From August 26 till September 1, 2017 the Crazy Photo\Art Mountain Camp took place in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. An international group of (pro or amateur) artists, giving inspiration to each other, spending a week in a unique location, creating unique art!
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This event has taken place in August 2017 and is history. So you can not sign up for this event anymore.
We will be in a unique house just for our group in a beautiful landscape, isolated from anything that might distract us. It doesn’t matter if you are a pro or an amateur, a photographer or a model or a MUA or a scenopgrapher or stylist or videographer or theatre maker… the Crazy Photo\Art Mountain Camp is the perfect place to spend creative holidays, not only working on what you enjoy most, but also getting inspiration from, and sometimes working together with, the other members of the group! In the evening we will organize crazy group games, cook and eat together, we’ll swim in our private pool or in the wild stream in front of the house etc.
We will be in a simple but inspiring house, far away from the noise and rumble of cities and villages (about a one hour walk till the nearest village), in the middle of beautiful nature. We will certainly enjoy the small outdoor private swimming pool. The garden and nature will be our working space – or the patios or colorful rooms of the house (see for example the ‘legs’ photo hereunder; it was made in one of the bathrooms). The house is not far away from Lucca.
The house has double/twin bedrooms , an open kitchen in the dining room, three bathrooms and a living room. There will be max. 11 people in our group. In and around the house clothing is optional (faq). No smoking in the house.
The Crazy Photo\Art Mountain Camp is intended to be a group retreat, a temporary art commune. We will be living together in the sense that we will cook and eat together, clean together, do games together, swim together, laugh together etc. We will be working together in the sense that during the day (or whenever you get your inspiration) we will be creating! At the end of the day, probably after dinner, you will be invited to either show your result of the day to the group, or communicate something about your process.
The act of creating art however is not necessarily a group activity. But at the moments that we work together (as a group or as sub-groups or pairs) we will see that the interaction between different disciplines and experiences is very inspiring. You are a photographer? You will enjoy posing a bit for another photographer. You are a model? You will enjoy enacting that dialogue for the theatre maker. You are a theatre maker? You will enjoy inventing a story that a photographer can translate into images…
Here are some examples of art that was created during the first Crazy Art Mountain Camp, in 2013 at the exact same location (and also the title picture at the top of this page was created there and then) :
Our house, garden and direct environment will already generate heaps of inspiration – and on top of that all, we’ll make an excursion to an abandoned marble quarry, the perfect setting for amazing photoshoots! Just to give you an idea, here a creation of the well known Libanese photographer Lara Zankoul (she is in no way linked to Crazy Camps; I’m just showing her image for inspiration. Her web site is http://www.larazankoul.com/)
Who can join?
You don’t have to be a professional artist – it doesn’t matter if Tate just bought your latest work, or you are just discovering your new passion. During application you will give the link to your online portfolio or you will upload some examples of your work. And even if you are not an artist but a muse, you can still join! You will participate as a muse for the artists in the group. But also in this case during application you will give the link to your online model portfolio or you will provide a testimony of that writer that got his/her inspiration for that great novel from you!. And of course, also ‘supporting’ artists like for example make up artists and stylists are absolutely welcome!
Your participation in the cost for this week is EUR 394 per person for accommodation, inspiration, food and fun. or EUR 335 if you are female and you choose to use the Gender Pay Gap Compensation (faq)
By the way, you will have to bring any tools or materials that you want to use, by yourself. No materials are provided.
What is included/provided and what is not?
+ Simple lunch (sandwiches, leftovers of yesterdays dinner)
+ Dinner (we will cook together)
+ Coffee, tea, milk, water, juice
– Snacks, fruit, energy bars, energy drinks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
+ Tourist taxes
+ Bed covers and sheets
– Artist materials
+ Unforgettable fun
If you are a couple, please understand that in the Crazy Photo\Art Mountain Camp you can not behave like a couple. Subject to availability, you can get a room with a double bed if you want (in general the rooms are allocated through a lottery) but apart from that, you are expected to participate in all activities and group life as individuals and not as a couple. Yes you will be hugging – in the numerous group hugs! So be prepared to sit each at the opposite extreme of the group table during dinner, and accept that someone else than yourself might be helping out your partner with the sun screen.
How to get there
The closest city is Lucca. Florence is just over 100km away. The train from the international airport of Pisa stops in a small town some 20km the house. Florence and Pisa airports are served by several low budget airlines. As the house is rather isolated, the last couple of kilometers to the house are over an unpaved and steep road. No 4×4 needed, but your Ferrari won’t make it.
From/to Milan there is a ride share available, approx. EUR 30 one way per person. Most probably, as time passes by, ride shares from other directions will be added.
Mayor tourist hot spots such as Pisa and its tower, Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre etc. are quite close to our location so you might consider staying in the area a bit longer before or after the Crazy Photo\Art Mountain Camp :)
Don’t miss these 6 nights in the mountains in beautiful Tuscany!
LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER!
If you want to participate in this event, then you’re out of luck… It is a past event! Please check out the other upcoming Crazy Camps or sign up for the newsletter and I’ll keep you updated about new Crazy Camps.