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September 5, 2014updated Dec 20, 2023

Nihiwatu Presents Documentary Photography Workshop Retreat with Sebastian Suki Beláustegui

By Zahra Al-Kateb

The renowned Nihiwatu Resort on Sumba Island, East Indonesia is pleased to welcome National Geographic Photographer Sebastian Suki Beláustegui for a 7-day documentary photography workshop retreat entitled “The essence of traditional life in Sumba” from 23rd to 30th October 2014.

Sebastian is a photographer with exceptional technical and artistic talent which he will lend the group of aspiring photographers to grow, learn and develop their skills to another level.

Sebastian has travelled across 8 countries and lived in 25 native communities documenting Latin America since 1991 for his book “Guardians of Time”, Portraits of the spirit of Latin America (2003). Moreover, his works has been published in the L.A Times, Newsweek, UNICEF, Travel & Leisure, The Sunday Times, as well as the cover of National Geographic.

Sebastian recently moved to Bali where he continues to develop his talent as a photographer, capturing the moments and beauty of Indonesia. He is currently working on a new editorial project, “Sumba tribal people” on Sumba Island, home to Nihiwatu.

The Workshop Retreat

Nihiwatu’s documentary photography workshop retreat aims to inspire guests in the art of documentary photography, so they can capture the world through the lens of the camera, in an intimate and artistic way.

Through this one week retreat from 23rd to 30th October, guests will learn about local customs in Sumba, connect with the environment and visual communicators from other cultures while photographing the community, allowing them to be in an introspective and integration experience with the subject and the community that they will be working in and with.

The retreat will provide guests of all photography levels an opportunity to learn from a professional and to embrace and view the local Sumbanese culture in a more passionate and artistic point of view. The final goal is to create art through photography, with each and every photo telling its own unique story.

Sebastian Suki Beláustegui shared, “The most important thing is to allow a personal transformation that will immerse you deeply into the authentic Sumba culture around you.”

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Resort Overview

The experience of Nihiwatu is one of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories.

The resort, located on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, 400km west of Bali, is an outpost to world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through breathtaking waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails; to Stand-up Paddling down the Wanukaka River.

Nihiwatu was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families. The resort is proud to employ over 90% local Sumbanese, a team that hold a genuine spirit of hospitality.

Stories of the heart, character and soul of Nihiwatu reached long-time friends, American brand-building entrepreneur Chris Burch and prolific South African-born hotelier, James McBride in 2011, who together acquired the resort in 2012.

(Source: Nihiwatu)

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