Mick Stetson is a photojournalist and freelance photographer who specializes in documenting cultures and people from remote regions within Asia. Mick focuses mainly on diminishing cultures and cultures that are transitioning or transforming as a result of the encroachment of modernity. He is especially interested in the effect that the pressures of globalization are having on the traditional lifestyles of various ethnic groups and how it affects their individual and cultural freedom.
About Mick Stetson's Business
Mick operates Off Beat Photography Workshops & Tours which are intimate, handcrafted photographic tours/workshops that will take you into the heart of a culture’s diverse landscape and customs. The tours are authentic journeys where you will explore and intimately experience ethnographic traditions that have survived for thousands of years. In addition to having a unique cultural experience, you will learn photographic techniques (both basic and advanced) that will develop your photographic abilities and personal vision, taking your photography to the next level.
Upcoming Photography Tours
September 26 - October 9, 2017
Imagine hiking along an ancient trade route then entering the winding cobbled lanes of a once thriving trade center; or witnessing blood sacrifices at a hilltop temple; or wandering through a Mithila village with mud walls decorated with wildly colorful paintings of people and animals; or staying at a Gurung village rodi overlooking the stunning Annapurna range; or meandering through the narrow back streets of a living museum, encountering the frenetic rhythms of the Navadurga dancers as they dance, possessed by spirits. This is the magic of Nepal.
“Inside Nepal” is an intimate, handcrafted photography tour/workshop that will take you into the heart of Nepal’s diverse landscape and culture. It’s an authentic journey where you, the photographer, will explore and intimately experience its culture and traditions that have survived for thousands of years.
Japan's Ancient Myth Road
December 12 - 17, 2017
As the sword is drawn from the water, drops form on its edge, and when the gods, Izanami and Izanagi, sweep the blade through the sky these drops fall back into the ocean, forming the mystical islands of Japan.
The historical roots of the Japanese people lie in the myths and legends that began more than a thousand years ago. These ancient traditions are still evident today and a significant part of modern Japan’s ethos and imagination.
By traversing the ancient myth road on Kyushu Island, you will visit the places where the myths originated and discover the soul of Japan as well as the hidden realms of its culture that few tourists experience.
A Sacred Sojourn - Nepal
January 26 - February 8, 2018
In the pre-dawn dusk, the pilgrims arrive. After crossing the narrow bridge that spans the Salinadi River, they enter the inner sanctum at the temple complex. Although the moon is full, the mist from the river hides its cool brilliance. About 200 women devotees gather around fires in the inner sanctum, absorbing its warmth before taking their first holy bath in the cold Himalayan stream.
"A Sacred Sojourn” is an intimate, handcrafted photography tour/workshop that will take you into the heart of Nepal’s spiritual landscape and culture. It’s an authentic journey where you, the photographer, will explore and intimately experience the religious traditions that have survived for thousands of years.