Saturday 18th July 2009 will surely go down in history; a day when 30,000+ photographers in cities around the world took part in a Worldwide Photo Walk. This worldwide photo walk was the brain child of best selling author, Adobe Photoshop Guru and Photographer Scott Kelby and is the second of it’s kind. Last year was a huge success but this year saw numbers of photographers becoming involved, far more than anyone ever expected.
The idea of the photo walk was to get a group of no more than 50 people together in a City, anywhere in the world and go on a photo opportunity ‘hunting’ exercise for 2 hours. Having been contacted by Scott several months previous, I had the opportunity to organise and lead a UK based leg of this record breaking event. The city I chose to do the walk in was Guildford, Surrey so at 1pm a group of keen photographers all met in Starbucks for the obligatory caffeine hit and then made our way off around a pre-determined route taking us through cobbled High Streets, to Castle Grounds and then ending off near a lock on a canal.
It really was a great day having the opportunity to mix with people from all backgrounds but with one common interest…photography. Walking round it was really intriguing to see what members of the group were photographing; things that others just hadn’t considered or seen but then that is what’s so intriguing about photography and how we all ‘see’ things differently.
At the end of the walk we ‘debriefed’ and took a quick look at what photographs had been taken whilst sampling some of the local ale. All that remains now is for me to pick the winning photograph from what was taken by everyone, and whoever took it wins a prize and the opportunity to win many thousands of pounds worth of photography gear as the overall, wordwide winner.
Kudos to Scott & his team for planning such an enormous event that was clearly enjoyed by everyone involved; many new friendships have certainly been made.