Nagaland is the northeast state of India bordered by Myanmar, and remains relatively unknown to the western world. You may have seen David Baileys portraits of the tribesmen once reputed for their headhunting.

While in Nagaland we will spend time at the renowned Hornbill Festival; one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland. The hornbill bird is particularly sacred to the Nagas and is reflected in tribal folklore, music and dances. The event is attended by all of Nagaland's major tribes and features traditional arts, dances, folk songs, and indigenous games.

I have worked with my translator and guide for over five years exploring the more remote and unusual parts of India, and he will be with us throughout our trip facilitating our interactions with the local villages and tribes.

This is not a photography workshop it is a true-life experience and adventure off the tourist track. Together we will explore this remote and fascinating location and tribesmen of Nagaland.

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Day 1 Arrive in Gurwhati
Day 2 AM Photograph the temple and local area Gurwhati
Day 2 PM Depart Gurwhati and stay over in Kazingra National Park ( 5 hr Drive )
Day 3 Early morning safari with Elephants , Rhinos and Wild Dear then
Travel onto Shivisgar stopping to photograph the Maya Tribe ( 4 hour Drive )
Day 4 Enter Nagaland and travel to Mon stopping on route to photograph local villages ( 5 hour drive )
Day 5 Visit Konyak Tribe in Hongphoi late afternoon travel to Longwa ( 2.5 hrs )
Day 6 Visit Longhwa and the Longhwa tribe
Day 7 Travel back to Sivisgar ( 5 hour travel )
Day 8 Travel back to Gurwhati 7 hour travel )
Day 9 Gurwhati Temple re visit

Why go there?

This is a real adventure off the beaten track that we have hosted before. The people are extremely friendly as the number of tourists they see is absolutely minimal. It’s a chance to spend time up close and personal with some of the last headhunters on the world ( They gave up in 1972 ! ) There will only be 5-7 people on the course, you will have the experience of a lifetime and come back with some truly amazing pictures.

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  •  A daily itinerary ensuring we make the most of our time and visit the best locations to take fantastic images
  • The opportunity to ask questions and learn from everyone who is on the course, including me
  • Full access to my workflow, plus hints and tips on shooting
  • Daily critique of your images
  • All internal travel and Fixer fees

* It is important to note that the Hotels where we stay in Nagaland are extremely basic although clean. You won’t find them on online so all bookings are made in advance for us all. The cost includes the cost of our guide who is essential to making this trip possible. Most travel in Nagaland will be done by Jeep; the roads are not good but there is no other way at the moment to get to these villages and tribes so be prepared for a bumpy ride.

I’ll be with you every step of the way and shoot with everyone on an individual basis as often as allows. We will be capturing day-to-day street life, where people are not posing for the camera; learning to be aware of the background, situation/context and environment to create complex and interesting pictures. I cover techniques including; layering and micro-composition and introduce compositional elements that will add depth and detail to take your photography to another level. I’ll point out great shots when we are together and support you to get close to the action, helping you to overcome fears about approaching strangers.

The goal is to finish the course with a strong set of images and a small portfolio that captures the place you have visited. You’ll come away with a great understanding of street photography and the elements that make up a great street picture.

I stay in touch with most course participants and encourage you to take up personal documentary and street projects that are close to you. I also run a public Facebook group called ‘Shoot The Street’, where you are free to upload both your course images and others you may have taken.

My workshops are small, with a maximum of 7 people, to ensure I can make the best use of my time with everyone on the adventure. Every day we split into small groups of two and meet up regularly, this means I can mix up the groups, so that everyone gets a fair share of my time and gets to shoot with each other.

We generally start early morning and stay out as long as participants would like and then review our images each evening in a group session. On the first morning of the course we all meet, and I talk through the week ahead, highlighting both what we will be looking for and where we will be going each day. I also provide a small presentation on street photography and techniques we can use to give ourselves an interesting portfolio. I talk about moments, layering, light and working a situation as well as background selection.

Most of my courses are street and travel photography based, with an encouragement to shoot un-posed images containing people with context that shows the viewer an image to tell a story. I encourage the use of prime lenses and shooting light, although if you feel more comfortable with a zoom that’s cool.  Whilst I do take street portraits, this is not the focus of the workshop, but its fine if kept in context. I personally shoot light with just a single body and a 35mm lens which account for over 90% of my photographs.

Prior to the workshop I create a private Facebook group where you will be able to meet and chat to the other participants. I use and recommend hotels that are near to the main locations to be photographed. Quite often these are more budget hotels that locals use, giving a more immersive experience. You can of course make your own accommodation arrangements, but they should be within a short distance.

You & Mark Seymour

My passion is photography, I have been a professional photographer for many years and I’m never without a camera! It’s all about capturing people, emotions, moments in time and making memories. Travel allows me to connect with the world, and experience the culture and daily life of the people I visit. My workshops give me the opportunity to share my experience and inspiration for travel photography. I’d love for you to join me on an adventure and explore the world with your camera. If you would like to talk about my workshops and how I can help you improve your street photography, please get in touch.

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