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«The Visual Language»

Come along for an exciting photo workshop in Seattle, this modern, urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty in the far northwest corner of Washington State. The city is also know as the “Emerald City”, with reference to the lush evergreen forests of the area. A rich cultural life and an abundance of festivals of all kinds, not only makes Seattle into a charming mix of energy, life and progression, it’s also a city full of photo opportunities and a place to love for any photographer.

This photo workshop is led by Otto von Münchow, a professional photographer with an extensive experience both as a photographer and as a workshop teacher. While we will photograph the streets of Seattle, the focus will be on developing each student’s understanding and use of the visual language. As a participant, you will learn how to transform what you see for eyes into strong visual stories that will captivate your audience. Otto will teach and show examples from his own work on how to build a story in a photograph and then we will be out practising each day.

During the workshop, we will explore various neighbourhoods of the city. We will head down to the waterfront of downtown Seattle; the mixed, former hippie district of Fremont as well as other areas. Against a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery, the waterfront is all about walkable fun, where quirky shops, seafood eateries, and iconic experiences await. Fremont is the artsy, waterside enclave where people come for a selfie with the gigantic Fremont Troll and enjoy the neighbourhood’s free-spirited charm.

Seattle is a city that any photographer will enjoy. Literally, there are photo opportunities around each corner. During the extended weekend we are visiting Seattle, you will be photographing all around what is perhaps one of the States most progressive cities.

This workshop is aimed at photographers at all levels, whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer. The main focused during the workshop will be to develop your visual language. Through daily picture critique, Otto will stimulate the growth of new visual ideas and your creativity, as well as stretch your ideas of what a good photograph is. The course is less about technology than about imagery, however we will of course also talk about technique when and if necessary. Nevertheless, the focus is on the visual language and the creative approach to photography. During the extended weekend the workshop takes place, each participant will be encouraged to create images that show passion, life, light and vibrant content. As a participant, you will receive individual evaluation and guidance from Otto in order to developing your strengths as well as overcoming your photographic weaknesses.

Together we will stroll the city of Seattle and take pictures. However, you will also get ample opportunity to explore the city on your own if you so wish. Anyhow, at the end of the workshop you will have brought together a visual, strong portfolio of between 5 to 15 engaging photographs. These images will constitute a coherent photo essay about Seattle built around photos with a personal expression. Every day you will be out on the streets and photograph, you will edit and process the photos and then attend the daily photo critique. In addition, Otto will teach lectures and shows pictures from its own production.

Practical Information:

The workshop begins in the evening on Friday September 6th and ends in the evening on Monday September 9th 2019. However, Otto will be in Seattle a couple of days beforehand, so if you want to, you will be able to meet up earlier on Friday for an extra tour with him. The plan is to photograph as much as possible during the three days we have at our disposal. We will also gather every day for picture critique and lectures by Otto.

Our workshops are designed for a limited number of participants. This means we have small groups so teaching can take place on a more intimate level. But it also means that the workshops get booked quickly. The workshop has space for 12 participants. Participants are enrolled on a first registration first serve basis.


The workshop fee is 405 dollars. Accommodation, meals and transportation to and from Seattle is not included.

There is 85 dollars registration fee in order for you to hold your spot.

Sign up by clicking the red tab to the left. Or write us for more information by email to Otto