Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Jonathan Perugia is the profile of the week at Photography Monthly Magazine!

Photographer profile of the week: Jonathan Perugia

Jonathan Perugia

This week’s profiled photographer is travel and commercial photographer Jonathan Perugia, who has photographed everything from cocktails for Gordon Ramsay to street life in Indonesia.
Jade Price chatted to Jonathan to hear about his many ventures as well as his London-based photography workshops.

Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: I’ve been a photographer for nearly 20 years. My first professional assignment was shooting a guidebook on Madrid for Time Out in 1994. Since then I’ve shot over 50 travel books on cities including Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Paris and London.

Q: What do you specialise in?
A: I specialise in travel photography, and commercial work, which can be anything from portraits of yoga teachers, to photographing cocktails for Gordon Ramsay. My personal work is more documentary based, often portraiture. I’m working on a long-term portrait project about happiness, gratitude and aspiration that I started in Havana last year. I also run workshops in participatory photography – training young people to use simple cameras to express themselves and tell the stories of their lives. We published a book of photographs and stories made by young people in Indonesia: street kids, young people affected by conflict, and by the Asian tsunami.

Q: Why did you decide to set up your London workshops?
A: The London workshops are run by a fantastic company called Authentic Adventures, who run photography, painting, singing and walking holidays in beautiful locations all over the world. I’ve been teaching for them for about five years now. This year I’m running photography holidays to Sardinia and Rajasthan. We’re also doing a four day trip to Istanbul, which I know well, so that will be very exciting. So we set up the workshops both for people who might be considering a holiday to come and get a feel for the way we work, and for others who just want a fun, informative photography day in London.

Q: What’s their aim?
A: The aim of the workshops is to inspire, excite and encourage people to experiment and enjoy their photography – we all have a unique eye, and a story to tell. We also help people get to know their cameras better, and build their foundation in the art and craft of photography.

Q: How do you think they are beneficial for photographers?
A: The most important thing for me is that people have a lot of fun, while learning some important skills. I simplify and demystify a lot of the jargon and use discussion of photographs to illustrate techniques that people then go out and practice in one of the most exciting and inspiring locations in London.

Q: If you could photograph anywhere where would it be?
A: Although I’ve been lucky enough to shoot all over the world, there are still many places on my wish list. I’d love to photograph the Northern Lights for example. I’d also like to spend more time shooting in West Africa.

Jonathan has been a successful professional photographer for nearly 20 years.
This passion for photography and its power to move and change people has inspired him to teach in different ways. He has organised projects and exhibitions with street children in Jakarta; young people affected by ethnic conflict in Borneo; and children separated from their families by conflict and tsunami in Aceh, North Sumatra. He has devised and led workshops for Burmese journalists in Bangkok for Internews and one-to-one classes in London for the Royal College of Physicians. He has led workshops in London and the Cotswolds and photography holidays in Morocco, Greece, Cuba and India.
His photojournalism and travel photography have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide including the Guardian, Asiaweek, Le Monde and The Sunday Times, and he has photographed more than 50 travel books in places such as Shanghai, Las Vegas, Paris, Istanbul, Sydney, Tuscany, and Morocco.
He has shot for the UN, UNICEF, and Save the Children, covered the devastation of the Asian Tsunami in Indonesia, and the conflict in East Timor. He has photographed oil rigs, mines, restaurants and resorts, and shoots commercially for clients including the Science Museum, Gordon Ramsey, Omega, and EDF.
Jonathan makes photography fun and accessible, and encourages participants to experiment and develop their own style.

Jonathan is off to Rajasthan in November which is already fully booked! You can catch him on his trip to Sardinia on 21st September for a sunny week of island photography, follow this link to find out more:

He will also be venturing over to Istanbul on our very first short photography trip in a new destination - four nights and five days; details yet to be confirmed. Places will fill up very quickly, so please be quick to express your interest and make a booking. Sign up for our monthly newsletter, and to our Facebook and Twitter pages to hear about it first:

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The Art of Learning - Sunday Times Travel

Sunday Times Travel, 19th May 2013
"The Art of Learning"
Written by Sean Newsom, he talks of his latent love for painting, and that it's never too late to indulge in your passion! At age 47, he's left it rather late, admittedly, but then so many of our clients are 'older' and now have the time and money to treat themselves to wonderful painting holidays abroad. He travels to St.Ives, Cornwall - an obvious British location to reinvigorate his love of art. It was, of course, the driving force of abstract art on an international stage at one time, and was home to Ben Nicholson, his wife (and twins) Barbara Hepworth, who welcomed Mark Rothko from New York as their house guest during this remarkable period.
Similarly, if you're looking for a reintroduction to painting a little closer to home, Authentic Adventures offers painting holidays to Jersey, but also further afield to Gozo, Morocco, Sardinia, Italy, Madeira, Southern Spain and more. We are in the process of defining our 2014 itinerary, with some exciting new additions! We will keep you posted for more news!
Our holidays are designed for novices aswell as those with more confidence - our friendly and professional tutors are on hand to give as much or as little guidance as required, and the holiday is designed to be fun, insightful, relaxing and engaging. Clients come back to us year after year, some who have made good friends who reunite once a year with Authentic Adventures to discover a new destination, or to be guided by a new tutor. We've been running our trips for fifteen years, so we've got a great deal of experience and fantastic contacts in all our locations. We know that the details and personal touch really make a holiday special, and that's why care is taken with each itinerary to take you off the beaten track, away from obvious tourist routes, and get a feel for the culture through food, landscape and meeting the locals where possible.
Forthcoming trips include:
A week in Grazalema, Andalucia with Kevin Scully - 2nd June
Painting in Sardinia with Brian Steventon - 29th June
Painting in Tuscany with Kate Bentley - 14th September
Painting in Jersey with Roger Jones - 18th September
A two week painting trip to Rajasthan with Christine Russell - 17th November (including a day trip to the Camel Fair in Pushkar - unmissable!)
Follow this link to find out more, and don't forget to sign up to our monthly newsletters, where you will hear about new trips, competitions and profiles on our tutors!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

First Aid training day - and an excuse to get together and have some fun!

Hamish Scott-Brown, Kate Bentley, Christine Russell, John Brough, Jonothan Perugia, Linda Kember
David Paskett, Diana May, Judith Bush, Chloe Hall, Sarah Edmonds, Kevin Scully, Steve Walton

Here at Authentic Adventures, we're still buoyant from our biggest staff meeting for years - all our office staff, guides, tutors and friends of AA got together to celebrate our 15th birthday and complete a mandatory First Aid course. We enjoyed a fantastic evening hosted by John Brough, Managing Director, a chance for us to discuss our 2014 programme and bring the group together.
In the true spirit of Authentic Adventures, we had a giggle whilst completing our First Aid course! Obviously understanding the importance of it, we managed to find the odd amusing moment: namely John struggling to find his way out of a sling made from masking tape! It's obviously a crucial skill as a guide, tutor and assistant, to be able to snap into action should anything happen to a guest whilst travelling with us, and we learn a lot from the day. Rest assured, you will be in safe hands travelling with Authentic Adventures.

Checking for signs of life!

Who, me?

Christine Russell

Jonothan Perugia feigning death!

Gavin holds David Pasketts head together!