PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT IN THE

ORKNEY ISLANDS

ORKNEY ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT

2-7 MARCH, 2020

BREATHE IN THE WILD SEASCAPES OF THE ORKNEYS, STAYING IN 4 STAR WATERFRONT COTTAGES + EVOLVING YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH TWO OF THE UK’S MOST RESPECTED TUTORS.

£1550

Duration: 5 nights / 4 days

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, transport while on the retreat, trip to the old Man of Hoy & single room accommodation in four star, waterfront cottages in Stromness. Doubles are available. 

Excluded: Alcoholic drinks, travel to Orkney (there are regular flights to Kirkwall) and insurance.

Fitness level: Easy.

Deposit: £250 with balance due at the end of January 2020.

Cost: £1550 per person (early bird £1450 until April 2019.

BREATHE IN WILD SEASCAPES

Breathe in the wild seascapes of the Orkneys, staying in 4 Star waterfront cottages and evolving your landscape practice with two of the UK’s most intuitive and respected photographers.

Connect to the remote beauty of the Scottish Highlands and re-spark your creativity in this four-day, five-night photographic retreat. Each day, you’ll head off for a different destination, immersing yourself in the landscape with tutors who have used landscape photography to support them with major life challenges.

This retreat is ideal for the professional level landscape photographer through to the beginner wanting to be in nature for its healing properties and beauty.  It has a balance of group activities, individual projects and one-on-one time with your tutors to suit introverts and the more gregarious. Non-photographic partners are welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly. 

THE ORKNEY ISLES

The breathtaking, natural beauty of the wild and rugged Orkney Isles stays with you for ever. Exposed to the full force of the Atlantic weather the inspiring landscapes are marked by towering cliffs, deep caves and giant sandstone sea stacks. 

The unpredictable, wild weather is invigorating and the big open skies, rounded hills and incredibly beautiful beaches offer the landscape photographer the ideal sanctuary for inspiration and reflection.

Orkney is also notoriously rich in archaeological remains. You get a feeling of continuity, the sense that for thousands of years people have worked the land and left their mark.

Our base for the retreat is Stromness which retains its original maritime charm with narrow winding streets, terraces of houses and steep passageways all leading to the iconic waterfront and harbour where we will be staying.

LOCATIONS

Our daily schedules are designed to include many of the following, weather permitting.
  • The tidal island of the Brough of Birsay
  • Marwick Head RSPB reserve with breathtaking views along the coastline
  • The Standing Stones of Stenness near neolithic monuments
  • The Old Man of Hoy, a 449 sea stack (weather permitting). One of tallest stacks in Britain.
  • The Italian Chapel and the Scapa Flow wrecks
  • The sea stacks, cliffs, and wild seas of Yesnaby

YOUR ACCOMMODATION

The nautically themed Anderson Harbour Cottages have been carefully selected for this retreat. They have been refurbished to a high standard with all modern facilities and complimentary WI-FI. All have direct access to a pier with beautiful sea views (and regular spectacular sunrises!).

The cottages will be our base, teaching area as well as accommodation for 5 nights/4 days. You will have access to a shared kitchen / bathrooms and living area between cottage.

Set in Stromness, the cottages are close to all local amenities, including the Pier Arts Centre, the Stomness Museum, cafes, deli, bakery, shops and chemist. It’s the perfect base to explore and photograph the wild and historic landscape of the Orkney Isles.

We will collect you from Kirkwall airport. Flights depart from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness and connections can be made from Manchester and London.

Alternatively, we will collect you from Northlink Stromness ferry terminal (sailing from Scrabster) or from St Margaret’s Hope Pentland ferry terminal (sailing from Gill’s Bay). It is possible to leave your car at the ferry terminal in Scrabster / St Margaret’s Hope if you wish.

YOUR TUTORS

Paul Sanders and Margaret Soraya both work in an intuitive manner and believe that photography is about how you respond to the landscape. They are both passionate about helping others develop their own landscape photography, bringing out their own unique voice.

PAUL SANDERS

Paul believes strongly that being present within the landscape and the connection you have with nature is the most important part of landscape photography.

“I love being outside, surrounded by the beauty of the world we live in. It never ceases to amaze me, as I watch the storm clouds blow in over the coast, listen to the waves crashing on the rocky shore or watch sunlight stream through trees on a foggy morning, how blessed we are to have such beauty on our doorsteps.”

Paul is a Fuji X Pro ambassador and former picture editor of The Times. Much of his landscape work involves long exposures and he is inspired by artists such as Turner, Monet and Mark Rothko.

MARGARET SORAYA

Margaret specialises in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places and has photographed landscapes for 23 years.

She lives on the shores of Loch Ness and has spent years capturing the loch and surrounding countryside. Margaret is fascinated by the connection between wellness and being in nature, studying how nature heals, closeness in water is beneficial and how solitude in the outdoors can be revitalising for introverts.

Commissions have included travel to Iceland, Croatia, Italy and Boston. Her work has been published in National Geographic Traveller, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Rough Guides and regularly features in Scottish broadsheets.