While nearly every day is essentially a photowalk for me—given my
minor obsession with mobile photography—I've long been skeptical about formal photowalks. I don't know. Just something about the idea of getting together to geek out and essentially take pictures of the same thing as a group of other photographers didn't appeal to me.
Well, that actually ties in directly to a specific reason I was apprehensive about the idea: I don’t like taking the same shot as everybody else. I do, however, like getting to know and spend time with other photographers. And that’s the main reason I joined The Photowalk Alliance on their latest photowalk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore this past weekend.
Well, the fact that Patrick was having a roundtable podcast session with the Photowalk Alliance’s organizers (Joe Sterne & Zach Egolf) also helped motivate me to make my way to Baltimore, if I’m honest. (And we all know I am.)
But I digress. Back to the photowalk…
We got a full-fledged tour of the stadium, and our tour guide took us from the ticketing area through the halls to a suite and then on to the press area and even down to the field. And in the dugout. That's right, we were IN the dugout.
While most everyone else had brought out their DSLR (or two), naturally Patrick and I held it down on the mobile photography front. Given my point above about not liking to take the same shots as everyone else, photo walks challenge me to find something unnoticed, share a different perspective and/or take what everyone might photograph and do something different with it. I made it a point to do a little abstracts, some shutter rolling and then threw in a little street photography once we were done.
All in all it was a great day of photowalking, podcasting and then bittersweet farewell partying (as Joe Sterne and his fiancé Julia are heading to San Francisco!).