On the same day in October, nearly thirty thousand like-minded people gathered in small groups across the globe. Congregating at coffee shops, bus stops, bagel stands, parks, courthouses, plazas, and train stations, many of us were meeting for the first time. The common thread between us – a love of photography. We amassed as part of the world’s largest Photo Walk – a free, global event for creative people to get-together socially and share in one of our passions.
A key benefit of the walk for me was getting to see my local area in a new perspective. I have lived in Park City, Utah for nearly eight years. Yet, there were things on my walk that I noticed for the very first time. Part of this was due to the expert eyes of others pointing out interesting things and angles, and part owing to my growing interest in and appreciation for all things related to photography. One outcome is that I no longer see things just as a whole entity, but notice them in parts; I notice the details – the hinge on a door, the wheel of a truck, the dew on a leaf, the glint in someone’s eye. Capturing just part of an object can be fun and let the viewer of the photo conjure up the rest.
I also see photography as storytelling. Great photos are dynamic, they lead the eye, and they show us something – growth, grandeur, the passage of time, relationships, emotion. Here is a link to some of the amazing images, amateurs through to professionals photographers, took during this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk. I have included a variety of my photos below. I am excited to continue to develop my skill and love for photography, and capture a few great photos along the way…
|An old Citroen Bus