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Newsletter 39 - sent on the 24 March 2020
What a difference two weeks makes!
Two weeks ago, I was in Mathura in Northern India, 'playing' Holi on our assignment: Holi tour. We were increasingly aware of the developing situation in Europe, but at the time India remained virtually untouched by the crisis, and happy crowds were gathering in the birthplace of Lord Krishna to celebrate this most joyous of festivals. People thronged to temples, threw paint powder with wild abandon, and greeted each other with smiles. True, hotels were checking temperatures and enforcing hand sanitising, but the atmosphere was carefree and joyful. A far cry from Britain (and indeed now India) in lockdown. If you fancy seeing some images to remind you of the sheer joy of travel, follow this link.
Travel is vitally important to the World. I recently saw a statistic that some 10% of the World population rely on travel: if we simply stop exploring and engaging with the rest of the world - whether because of the impact of Covid19, or a simplistic approach to climate change - then these people will suffer. I am not just talking about travel agents or hoteliers; but souvenir shop owners, rickshaw drivers, kitchen workers, cleaners and even the amazing Intrepid Travel tour leaders.
Consequently, we are still marketing our current trips, in the hope that they will be able to go ahead, and indeed organising new trips for 2021. At the moment though, whilst we are accepting provisional bookings, we are not taking in any more deposits, until we are sure that these trips are able to run.
I am regularly in contact with Intrepid Travel, who are sub-contracted to provide all of my land arrangements. The Chairman and co-founder of Intrepid is a personal friend of mine, and is committed to doing the right thing for both travellers and their staff worldwide. I am confident in their decision making process, and that they will do what is right.
This unprecedented world emergency highlights why I use Intrepid Travel to provide all of my land arrangements. Their network of offices around the world gives them incredible local knowledge and their size means that you are protected when you travel with me. If the worst happens, whether a global pandemic or a local incident, then they have the reserves and the experience to bring you home safely - far more than if I were a lone operator making arrangements myself, through local companies in each country.
As people around the World are being forced to lock themselves away at home, we are in the process of expanding our mentoring service to help people to learn and develop, whilst passing the weeks of isolation. Times are heard for many people, and so we have taken the decision to offer our mentoring service at half the current price. This will allow me to guide you through the editing and post production of your images, but can also include personally covering various techniques and issues that you find tricky. We will send out more details of this expanded service shortly, but you can find the current details below.
Impressions of Namibia
Namibia is an incredible destination for a photography tour, offering abundant wildlife, stunning landscapes, historic sites, atmospheric towns and traditional tribes. It is truly one of the most photogenic countries in Africa, and offers a totally unique wildlife experience!
I was trying to make a list of the highlights of this trip, but virtually every day has some sort of highlight to it. From photographing star trails over endemic Quiver Trees, to watching sunrise over the Fish River Canyon; from the Kolmanskop ghost town to the sun rising on Dead Vlei; from photographing seals at Cape Cross to meeting Himba people in Damaraland; and from looking for rare desert elephants to photographing black rhinos at Okakuejo Camp. On this trip you will get to experience so much, and we will be there to make sure that you get the most out of your time, and come back with more incredible pictures than you ever thought possible.
You can see a gallery of images of what we expect to photograph on this trip on this link.
We have two dates organised for Impressions of Namibia: departing Windhoek on the 23 September and 14 October, each for 15 days. The first trip is led by Steve Davey and now costs from £3895; the second trip by photographer Jamie Marshall and now costs from £3745 per person based on twinshare.
To see more of the amazing places that we visit on this exciting photography tour, you can see the full itinerary here, or if you want to book up a place on the trip, you can find the booking form here. Until the Covid19 situation is resolved we are taking bookings, but not asking for deposits for the time being.
The pdf for this trip can be downloaded on this link.
Mentoring at home!
We have been successfully offering a mentoring service for a couple of years now, giving targeted personal tuition and advice to a range of people, who are all keen to improve their photography. Mentoring allows me to personally assist you in various photographic projects, and brush up on techniques. As most of the world is shut in at the moment, this is a perfect opportunity to clear that backlog of pictures, learn processing skills on Adobe Lightroom, or even learn new skills with your camera.
Our mentoring service will allow you to have virtual personal time with myself - by phone, Skype or email - and help to make this enforced isolation as productive as possible, until we are all free to hit the road once again.
We are working out the details of what we will be able to offer, and hope to officially relaunch our existing mentoring service next week, but in the meantime, as places will be limited,you can see what we currently offer and get your name on the list using this link.
Remember: we are currently offering a 50% discount on our mentoring service and so you can halve the marked prices on this link.
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