Explore Unknown Vistas. Share Unique Experiences. Make Great Pictures.
We’ll take you to stunning locations—from modern cities to UNESCO World Herigate sites to remote mountain villages—where you’ll develop your own visual style through regular assignments and private and group discussions led by Elena and Dan, two well established creators and educators
CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY AND CULTURAL ADVENTURE
Skanderbeg Square, Tirana
ITINERARY 1, CULTURAL HERITAGE, NATURAL BEAUTY
9 Days: May 19 - 27, 2023
This spring itinerary takes us to the south where we’ll stop at cities and villages of great cultural and epicurean significance—including two world heritage sites. We’ll begin the workshop in the vibrant capital, Tirana, and then head to Berat, the Ottoman ‘town of a thousand windows’ and ancient cobbled streets.
Korce is next (birthplace of my grandparents), Albania’s southern cultural and intellectual center, with day trips to visit the gorgeous high mountain village of Voskopoje, established in 1330, as well as the magnificent monastery of St Naum, in Northern Macedonia. Permet follows, known for its healing thermal pools and outstanding traditional liquor (raki!). We end our workshop in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Gjirokaster, with a final celebratory dinner in a beautiful family-run vineyard.
In addition to daily assignments, private and group discussions, this trip will include a hands-on bookmaking component with Elena and Dan Milnor, of Blurb books. All participants will be guided in making their own magazine during the week, a unique component of Wide Angle workshops.
Theth, The Albanian Alps
ITINERARY 2, ANCIENT CITIES, SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES
9 Days: June 1 - 9, 2023
We’ll begin our trip in Tirana, the vibrant and cool capital. We then head north to Shkoder, an ancient artisan city surrounded by a castle and lake, with a stop first in the visually-rich beach town of Durres. From Shkoder we’ll travel to the spectacular Accursed Mountain region—the Albanian Alps. Three nights will be spent in the beautiful village of Theth, where we’ll shoot, hike, explore, discuss, work on books, eat (and drink!) the local specialities. Our last night is spent in Lezhe, on a gorgeous farm and boutique hotel where all food is locally produced.
In addition to daily assignments, private and group discussions, this trip also includes a hands-on bookmaking component with Dan Milnor of Blurb books. All participants will be guided in making their own magazine during the week, a unique component of Wide Angle workshops.
BEIRUT, LEBANON / PETRA & AMMAN JORDAN
Albania, Dan Milnor
Street Scenes, Tirana
An Albanian-American visual artist who has been photographing throughout Albania since 1993. Her first trip was to reconnect with extended family, all of whom lived in forced isolation from 1945 until 1991. Elena's fine art work hangs in museums and collections all over the world, and her editorial clients are many.
Wide Angle was born from the desire to share her experiences and unique insider knowledge with other like-minded creatives.
MEET YOUR GUIDES
A photographer and media director who currently works as “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. the world’s premiere print-on-demand publishing platform. Milnor is a former newspaper, magazine and commercial photographer who now works primarily on long-term projects.
He has self-published dozens of titles and is a strong believer in the inherent power of being a creative member of society. He has taught at Art Center College of Design and the Academy of Art University. He now lives in New Mexico.