What is Semana Santa?
The Spanish tradition of Semana Santa (Holy Week) arrived with the Spaniards to Guatemala in 1524. Almost 500 years later, Guatemala holds one of the most elaborate celebrations in the world … Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, commemorating the passion, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What makes Antigua unique?
A picturesque colonial Spanish capital of old Central America, it is nowadays a World Heritage Site, and possibly the most popular tourist destination in Guatemala. Founded by the Spanish in XVII century, it is full of historic colonial buildings, churches, cathedrals, markets, and parks.
AGUA VOLCANO: 93,766m/12,352 ft) a climb up this volcano is recommended for spectacular views of Antigua. Hiking time is about 5 hours from Santa Maria de Jesús or 2 hours from the end of a road that climbs partway to the top.
All necessary travel throughout the festival (in and around Antigua)
A day with Guatemala native, photographer, and workshop leader Rudy Giron
Local guide on other days
Translator for the group
Accommodations for 7 nights, double rooms, single occupancy
2 Group Dinners
Technical and creative Instruction by Donna Todd in the field, and critiques in the classroom. Please see bio below.
Logistics, and classroom critiques by Nancy McCrary. Please see bio below.
What isn’t included:
Travel expenses from your home to Guatemala City and Return
Dinners (unless noted above)
We meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodations in Antigua.
We ask that you arrive from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
6 pm: Group Dinner
5th (Palm Sunday)
Breakfast, Orientation, and then Shooting All Afternoon with Donna
Breakfast, time to wander, edit, and relax
After lunch we will have a slide show of your best work from the Sunday.
Nancy and Donna will critique and offer advice.
Breakfast, followed by a trip to the surrounding areas of Antigua.
You’ll see magnificent views of the volcano, the countryside, and small villages
A mid-day break
Followed by an evening of shooting with Donna
An early visit to the local markets, where you can see local produce and flowers. Followed by breakfast.
Free time until the late afternoon when shooting begins with Donna.
A late breakfast and slide show of the best of your work
followed by a later afternoon into the evening shooting with Donna.
10th (Good Friday)
Breakfast, free time, and photo preparation for a beautiful group dinner followed with a final slide show.
Returns to the airport. Again, please make flight arrangements mid-morning to mid-afternoon
If you would like to remain in Antigua through Easter Sunday please let us know and we’ll help to accommodate your stay if possible.
NOTE: We will attempt to stick to this agenda as closely as possible. However, we may add other events as the time gets closer, and changes may occur due to situations outside of our control. Also, some students may choose to do other things and that’s fine. Please just let us know if you’re deviating off schedule so we won’t worry. Thank you.
Total $3500 (if paying by check*)
Total $3675 (if paying by credit card)
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NOTE: This workshop is limited to 10 students
Spouses and partners are invited to join us, to share your room and for meals and local travel for a companion rate of $400 (by check*)
$420 (by card)
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Nancy McCrary is the Editor and Publisher of South x Southeast Photomagazine, founded in 2011. In 2015 Nancy began South x Southeast Workshops and remains the director. She is the director of South x Southeast Gallery, began in 2017 and exhibiting the work of emerging and established photographers throughout the world. She was co-director of SlowExposures Photography Festival for 8 years. Before South x Southeast Nancy had a career in niche publishing with positions are managing editor and marketing director for several magazines. Shehas reviewed portfolios at PhotoNOLA, LOOK3, SlowExposures, Click! Photo Festival and for private clients. She practices photography but mostly enjoys encouraging, and exhibiting the work of, others.
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