier-Bresson, but over time shifted to a more critical approach, more akin to Frank or Winogrand. In 2010 Bram made a definitive shift to color, which he describes as “infinitely harder to do well.” At first glance his images often appear to be about color itself, but after further inspection often reveal a “significant gesture,” a moment of irony, pathos or humor. For him, the best photographs elicit more than one emotion in the viewer, asking questions, not just answering them.
Born in 1952, Bram grew up in Ohio, Utah and Arizona. After a lack-lustre business career, in 1984 he became a professional photographer in Louisville, Kentucky, building a practice in public relations, public events, performance and portrait work. Moving to London in 1997, Bram concentrated on street photography. In 2001 he became one of the founding members of iN-PUBLiC.com, the premiere international street photographers’ collective. Living in New York City from 2008 to 2016, he produced his most recent book of color street work, “Richard Bram: NEW YORK.” Returning to London in 2016, he now lives by the Thames in Limehouse Reach and is working on a new series of landscape photographs based on the river while continuing to work in the public arena.
Bram’s work has been seen in over 20 solo exhibitions in locations as diverse as America, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Scotland, and England as well as group exhibitions around the globe. In 2011 Bram curated “From Distant Streets,” an exhibition of 29 international street photographers. He is regularly published in print and digital magazines as well as writing and lecturing on Street Photography, most recently at the 2017 Paris “Mois de la Photo” and the 2018 Italian Street Photo Festival in Rome. He has given Street Photography workshops in such diverse locations as the Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool in the UK, New York, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, and Tbilisi. Recently he has been reviewing portfolios at festivals in Rome and Tbilisi. His work is in the collections of the Museum of London, the Museum of New York, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Endowment for the Arts, George Eastman House/International Museum of Photography, and the University of Louisville Photographic Archives.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR LONDON+CORNWALL
We strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment and vacation in case events would arise that prevent you from joining us. www.insuremytrip.com offers a variety of options.
90-DAYS PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP START DATE, RESERVATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
120 DAYS PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP START DATE, 50% OF RESERVATION FEES ARE REFUNDABLE
There will be walking in London on hard streets, as well as maneuvering steps up and down into the Underground Subway. In Cornwall there will be walking and hiking on occasionally rough terrain, but when we are away from St. Just and the Cape Cornwall Hotel we will have a coach with us providing a place to relax if you’d like. You will need to be able to carry your camera bags and small personal bags with you.
You must have medical coverage valid in the UK as South x Southeast is not liable or responsible for any medical costs during this workshop.