The idea of photographers getting together, walking around a location, shooting and chatting is not a new one.. The PhotoWalk has become a great fun way to network with like minded creatives. For the most part, there is more talking than photography.. even a fair amount of geeky gear talk, comparing gear and opinions.
Last Monday was a variation of a photowalk I had not tried before.. Bring your kids to Photowalk day! 😉
The crowd for the day was quite small, but made up of friends and family that all knew each other quite well, even if we rarely get to see each other as much as we would like. Our group was made up of Shelly Lovegrove, Myself and Dominic Dorey (and family).
I had already decided that I was going to limit myself to only shoot with my 85mm prime at f1.8 just to challenge myself to see with fresh eyes. Whether it was the lens or the company, but I found myself being drawn to shoot people photography much more than the landscape or street photography.
As you can see above.. our first stop of the day was to enjoy refreshments and catch up on the latest gossip.
Suitably refreshed, we headed off to explore the local delicacies that Exeter had to offer.. these included a build a bear store for the little ones, an amazing sweet shop for the not so little ones and a camera shop.. but I repeat myself
As you can imagine, this was tiring work that required yet more refreshments and gossip, so off to the waterfront for a liquid lunch
…and a wander around the riverside.
One of the funniest moments of the day, excluding the 3 lads rowing naked down the river, was when a swan sneaked up on Dom’s youngest son.. The ensuing shock and dance by poor Lucas had us all giggling madly, esp as the swan was bigger than he was!
I can honestly say that I’ve rarely seen anyone with as much energy as Dom’s eldest lad, Tomas.. he was literally chasing after every cyclist and runner along the river front. I was exhausted just watching him!
As often happens on these photowalks, the focus is more on the conversation than the photography. This is no bad thing as catching up with valued friends within the industry allows us to talk about the pros and cons of the industry. Being a creative in business is often tough.. Do we follow our creative instincts or follow the money? Do we spend so much time being a business that we neglect our art or go the other way and create great art that no one knows exists? It can be a very fine line to walk and getting together with friends whose opinions I value, really helps me to maintain my balance and focus.
What do you do that helps you walk that line between the creative and the business?