Porto Street Photography Workshop - Behind The Scenes

08th June 2018


So, I just got back from my week in Porto. I have to say it was one of the best travel experiences of my life so far.
A huge thank you to Hugo & Mauricio at Fuji Passion for organising this workshop experience. It was a great pleasure to finally meet you both after months of planning!


© Linda Wisdom

© Gerry Penrose

© Gerry Penrose

The 3-day Porto street photography workshop itself went very well. I was a little anxious about doing before I arrived there, seeing as this was my first multi-day, international Street Photography workshop. However, my pre-worry nerves were soon short-lived once I met all the seven participants, who were all lovely people and fun to hang out with.


© Gerry Penrose

© Nick S

© Linda Wisdom

It wasn't just the workshop that made this trip special - it was the whole tour itinerary that the guys organised. We all stayed at the same hotel in Trindade, within walking distance of the city centre. The Fuji Passion guys made the total 4-day excursion a 'Porto tour experience', where each day we had a new exciting schedule to look forward to. This incorporated visiting interesting Porto cultural places, including a private tour of the Sandeman Wine Cellars, Casa De Musica, historical architecture like the São Bento railway station and taking in the stunning views from the Dom Luís I Bridge, as well as exploring the colourful neighbourhood buildings of Ribeiro and over the bridge to Gaia and so much more.


© Mauricio Reis

© Mauricio Reis

© Mauricio Reis

© Mauricio Reis

On top of this, we were treated to complimentary breakfast, then lunch and dinner at some amazing restaurants. Luckily all that wining and dining was balanced out (mostly) with a great amount of walking and stair-climbing, seeing as Porto is built on very steep hills. Lots and lots of hills. The city itself is built on the steep northern bank of the River Duoro, and between the centre and the riverside, there is nothing but a tangle of hidden, cobbled alleyways and some long, steep staircases that from the bottom seemed never ending! But all that walking I was thinking would give me thighs of steel…and went some way to working off those rich Portuguese dishes.


© Gerry Penrose

© Hugo Pinho

© Linda Wisdom

© Mauricio Reis

By the end of day three, the workshop had come to an end. It was time for us to say our goodbyes and though I was somewhat relieved that the workshop was successfully completed, it was by the same token sad that everyone would be going their separate ways again. But hey we do have our ongoing Whatsapp group chat, the memories and the amazing photos. I would like to say that it was an absolute honour and pleasure to be invited to do this Porto workshop and to meet everyone. Hopefully, I will meet some of you again in the not too distant future. Obrigado and adieu Porto!


© Linda Wisdom

© Linda Wisdom

© Nick S



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