COMO Hotels and Resorts has announced a new collection of experiences for 2020, focused on the discovery of destinations and the development of guests’ creative identity through the lens of a camera.
COMO Photography Retreats have been designed as the ideal environments where participants are taught how to convey a sense of place and storytelling through photography. The retreats, going beyond equipping participants with the tools they need to capture striking images, will inspire guests to slow down and engage in the present moment to observe the world more mindfully. By slowing down, they will enjoy a deeper and more thoughtful observation of nature and discover a deeper level of engagement with their surroundings, ensuring more intimate visual illustrations of their experience.
In May 2020, COMO Photography Retreats will continue in the rolling hills of Tuscany at COMO Castello Del Nero, the latest addition to the COMO portfolio and the company’s first property in continental Europe. The five-day retreat, available to just eight participants, will offer daily photography workshops that capture the people, Renaissance architecture and verdant vineyards of Chianti that make the destination so unique. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the cities of Florence and San Gimingo with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, as well as relax at the twelfth-century castle hotel, sampling wine from the property’s cellars, strolling through the vineyards, or dining on Michelin-starred cuisine.
Guests will learn how to optimise photos through ISO, aperture, shutter speed and post-production techniques as well as head out on assignments to hone their originality and creative eye, all under the mentorship of award-winning photographer Martin Morrell. Morrell, COMO’s key contributing photographer for over 20 years, has shot for many of the world’s leading magazines including Vogue, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast Traveler.
Martin Morrell’s presence in Tuscany will see guests learn the key skills needed to excel in both the creative and technical elements of photography. “Today, it has never been easier to take a photograph – but it has also never been more difficult to get an original shot,” says Morrell. “Our workshops will encompass the end-to-end process of a travel photographer: from proper set up and technical mastery, to colour grading and post-production. Most importantly, I will show our guests how to find their own unique angle so they can go on to tell their own stories through photographs”.
The COMO Photography Retreat with Martin Morrell is followed by the COMO Photography Retreat in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in October 2020. The latter will be led by award-winning photographer and Kodak ambassador Michael Turek, offering guests the opportunity to capture the gravity-defying monasteries, orange-robed monks and verdant rice fields on film by travelling through one of the most photogenic countries in the world.
COMO Photography Retreat with Martin Morrell at COMO Castello Del Nero