Considering a photo holiday early next year? How about an eight-day workshop in Penang, Malaysia with two amazing photographers as your teachers? Join Gavin Gough and Matt Brandon as they photograph the Thaipusam festival February 4 to 11, 2012. The workshop will be sponsored by Phottix.
Matt Brandon explains the Thaipusam festival on his site as:
Every year 800,000 Hindu Tamil and Chinese devotees of Muruga, the Hindu God of War, gather in Penang to celebrate Thaipusam. On the day of the festival, devotees will shave their heads and undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens) and participating in acts of mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers.
The workshop will focus on telling stories from Thaipusam. Participants will meet Thaipusam devotees, learn their stories, and follow them on festival days. This workshop is a great opportunity to hone your visual storytelling and people skills. When not shooting the festival photographers can sight their lens on historic Georgetown, Penang, a UNESCO site.
Jump over to the Digital Trekker Site for more information on this amazing workshop opportunity. Act fast, spots are limited. Gavin Gough and Matt Brandon are professional photographers and conduct several workshop each year around Asia.