PROJECT: This is the twelfth year that SEEDS organizes series of International Photography camps. Throughout the year participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an immersive photography related learning camp. SEEDS coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants individual style.
When the workshops end, we select some of our best pictures from the camp and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition in a local independent cinema or in another public space in the city. Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, and laptops if possible.
Participants should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.
Note this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a regular work camp; we may be able to organize some outdoor voluntary work but it depends on our partners and the weather. Participants should use the opportunity to share about their own culture or country, such as food, music, games or films with the international group.
In this project SEEDS will organize a night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop to the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavík. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We will choose a night according to the Aurora forecast by the Icelandic meteorological office. It is possible we do not see any northern lights during the trip but we will in any case organise the night photography workshop.
Please note, we cannot guarantee that you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions.
ACCOMMODATION: SEEDS participants will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík, which is located about 4 kilometers from the centre of the city. The facilities are basic with a shower, kitchen and a washing machine. The group will sleep in shared rooms and shall bring their own sleeping bag. Participants from other projects may also stay in the house for part of the time.
Participants will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, music and recipes from your home country for the international evening.
LOCATION: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. Reykjavík is an International city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
LANGUAGE: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
TERMINAL: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).
EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros), which can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival.
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp and back into SEEDS office (on the first and last day), as well as the night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.
Meeting time will be 17:00 (5:00 pm) on March 11 at SEEDS Office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.
Other excursions to nearby sites (eg. Golden circle, South shore, Hot River Hike, Reykjanes and/or Snæfellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares in case there is additional free time after the workshops and sessions of the camp. We also offer some local leisure activities such as the cinema and the flea market.
Weather is unpredictable and it can be cold or rainy, be prepared to experience all kinds of weather. We recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as most of the tasks and activities take place outside. Describe your new note here.