walking talking shooting

In Community, Digital, Manifesto

Manifesto #5:
We believe that photography is a solo pursuit
made much more enjoyable when practiced
with the support of a community.

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On a recent foggy day in San Francisco, a few of us got together for a photo walk (Maite, Kirstin and her family visiting from London, and lucky me). We met at the Warming Hut and strolled over to Fort Point, a favourite destination of mine.  Cameras were strung around necks and even raised now and then – but who are we kidding – we spent most of our time gabbing and drinking coffee.  And although we did talk about photography, the topics also ranged from our families to our jobs to our travels.

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Conversation aside, what I love about gathering with others who share my passions – even though both Maite and Kirstin shoot film and I don’t – is the understanding that mid-sentence a photo might need to be made.

A Hitchcock-style hallway grabs my attention …..

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….. and light, it’s always the light that makes me stop …..

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(Because our 6th Manifesto is one I live by: “We believe in the transcendent power of really good light.”)

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….. or you notice Kirstin’s husband and son pointing their phones in opposite directions and as she runs over to capture the moment, you capture all three of them.

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I am grateful beyond belief for friends who love their cameras and are willing to set out on an adventure, even if it’s brief. I find that day-to-day life sometimes saps me of the energy to shoulder my camera and head out the door – the photos I manage to take are for clients or are quick snaps with my phone to capture my family or a walk with the dog. Which are all meaningful, but sometimes I need the reminder that photography started out as a hobby and was something I loved to do, as opposed to a task to be accomplished.

What gets you out the door, camera in hand?

cheers,
kim

7 Comments

  1. I want to walk with you, and our photog friends. This is lovely. xo

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