Self portrait of India
The price includes
– assistance and workshops with Radek Polak, photographer: /www.radekpolak.pl/
– 7 photographic sessions under the guidance of Radek Polak
– daily selection and feedback on your photos by Radek Polak
– participation in Holi – the festival of colours
– sightseeing with the local guide in Delhi, Mathura and Virndavan
– accommodation in **** hotels in double rooms (single room with the additional payment)
– local transport in the air conditioned bus
– support from local guide during the whole stay in India
* KL insurance – 50,000 EUR, NW – 16,000 PLN, BAGGAGE – 1600 PLN (?)
The price does not include
– Warsaw – Delhi flights
– tourist visa expenses
– entrance to the museums
– tips for the driver or guide
– additional attractions (eg diving)
– personal expenses
15.03: Warsaw – Delhi
24.03: Delhi – Warsaw
The order of the individual events may change.
“There is no such thing as one hindu religion, one India. The is only a multitude of things and consepts united in a chaos.”
Paulina Wilk “Dolls on fire”
INDIA 2019 – SELF PORTRAIT
India is a special country. Very unique – full of contrasts and colors. Sometimes it might be just a pure chaos, when the smell of spices mixes up with the street noise and prayers. As such it is understandable that we can find here many different human stories, dramas and dream – and the best way to tell others about them is photography.
Starting from the famous Holi festival, which we will spend in Mathura, the birth city of Krishna and ending up on the streets of Delhi we will work on our photographic skills under the watchful eye of Radek Polak – our photographer.
We will be guided during the whole trip by Rakesh Ranjan – the ancestor of Yadav (the god Krishna belonged the same social group), passionate of photography and Indian cuisine, who will help us to understand the culture and will introduce us to his own country.
Meeting at the airport in the afternoon. We will arrive in Delhi around midnight and after the transfer to the hotel we will have time to rest and relax after the long journey.
After the breakfast we will visit with our guide the most important places in Delhi:
– Red Fort – historic fort designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
– Indian War Memorial Museum – Red Fort in Old Delhi
– The lotus temple – the biggest Bahá’í house of worship
– India Gate – a war memorial to British Indian Army
– Akshardham – Swaminarayan temple and cultural complex
In the evening we will return to our hotel to spend the evening on meeting with Radek, discussing the priorities for the workshop and planning the session in wrestling school the next day. Preparation of the gear and solving out the technical issues.
After the breakfast we will set off to the Kusthi academy (Kusthi is a type of traditional wrestling in India) – Capt. Chandroop Vaidic vyayamshala. We will have a whole day photographic session at the academy and a unique chance to see the trainings and the methods they use in the school. During our work under the guidance of Radek Polak we will learn how to use the studio light outdoors. We will work on our documentary and portrait skills. The academy is the one of the oldest in India – full of history and sport successes. You can read more under: www.captchandroopakhara.com
After the session we will have dinner and the time to rest. For those eager to take more photos we will organize the evening street photo session. The day we will conclude with the meeting with Radek to go through our photographs and to set the goals for the next day.
Next day of our adventure in Kusthi academy and the street photo session in the Delhi streets. In the afternoon – return to the hotel, time for the selection of photos and meeting with Radek to consult our work and set the goals for next days.
PLEASE NOTE: Before you take part in Holi celebrations please remember to wear things that you can dirt and even leave in India. Holi celebrations are famous for using a colorful powder that spoils the clothes. Please also remember to protect your photographic equipment. If proper precautions are not taken you might be able only to observe everything from the distance and you might lose all the fun!
After the breakfast we will have transfer from Delhi to Mathura, where the next photo session will take place – during the Holi festival celebrations. After the short rest in the hotel we will visit:
– Krishna Janam Bhoomi – the birth place of Krishna
– Gokulam – the place where Krishna spent his childhood
– The love temple
After the return the usual meeting to plan the next photo day with our photographer – Radek Polak.
After the breakfast we will set off to Vrindawan:
– holi celebrations at the streets of the city
– Banke Bihari temple
– the celebration of burning down the image of the devil
In the evening the usual meeting with our photographer Radek Polak to go through the photos and set the goals for next days.
