So here it is, my first blog entry. I'm not entirely sure what the format of these blog posts will be, I figure it may (and most likely will) evolve over time.
I started this site to share my images with friends, family, strangers and anyone that may randomly stumble upon the site. My motivation for the blog is twofold. Firstly, I want to be able to provide some sort of context to the images I share with the world. On more of a personal note, the blog will serve as a journal for me to reflect on as I grow and learn more about the art/craft of photography. Here we go...
NYCWLK is a workshop/meet up/photowalk organized by Johnny and Rebecca Patience. While the workshop portion of the event is focused on film related photography techniques, the photowalk is open to all forms and formats of cameras. You'll see everything from iPhones to medium format behemoths on the photowalk, it's really an eclectic group of people (and I love it). If you haven't attended a NYCWLK or a NEWLK (hosted by Ray Larose), I highly recommend attending at least one. I've met some wonderful people and made some great friends through these "WLKs".
This was my second year attending the NYCWLK and I have to say it keeps getting better each year. It was great to see several people from the first year come back for this year's gathering but it was nice to see some new faces as well. We don't want this turning into a cult...right?
After NYCWLK 1.0, I came to the conclusion that to get the most out of these events you have to spend multiple days in the city. There's simply not enough time to mingle, shoot, eat and sleep. So I took Friday off, hopped on a train with my fellow photo friends/nerds Ray Larose and Carla. As always, the three of us had a great time chatting on the train. The conversation was filled with laughs, photo jargon and plans for our time in the city.
Unlike NYCWLK 1.0 that was held in Manhattan, this year's event was held in Brooklyn. I decided to stay in Brooklyn to be closer to the action. With the exception of a solid 3 hour walk that I took with Jakob on Sunday as we made our way to our departure points, I spent the entire weekend in Brooklyn. So it should come as no surprise that most of the images that are within this post were taken in Brooklyn. I really enjoyed spending time outside of Manhattan. Brooklyn has an incredible range/variety of neighborhoods. From $10 million Brownstones to rundown blocks that made me feel a bit uneasy to explore, Brooklyn really does have it all.
When all was said and done, I only ended up shooting three rolls of 120 film during the entire trip. One roll of Portra 400 that Richard Photo Lab was nice enough to develop for free (thanks guys!) and two rolls of Tri-X 400. You may ask "Three rolls for three full days in NYC?! What the heck were you doing the whole time?". Yes, I know...it's not much at all. Actually, I shot with my Pentax 67II the entire time which means I only took 30 photos in total. Instead of taking photos, I spent MUCH more time talking with the group and getting to know the other attendees, shooting really took a backseat. I'm extremely grateful for being able to spend a weekend with so many friendly, talented, encouraging and caring individuals.
I've known several of the attendees via Twitter for years now but we never actually get to talk in person. NYCWLK is a chance for all of us to talk face-to-face which is such a treat for me. Call me old fashioned, I guess, but I'll take a great in-person conversation with a friend over a Twitter or FaceTime conversation any day.
In closing, the NYCWLK and NEWLK events have had a real and meaningful impact on my life. I've met some incredible people and some (hopefully) lifelong friends. It's truly incredible how a group of supportive and like-minded people can help you grow and strive to be a better photographer.