Gulf Photo Plus PopUP is Coming to London
One of the coolest things about Dubai is coming to London this fall. No, not the tower—although it would make a nice little spear for London's gherkin, dontcha think?
Nope, even cooler: Gulf Photo Plus is coming to London on Sept. 28th and 29th. I'll be there. So will Zack and McNally. And Heisler. It's gonna be a nonstop firehose of a weekend.
Come to London
Ever wanted to visit London? Do you maybe already live there? Or near there?
If so, consider being there this September 28th and 29th, when Gulf Photo Plus will be getting on the bus and setting up shop in London for the weekend.
They might even bring their strawberry sheesha pipe with them. Who knows.
(Editor's note: Aaand they went with caricatures. Can you blame them? Zack's the baby of the group and even he's on the wrong side of forty. Just sayin'.)
What to Expect at GPP PopUP London
It's a two-day lecture/demo class series with Zack Arias, Joe McNally and Gregory Heisler. It's essentially a nonstop weekend of technique and inspiration from some of the best instructors around. And me, too.
There will be two-sessions each day. You'll rotate between speakers, and see everyone. They are splitting it into two venues, and two groups to keep the class sizes manageable and the Q's and A's flowing. So if you wanna hang with a friend during the weekend, make sure you choose the same "stream." (There's only two streams. It's not that complex.)
Best thing, as far as I am concerned, is I'll get to crash two other sessions when I am not speaking. That's possibly the onlydownside for GPP instructors in Dubai. You are working in one room and, like, Heisler is teaching 50 feet away and you can't go. It's physically painful.
With Heisler, Arias and McNally you gotta figure it is gonna be a lighting-centric weekend. Joe is jumping right into speedlights (manageable amounts, nothing over 50.) Zack is going the improvisational/DIY route. And Heisler is going high-end and evocative. (And I am sooo there.)
As for myself, plan on going a little meta as a counterpunch. We'll be stepping outside ourselves as photographers (and, alternately, very deep inside) to consider exactly where you go after learning a big bag of techniques.
After a 20-year life of shooting three-a-day assignments for someone else, I have spent the last seven years in a structured search for happiness and meaning (and value) as a photographer. We're gonna dive deep into exploring how that process might work for you.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
So, this thing is set up nice and neat and compact to where you could tack it onto a week's family vacation if you wanted. (Sample script: "Let's go to London this fall, honey. It's so beautiful in Septemb—Oh, look! There's some sort of, um, academic lecture series happening, too…")
Summer high season is over. Hotels and plane tix are cheaper. Ish. (After all, it's London.) See Big Ben! Ride a red bus! Have a tall glass of warm, opaque beer.
Are you local-ish? Why not hop a train from damn-near anywhere in the UK. Unlike us Americans you actually have good and efficient train service. (What's that like, anyway?)
Thinking of driving right into downtown London for this? Bwahahaha! (USA! USA! USA!)
The Gritty Details
The whole weekend is $399 USD, if you purchase before July 31st. But seats for this might go pretty quick.
And if you are traveling, make sure you have secured a seat before you commit to any transpo or lodging expenses. You can purchase and/or get full information on location, classes and schedules at the GPP PopUP London website.
Questions not on the FAQ? Hit me below or on Twitter. In the UK? Please help spread the word. Thank you!