VASSILIS PITOULIS

 SHAPE, LIGHT, SPACE

BODY AND PORTRAIT IN BLACK&WHITE

Shape, Light, Space.

Body and Portrait in Black and White

Vassilis Pitoulis

Villa Lina, Italy – May 18-24  2024

Sivota, Greece – September 22-28  2024

Last September we ran our first workshop with Vassilis Pitoulis, in his hometown of Sivota, in Greece.

It was great success: students came from everywhere, from South Africa to the US and Europe, a very dedicated group of experienced photographer, who shared the week of the workshop with three experience models, coming from different corners of Europe.

The rhythm of the week was very intense: between shooting, critique, scouting new spots, and more convivial times such as lunch and dinners, time flied!

At the end of the week, the question was: next time, can we make it longer???

I had a long conversation with Vassilis, and we decided to experiment a new formula: since he loves Italy (he is half Italian, born and raised in Bologna, my same hometown!), he expressed the desire to run a workshop also in Italy…

So the idea is to run two different workshops: one in Italy, at Villa Lina, our fantastic venue just one hour north of Rome, with its incredible gardens and colourful interiors, and the other one in Sivota, where we plan to explore even more of the surrounding.

 

Two different times of the year, different models, and different shooting programs.

In this way we hope to make everybody happy, and be able to follow the right workshop for their needs.

Logistic will be different for each workshop: please read the following descriptions and please contact us f you have question:

 

VILLA LINA, Italy

May 18-24 2024

It’s where we have been running our workshops for the last years. The place is unique. There are different houses within the estate, with very charming interiors, which will offer great opportunities for shooting indoors, a big studio with natural light, where we will also experiment with artificial light, and the amazing garden, for which the estate is famous. Three different swimming pools, one dating back to 1929.

At walking distance, the town of Ronciglione, with his medieval and renaissance heritage, and around us the area known as Tuscia, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, surrounded with lakes, other villages, woods. Rome is just a little bit more than one-hour drive (but who wants to go to Rome?)

We will all lodge within the estate, and meals will be outdoor (weather permitting) under the trees, or inside the main house. Two local cooks will be with us, proving delicious food (too delicious! Expect to gain some weight at the end of the week!)

We will keep this class to maximum of 12 students (with a 1:3 model to student ratio. With 12 students we will have 4 models, with 9 we will have 3.

We will alternate the days between shooting, critique, theory, chats about photography and life.

 

SIVOTA, Greece

September 22-28 2024

We will be back to Sivota. Great time of the year, easy to get there (see details below)

Last September we were all impressed by the beauty of the place and the relaxed way of life. We used Vassilis’ villa has our centre, where we will meet for classes and critique, and also for some shooting. In this workshop we will go out for shooting frequently, in hidden beaches (all the tourists will be gone by then), hidden places in the nature to shoot our models. Again, days will be very full! And slightly shorter than in May. Participants will be staying in a hotel nearby (walking distance) from Vassilis home.

We will keep this class to maximum of 12 students (with a 1:3 model to student ratio. With 12 students, we will have 4 models, with 9, we will have 3.

Lodging & Meals

There is a very cool hotel just outside our Villa, at walking distance. We will provide our special rate soon.

Some of the meals (mainly dinners) will be at the hotel, while at lunch we will be either in town or lose to the locations where we will be shooting.

The town of Sivota has everything you need, right on the seafront, surrounded with by little islands easy reachable by boat.

Sivota is a corner of paradise just in front of Corfù. Strange enough, you will have to fly to Corfù (which in summer is connected with all of major European cities) and then take a ferry and reach the mainland, from there we will organize a pick up to lead you to Sivota

Itinerary:
Corfù airport to Ferry Terminal, aprox € 15 (10 minutes)
Ferry to Igoumenitsa € 12 (90 minutes)
Igoumenitsa to Sivota (20 minutes)

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As usual at our workshops, we will all share the experiences throughout the day, from shooting, to critiques, to meals and relax moments. There will group and individual critiques, and the same with shooting. Students will be shooting individually, with maybe a companion to help as an assistant. Far from us the idea of having more photographers shooting the same model at the same time!

Vassilis usually does not run many workshop (one very 4-5 year!), but he gladly accepted our invitation and offer his availability.
From Italian and Greek heritage, he’s got the best of the two worlds! His pictures, in black and white, have an elegant and sensual approach. Whether it is a portrait, or a silhouette, or a nude, they all share the same intense background. Each picture tells a story, about the model and the place where it is shot.

During the week, you’ll have the chance, under his guidance, to enrich your portfolio and add new strong pictures. Models will be available to help you to create new personal images, and be inspired by their skill.
There will be everyday critiques of your work, to help you improve your vision and techniques.

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BIOGRAPHY

Vassilis Pitoulis Is a Greek photographer born and raised in Bologna (Italy).

He started experimenting with fashion photography as a young man living in Paris in the 80s. Due to family obligations he did not devote himself fully to fine art until much later.

It was after a life threatening health issue event when he decided to leave everything behind and devote himself fully to the art of fashion/ nude photography.

His works are primarily in black and white, as he loves to play with light of the shadows of expression. Women are the main source of his inspiration. His models are elegant, beautiful, yet fearless, and bold; there is nothing they can’t do! They are free to express their femininity, as they wish, without limits, and will often be amused to participate with the photographer in a more ironic and playful interpretation of reality.

We can see Vassilis Pitoulis work constantly making magazine covers, and being very present on the social media, gaining thousands of followers and attention on a daily basis. His ambition drives him across the world on the never-ending quest to render his ideas and inspirations.

Vassilis Pitoulis Is a Greek photographer born and raised in Bologna (Italy).

He started experimenting with fashion photography as a young man living in Paris in the 80s. Due to family obligations he did not devote himself fully to fine art until much later.

It was after a life threatening health issue event when he decided to leave everything behind and devote himself fully to the art of fashion/ nude photography.

His works are primarily in black and white, as he loves to play with light of the shadows of expression. Women are the main source of his inspiration. His models are elegant, beautiful, yet fearless, and bold; there is nothing they can’t do! They are free to express their femininity, as they wish, without limits, and will often be amused to participate with the photographer in a more ironic and playful interpretation of reality.

We can see Vassilis Pitoulis work constantly making magazine covers, and being very present on the social media, gaining thousands of followers and attention on a daily basis. His ambition drives him across the world on the never ending quest to render his ideas and inspirations.

PRACTICAL INFO

WORKSHOP DATES  VILLA LINA • MAY  18-24, 2024  //   SIVOTA • SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2024

 

WHERE Lazio, Italy and Sivota, Greece
WORKSHOP FEE € 1.400 
MODEL FEE  € 600