Backstage in Copenhagen: A Photographic and Cultural Adventure12 - 16 September, 2019

Trip Dates:
12 - 16 September, 2019
Trip Price: £1480
Single Room Supplement: £420
Trip Length: 5 days

Copenhagen is the epitome of Scandinavian culture where Modernist lamps light New Nordic tables and bridges over pristine waterways buzz with cycling commuters. It is also a photographer’s dream – few cultures have the reverence for simplicity, detail and understated beauty. These tenets drive everything from Copenhagen's colourful architecture to its world-famous furniture and lighting, which have created a city of genuine visual pleasure, laced with a sense of quiet wonder and delight.

The five-days in Copenhagen will provide a creative environment, where Alumni who are passionate about digital or film photography will receive inspiration, technical advice, and constructive feedback on their images. It will be a creative and inspirational exploration of one of Europe’s most impressive cities. With its strong cultural focus, the trip may also be suitable for partners or friends who are not photographers.

Whether you have a Nikon or Canon DSLR; a mirror-less M4/3 camera; a point-and-shoot camera, or just an iPhone –learn how to compose, expose, and capture better images. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your photography and to experience the beauty and cultural heritage of Denmark’s capital city. The visit will take in some amazing Scandinavian architecture; urban landscapes; waterways; museums and galleries, and sites of literary significance. The diverse visits include a shoot in the Kronberg Castle (Hamlet’s Elsinore) as well as a visit to Karen Blixen’s House (‘Out of Africa’), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the iconic Carlsberg Brewery. Copenhagen's cultural offerings are rich and eclectic. Two afternoons have been left free for people to take up suggestions from David or pursue their own interests such as exploring Copenhagen royal palaces crammed with blue-blood jewels or one of Scandinavia's largest collection of Islamic art, tucked away in a collector's neoclassical mansion.

Maximum Party Size: 14

Trip Leader: David Tolley

David Tolley is a Visiting Artist/Tutor in Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, where he specialises in Photography and Film. He has exhibited in Germany, Australia, Greece, Poland, USA and the UK. He studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford (1997). David has personally researched this Copenhagen photographic itinerary and organised a similar and very successful visit for photographers in 2018. He will encourage the development of creative techniques and new approaches to photography and will provide technical advice and constructive feedback on everyone’s images. He’ll also bring a selection of photographic accessories for people to experiment with.

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Backstage in Copenhagen: A Photographic and Cultural Adventure Trip Comments:

David’s trips are a delight. They are well researched and organized and full of visual surprises. Unlike some other professionals, David is always on hand with advice and suggestions.
Copenhagen was a five-day trip with a good balance between urban and scenic/rural. We used the very extensive public transport and so were honarary locals for a while. Apart from the first night, evenings were free, leaving plenty of time to pursue one’s own night shooting agenda.
  After attending previous photographic trips to Berlin and Budapest [with David], I jumped at the chance to go to Copenhagen. As usual, David found interesting places, from the Rundetaarn to a canal trip, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Kastrup Sea Baths, Carlsberg Brewery, Torvehallerne Food Market and more, each with its own photographic opportunities. I can highly recommend this trip to anybody who is interested in improving their photography, both technically and artistically, as well as having a very enjoyable time with like-minded companions.
  The Copenhagen trip was a wonderful experience! It was great to have a photography-focused guided tour without too much formality and in a relaxed atmosphere. I’ve also been on one of David’s trips to explore Berlin and found it to be a great experience as well.