“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey.
At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.”
| Vera Nazarian


It is with deep joy that I would like to announce today a workshop that I have been thinking about for a long time and would now like to offer with my friend Trym. If you have any questions, please contact me at any time.



Trym Ivar Bergsmo, René Algesheimer


To SIGN-UP for the workshop, please CLICK HERE.



The “Find Your Artistic Identity and Create Meaningful Photographs” workshop will support you in finding your artistic identity and translating this into meaningful visual work with intent. This workshop is for people who create but question their style and search for deeper meaning in their photography.

A camera is a tool. But what are you using this tool for? In a world dominated by daily to-do lists, numerous incoming messages, and social platforms clamoring for our attention, it seems easier to consume rather than focus and create. Nowadays, we actively train ourselves to suppress our own personality by allowing too much noise in our environment to influence us. As a consequence, we lose not only the ability to listen to ourselves but also to express ourselves artistically. We lose our artistic voice.

As a photographer, you want to master your craft. However, you then want to use this craft for your creative vision and intent. This workshop focuses on the craft of creating photographs with intent; it teaches and accompanies you on your own personal journey of finding your true identity and letting it speak through your work. We believe that conscious creation rather than consumption leads to happiness and a better life balance.

This workshop is a project of the heart. It was rooted in Trym and René’s deep love for people and nature. This workshop is, therefore, about something that many of us have lost: Mindfulness. The instructors devote time and attention to the workshop participants, listening to, accompanying, and inspiring them as well as working creatively together with the objective of creating a small photographic project in one week.

In order to be able to concentrate fully on our artistic intentions, our “why”, we decided to do without too many external impressions as far as possible. Therefore, we spend most of our time in one and the same place. We get to see and know this place and develop a feeling for how light and moods affect it, for the elements of the place and its environment. From time to time, we make small trips to other places to still be inspired. The workshop will take place in the wonderful Harstad, Northern Norway.


Before the workshop starts, participants must complete an online survey about their creative experiences, intentions, and needs.

For the workshop, we will spend six nights in the beautiful landscapes of Hinnøya. We usually stay on location, but sometimes we will flavour it with short excursions. The light at this time of year is dramatic and unusual. In combination with the wild and varied landscape, there will be amazing photo opportunities. On most days, we’ll go out for sunrise and sunset, working on individual photographic projects. In between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we will have sufficient time for small keynote speeches, working on individual projects, group discussions, portfolio critiques, and time to test.

Photographs: Trym Ivar Bergsmo


  • Working on a photographic project
  • Finding individual identity and visual strategy
  • Feedback on the participant’s work and portfolio critique
  • Regular keynote speeches for inspiration and direction
  • The landscape – big and small (grand vistas and intimate landscapes)
  • The arctic light
  • Advanced photo technique
  • Special techniques in editing in Photoshop / Lightroom


  • Support workshop participants’ in finding their own artistic identity and intent.
  • Help participants translate their individual intent into a photographic project.
  • Write a short project description.
  • Increase course participants’ knowledge of landscape photography through theoretical and practical experience.
  • The participants suggested a stronger personal expression in their pictures.
  • Give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the photography of one of the most outstanding winter landscapes Europe can offer.
  • Establish a positive learning environment for creative work, socializing, and learning.
  • Help participants give themselves a challenge and come back with new and exciting photographic material.

Photographs: René Algesheimer


  • Date:                                      tba
  • Location:                              Lødingen, the entrance to Lofoten and Vesterålen.
  • Available seats:                Max. no of participants: 12; Min. no of participants: 8
  • Workshop fee:                  NoK 29’500
  • Workshop start:              tba at 16:00, Evenes Airport ca kl. 16.00.
  • Workshop End:                tba at 10:00, Evenes Airport, ca kl. 10.00.
  • Logistics:                               tba
  • Food:                                       If we need to make any adjustments to your diet, please inform us as soon as possible.

COVID: The workshop will be conducted within the regulations and directions from the Norwegian Ministry for Health and Care. If the workshop has to be cancelled due to Corona, you will get a 100% refund. Minor price adjustments are possible due to Currency Fluctuations.


  • 6 nights in single or double rooms, shared bathroom
  • All ground transportation to and from Evenes Airport (EVE)
  • Breakfast and lunch very day (bring your own termos!)
  • All tuition
  • 2 professional photographers are available during the entire tour.
  • Individual sessions in the field and in post-processing.
  • Image critique, feedback rounds, and portfolio development.


  • Drinks, alcohol, and dinners. We will go together to restaurants for dinners.
  • Any private insurance, taxes, levies, immigration, duty, and visa fees, where applicable
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Transportation on location. Suggest we share some cars.


  • 10 of your personal favorite photographs printed on DIN A4. You choose the topic.
  • Before the workshop, we’ll ask you to fill out an online survey on your intentions and interests.


The trip requires some walking in flat terrain, to and from beaches, and easily accessible locations. We will not wander far from where we park the car.


The course is suitable for passionate landscape photographers at all levels of experience who are eager to find and/or strengthen their artistic identity, who want to work on a particular small photographic project during this week, and who seek inspiration and feedback at all levels of the photographic process.

We will use both Lightroom and Photoshop. It is an advantage if you know the software, but no assumption.




Photograph: Trym Ivar Bergsmo


Workshop Instructors


Born and raised in Vesterålen, he studied photography (BA-degree) for three years in the USA and has worked as a professional photographer for more than 30 years. He has a strong affiliation with the Arctic landscape and has, via commissions and personal projects, photographed in Northern Norway, Svalbard, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, etc.

He has a predilection for landscapes. His personal projects are often linked to renditions of the landscape and its relation to the people who live in this part of the world. This has led to several books, exhibitions at home and abroad, and photographical commissions. At present, he is working on major documentation projects in Northern Norway, exhibitions, and new books.

Bergsmo is arranging workshops with the LANDSCAPE as the main theme. His geographical knowledge and experience in the North are of key importance in the planning and implementation of these workshops, which cover the Arctic part of Norway (three northernmost counties).


René Algesheimer

René Algesheimer (Ph.D. in Marketing, MA in Mathematics, BA in Music) is a photographic artist, authoreducator, scientist, mentor, and public speaker.

In his main time, René works as a Professor of Marketing, data scientist, teacher, and coach at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, one of the leading management faculties in the world. There he has been mentoring more than 30 scientists and roughly 20 Ph.D.s. He has a vast teaching experience of more than 20 years focusing on Personal Branding and Digital Marketing. He supported artists and entrepreneurs to discover their identity, create meaningful work, carve out conceptual depth from artistic work, manage a brand, and position them in the market professionally.

René’s poetic and spiritual reflections of the present in his art have formed through his education in music (BA in piano), photography, and the arts. Combining these two backgrounds in science and the arts allows him to see things beyond mere place. In his photographic work, the experience of the outer natural world is neither separable from its eco-social context nor the inner conflicts between ego and heart. Instead, René portrays landscapes as alternative realities with higher meanings, where photography becomes something else.

René is also co-owner of “Epiphany Press”, an independent fine-art publishing company. The goal of epiphany PRESS is to publish books with fascinating topics from the fields of philosophy, art, and science, which touch the reader with excellent photographs and honest texts. Books that have something to say. Books that are made with love, passion, dedication, and intent. René is the creator and editor of the book « Voice of The Eyes », published by Epiphany Press.

René speaks English, German, and French.