Uprise Travel is excited to announce its first annual Ghana Photography Workshop. The first tour will run from June 12 to June 19, 2019, and will visit a wide range of Ghana’s tourism highlights, including Mole National Park and Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The tour will be led by Louis Bryant III, an international photographer and filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose photography assignments have taken him to Southeast Asia, South and Central America, West Africa, and the Caribbean. He has previously led photo workshops in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and has published work in SEAT Magazine, OneDay Magazine, Indance Magazine, MLBShop.com, and EdSource. He is nearly finished with a documentary titled The Spirit of a Child, which tells the story of a foster home in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Bryant also served as interim country Ghana director for the international student travel company Rustic Pathways, so he is no stranger to Ghana tourism.
“Ghana is in my top three places to be in the world,” said Bryant. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to expose visitors to the culturally rich lands of Ghana. What I enjoy most about being in Ghana is the harmonious diversity. With so many ethnic groups, languages and foods, the people unify the country and create a space where you feel warm and connected. Aside from taking beautiful imagery, my hope is that everyone who embarks on this journey feels connected to this place and the people.”
Bryant believes that personal connections are often the best way to take captivating images of people, and he is most excited about the exchanges between the photography students and their subjects. “I am a people person and what I feel is utmost important is preserving the dignity of a subject while capturing their story. So, this trip gives me and the other photogs that opportunity to learn about the people, the traditions and the culture. It’s more than going from tourist site to tourist site to capture the checklist of images, it’s about leaving with a story and hopefully a connection to the people.”
The tour will begin in Accra and make stops in Tamale, Mole National Park, Aburi, Cape Coast, and Elmina. This itinerary will allow guests to not only experience a wide range of Ghana’s tourism offerings, but will also give people the chance to photography a wide array of subjects. Bryant designed the tour with the subjects in mind, knowing that national parks, cities, markets, castles and beaches will each offer their own unique challenges to photographers.
For tour and booking information, visit the Ghana Photography Workshop webpage.