There’s always a good time for something for the first time. This was my first ever photo walk. And to do it at Los Angeles as part of the Adobe Max 2015 Creativity Conference? Whoa. I was anxious about it – what could I possibly learn here? I’ve photographed so many assignments for all kinds of clients and what could I possibly learn at a “photo walk”? Chris Orwig recently released a book called “The Creative Fight” so he has that thing that I’ve never done – published a book that is, so there was that. Clearly he has more experience than I do. And then I thought I could learn something about running a photo walk too – maybe I could replicate a better model back in India. I went in apprehensively and I am happy to report that it was way better than I’d hoped. Chris had three models who walked around with us – 3-4 block around DownTown LA. Chris also had a few tricks up his sleeve to get the participants to interact with each other, which were genius I think. It is so hard to get the participants to interact with each other. A photo walk isn’t just about photography – especially when most of the audience is a bunch of journalists and bloggers and influencers.
Here are the results. ( At the beginning of the walk, someone asked me whether I was a blogger covering the photo walk or if I was a photographer participating in the photo walk and it was one of those moments where it was clear to me that I was doing both but I wasn’t sure if it was ok to say that out loud and assert my position! )
Chris was great! He even photographed me as one of his subjects during the photo walk. And I got to photograph a couple of other participants. It was fun. My FujiFilm X100 seems to be acting up more than I’d like – it randomly decides to not focus mostly. There were more than a few frames where there was a shot I liked and I photographed it but the camera refused to focus and all I have to show are super blurred frames. Maybe it is time for the a FujiFilm X100T? I really couldn’t be arsed enough to get another camera system with interchangeable lenses.
At the end of the photo walk, Chris also gave away signed copies of his book! I’d been thinking of getting his book anyway and now I have it!
I am in Los Angeles for the Adobe Max 2015 Creativity Conference. Follow along on the #REDHUxADOBE hashtag
Thank you for trudging along with me Laureen!