Capture your next vacation like a proÂ with the help of the Nihiwatu Resort, which will host a documentary workshop from October 23â€“30. Set on Sumba Island in East Indonesia, the workshop titled â€śThe essence of traditional life in Sumbaâ€ť will not only be a full immersion in the craft of photography, but also in the native culture of the island. Taught by National Geographic photographer Sebastian Suki BelĂˇustegui, guests will spend seven days learning everything that goes into creating a good picture from one of photojournalismâ€™s masters. With one photo book already under his belt (Guardians of time: portraits of the spirit of Latin America), BelĂˇustegui is currently based on Sumba working on his new editorial project, Sumba tribal people. TheÂ islandâ€™s natural beauty is undoubtedly photogenic enough in its own right, but BelĂˇusteguiâ€™s deep insight into its community coupled with his renowned bag of camera-wielding tricks will help photographers of all levels better learn how to take intimate portraits of places and their people.
Adding nine new five-star villas opening in September to its existing 12, the resort will host the workshopâ€™s guests in some of the most renowned, exclusive accommodations in the country, and also the most responsible. The resort itself was created to help protect and preserve Sumba and its culture, employing a staff comprised almost entirely of local Sumbanese. Guests are encouragedÂ to visit local schools, clinics, and farms, many of which areÂ supported by theÂ Sumba Foundation, founded by the resort in 2001. In the words of BelĂˇustegui, â€śThe most important thing is to allow a personal transformation that will immerse you deeply into the authentic Sumba culture around you.â€ť With his help, it wonâ€™t be hard to immerse yourselfâ€”and capture your personal memories in the process.
For more information, visit Nihiwatu Resort.