Learn darkroom printing and film photography in Norway.
  • Lyngør, Norway
  • 30 hours over 5 days

Darkroom Printing and Film Photography with Ole

Capture the windswept landscape of the tiny island society of Lyngør through your camera lens. Trek the stunning archipelagos with sailor and master photographer Ole as your guide, then learn the film printing process in a darkroom that was once a former sailing loft.
  • Train/Bus Pick-up
  • Complimentary studio lunch


One Guest
USD $1275
Additional guest(s) (max 2)
USD $585


One Guest
USD $460
Additional guest(s)
USD $260
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Capture all waves of colors.Experiment with Ole's large format camera.Practice black and white film photography.Experimenting with new environments and camera techniques.Learn darkroom printing with baryta and fibre paper.

Meet the Artist

Ole is a Norwegian art photographer, a sailor, and a twelfth-generation resident of the tiny car-free island society of Lyngør. He is deeply tied to this place where he works with staged landscapes comprising motifs dominated by maritime elements. He spends much of his time boating and trekking around the archipelago in pursuit of images exploring relationship between man and nature. Other times, he is inside one of Europe's few special darkrooms built in his father's sail loft. A pupil of Norway's first photo concept artist Dag Alveng, Ole's works have been exhibited internationally. When you visit him, ask him about the year he spent crossing the Atlantic on a 19th-century pilot cutter.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Brief introduction to black and white film photography and camera techniques.
  • Boat ride and trekking with medium format cameras in the archipelago surrounding Lyngør.
  • Film developing.
  • Darkroom printing with baryta/fibre paper.
  • Finalizing prints; retouching, pressing and mounting.
  • All materials including film, chemistry and paper.
  • Complimentary lunch during studio hours.
  • Transportation to and from bus/train station in Lyngør.

Stay at Ole's

Stay in a guest room in Ole’s historic wooden house right by the sea. Includes not one, but two fireplaces, one bathroom, and three bedrooms. All meals are included.

Explore Lyngør

Previously, the village of Lyngør was a popular home for sea captains since it is only accessible by boat and it has no cars. The village is well-known for its scenic harbor and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Most of the buildings are now summer homes, but there are still about seventy-five permanent, year-round residents. The strait that goes through Lyngør is also well known for the dramatic Battle of Lyngør during the Napoleonic Wars, in which the British Royal Navy effectively put an end to the last of Dano-Norwegian naval forces.

Additional Details

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration. If interested in extending your time, let us know by how many days and we will do our best to accommodate you. You also have options to work with color film, as well as make very large prints (up to 150cm x 120cm). Or how about learning Ansel Adams‘ zone system using Ole's large format camera.

Credit: First image captured by Ina K. Andersen, edited by VAWAA.

Ole's Availability 5 days

For longer durations, add a note in your booking request and your guest experience coordinator will help find availability.

Guest Reviews

  • Elizabeth, United States

    My artist vacation with Ole in Lyngør was a dream come true. Going into the experience I had two goals: to begin learning medium and large format film photography, and at the same time to immerse myself in Norwegian life and culture. After exploring Lyngør on foot and by boat with Ole, I was able to capture and bring home a beautiful work of art that I developed and printed myself with Ole’s skill Read more

  • Lucas, United States

    My time with Ole was absolutely incredible. He and his girlfriend, Tine, were such wonderful hosts that it would be downright silly of you to stay anywhere but Ole's place when you visit. Every day, I would wake up expecting to be in my basement apartment in Baltimore, only to be pleasantly surprised that I was instead in a quaint seaside cottage—with a jaw-dropping view of the North Sea and the s Read more

  • Kirsty, United Kingdom

    We had such a wonderful first Vawaa experience! Ole is super knowledgable of the local area and its rich naval history and it was this that made it a perfect mix of culture and art. By the end of the course we were able to confidently tune the cameras to get that 'perfect' shot and had great fun in the dark room watching the magic happen, learning how to edit and fine tune the photographs in the Read more