The most fascinating place on Earth. Framed by you.

ArchiNature by Tomas Svoboda (3DAYS)

Since the middle ages, the Chernobyl zone was called the “land of wolves”. After the 3-day workshop with Tomas Svoboda, you will have all the evidence you need to prove from your iconic pictures that Chernobyl deserves to have its former name back and that the Chernobyl zone is still alive. With Tomas you will travel around the zone to see all the wildlife kept in Chernobyl – wild horses, giant catfish, and deer and maybe even wolves. It’s all totally safe and comfortable.

The other part of your “mission” will be to capture the architectural landmarks of the Chernobyl zone and Pripyat. Poetic seclusions, communist propaganda signs, unique places where nature meets human work, and places where nature takes back territories designed by communist architects.

During these three days you will learn exactly how to find the right spot for your photo shooting, how to play with shadows or capture the spooky parts of houses. Tomas is the master in capturing atmosphere through his pictures and after three days with him in the terrain and – evening – editing photographs, you will fall in love with making photos that are more than just evidence of a mystical place, but an eye witness to the history behind it. Tomas, who has already been travelling to the exclusion zone for several years, will show you the most breath-taking places here. Places that have never been seen by “tourists”.

While you will be wandering through the streets of Pripyat, amongst abandoned villages and abandoned military premises (Chernobyl-2), you will feel the loneliness, lack of civilization, silence and you will be able to become one with your camera. You will experience the liberty, calmness, peace and drama of the well-known Chernobyl history. Tomas with over 20 years of professional photo experience is open to your ideas, inventions and wishes.

About Tomas Svoboda
One of the most experienced European photographers. Tomas was born on March 26, 1963 in Carlsbad, Czechoslovakia. In 1976 he immigrated to the Netherlands and settled in Amsterdam. Tomas studied at the Art school in The Hague, with a major in experimental film. He has travelled to the most remote areas of Africa and Asia and also cooperated with the Dutch state television and regional Amsterdam television network. In 1993 he returned to Prague. As a photojournalist alongside former President Vaclav Havel and former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, he assisted in several State Visits (ex. India, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the Holy See, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, China, and Japan). He contributes his photographs to several magazines in the Czech Republic. At the present time he is creating the documentary “Vaclav Havel traveling”.

In 1996 he moved to Paris and worked for the renowned agency Gamma. His series of photographs from Africa, New Guinea and Mexico or of Spanish fiestas are published across the world. In the year 2000 he returned to live and work in Prague. From 2004-2005, Tomas worked as a personal photographer for the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus covering his State Visits. Since 2006 he lives and works as a freelance photographer in Prague and Stockholm. He has a wife and two sons.

PUBLICATIONS/MONOGRAPHS
Thomas Svoboda – “Celebrations”, PhotoArt 2008
Thomas Svoboda – “Photographs”, Poznan, Poland 2003
Thomas Svoboda – “Opus Vivendi”, Helios Exprint S.A. CZ 2000
Thomas Svoboda – “Angels and Cemeteries”, revue K (edited by Jiří Kolář), Paris 1985

Photo agency Gamma, Paris
Photo reportages on diverse themes published across the world, 1997

AWARDS
1996 Winner of the prestigious contest Photographs on CD-ROM, CD-Photobler, Prague
1994 Gold Metal as a token of personal gratitude by H.M.S the Queen Sirkit of Thailand, Bangkok

SCHEDULE

DAY 1
8:00 Departure – Kiev Central Railway station (Meeting point: KFC restaurant)
10:00 Arrival at the Dityatky checkpoint (watching English documentaries about the Chernobyl accident on the way)
10:30 Entering the Chernobyl exclusion zone and excursion start
11:00 Check-in in the (newly build) hotel in Chernobyl (rooms of 2, 3 and 4 persons)
12:00 Tailored workshop program
17:30 Dosimetric control
17:45 Shop stop
18:00 Dinner in Chernobyl – new canteen, traditional Ukrainian meals
19:00 Photography editing lesson (classroom)
21:00 free program

DAY 2
8:00 Breakfast in Chernobyl – new canteen, traditional Ukrainian meals
9:00 Tailored workshop program
13:00 Lunch in Chernobyl – new canteen, traditional Ukrainian meals
14:00 Tailored workshop program
17:00 Dosimetric control
17:15 Shop stop
18:00 Dinner in Chernobyl – new canteen, traditional Ukrainian meals
19:00 Photography editing lesson
21:00 free program

DAY 3
8:00 Breakfast in Chernobyl – new canteen, traditional Ukrainian meals
9:00 Tailored workshop program
13:00 Lunch in Chernobyl – new canteen, traditional Ukrainian meals
14:00 Hotel check-out
14:30 Photography editing lesson (classroom)
16:30 Dosimetric control, leaving Chernobyl exclusion zone
18:30 Arrival to Kiev – Central railway station

Please note, the schedule is not binding and it is subject to change according to restrictions issued by the Chernobyl exclusion zone management

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Price:1499 USD/person
Availability:6 places left out of 7
Requirements:Minimum number of people on the tour: 3 Maximum number of people on the tour: 7
Disclaimer:The price includes all you will need during the three day-workshop: Lessons, coaching and training by Tomas Svoboda, Transportation (Air-conditioned bus), permission to enter Chernobyl zone, English guide, Dining (full board), Hotel 2**, Respirator, Whole body protection – overall, Geiger – Muller counter, Obligatory insurance.