After the breakfast photo session on the streets of the city:
– holi celebrations in Mathura
– Dwarkadheesh temple
– traditional singing and dancing on the streets of the city
At the end of the day – meeting with Radek Polak.
The last day in India and the last photo session. This time we will visit the streets of Delhi during the sunrise, when the city wakes up and the real life starts on the streets. After the return – breakfast and the free time. The interested ones will visit the bazar in Old Delhi to shop for fresh spices and handcraft. We will finish the day with the farewell dinner and we will set off to the airport.
In the morning, we will move to Mtskheta – the first capital of Georgia, for a short stopover during which we will have the chance to walk the winding streets in the picturesque historical part of the town. On our way to Tibilisi, we will stop at the traditional Georgian restaurant for lunch and another session of culinary photography. This time, we will observe the work of chefs throught our lenses.
We will spend the afternoon in Tbilisi, where apart from time for a street photo session, we will have the opportunity for the last commemorative shopping and to relax in the famous Georgian “bania” (for volunteers only).
Wonderfully relaxed we will meet in the evening for the farewell supper at the stylish restaurant.
Night flight to Warsaw.
Radek Polak born 1975 is a graduate of Photography at the Multimedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań,
As a commercial artist he regularly photographs celebrities from the world of culture, science and politics. His photographs are published in national press both in Poland and in Georgia (Elle, Esquire, Gala, MALE MAN, Twój Styl,
Anabechdi and Hot Chocolate). He portrayed among many other Ewan Mcgregor, Patrick Swayze, Władysław Bartoszewski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Seweryn , Ingolf Wunder, Rafał Olejniczak, Krystyna Sienkiewicz, Janusz Gajos, Kazimierz Kutz. He was awarded the first prize in Best lifestyle cover category of the Grand Front Awards, Poland. In 2009 he was a jury member of Kolga Photo Festival.
He also shoots advert campaigns for biggest polish and international clients such as: SAMSUNG, SHOWMAX, TMOBILE, ING BANK, BZWBK, PEUGOT, KAUFLAND, CASTORAMA, DBBANK, LOT Polish Airlines, and many more
One of Radek’s photo stories was awarded a honorable mention at the International Photography Awards and then published in prestigious aCurator magazine. In 2012 he started a 3-years’ photographic work on „Georgian Taste”, a book on Georgian culture, people and cuisine. The book got published in Poland in 2015.
SOME PRACTICAL ADVICES:
There is no problem with access to the Internet in major cities., however it might be helpful to equip yourself with SIM card as the roaming is really expensive. In India we drink water only from the bottles and you should be also caution with the food bought on the street. In the registered luggage you cannot transport electronic equipment (batteries, power banks etc.). The photo gear should be kept in your hand luggage only.
Currency: 100 INR (Indian Rupee) = 1.38 US Dollar, in the cities you can easily withdraw money in ATMs using Visa or MasterCard
Recommended vaccinations: hepatitis A+B, typhoid, rabies
Visa: before booking please see the recommendations for your country of origin
Insurance: we suggest to buy the insurance of the minimal value of 30 000 euro, covering costs of the treatment and the transport to your country of origin
Delhi – the capital of India, settled on Yamuna river. The third biggest city in the world with 26 millions of habitats. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is said that it was demolished and rebuilt 11 times.
Old Delhi – the oldest part of the Delhi. Now it is a center of Delhi Muslims.
Mathura – small city settled 150 kilometers from Delhi famous as a birth place of Lord Krishna
Virndavan – small city, where according to the legend Lord Krishna spent his childhood and youth. The place full of temples has a unique vibe and climax
Dhobi ghat – In Delhi the place where people wash clothes on the fresh air, on the bank of the Yamuna river
Dhobi Ghat in Delhi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J6m2ZhHTic
Holi in Mathura: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI5OUv3m8Rk
Holi in Vrindhawan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Wh9_kOeK4
Wrestling academy in Delhi : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yothjcG-CM