“It’s not about the Photography, it’s about the people”

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 26, 2010

Category: Events | Videos

Saturday 24th July 2010 will surely go down in history; a day when 33,000+ photographers in cities around the World took part in Photo Walks. This World Wide Photo Walk was the brain child of best selling author, Photographer & President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (N.A.P.P.) Scott Kelby and is the 3rd of it’s kind.

For those of you who don’t know, the idea of the Photo Walk is to get groups of no more than 50 people together in cities across the world and go on a photo ‘hunting’ exercise for 2 hours; basically a huge social event for anybody interested in Photography from Professionals to folks who use their camera phones. Each of the cities around the world will have a designated leader; someone who has organised and advertised a walk and who’s unenviable task it is then to choose a winning photograph from the day; the winner then being eligible for prizes valued in their £££’s in the overall World Wide Competition.

However it’s so much more than a ‘competition’ as my good friend Scot Baston said…“It’s not about the photography, it’s about the people” and having lead 2 previous walks and experienced the unforeseen benefits, he’s so right.

This year I lead a Photo Walk in Windsor, UK and had a fantastic day with a great bunch of people, great weather and plenty of laughs along the way; and for those who wanted to stay a little longer I put together a ‘mini’ workshop to go through just a couple of lighting techniques too.

I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that came along and took part making the day a success and a big shout out in particular to those of you that had travelled a considerable distance and number of hours to be there; I really do value your friendship and support guys!

So, here’s to the next World Wide Photo Walk…wherever that may be 🙂
Enjoy.

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21 Comments

  1. Jürgen

    Hi Glyn,

    I can second that. It is about the people. For our walk in Cape Town, I was surprised on how many of the people, who signed up, actually participated.

    Another point, you made implicitly, is that it is not about the camera. Having a mix from phone camera up to DSLR in a group makes for good eye openers. Very often participants with the simplest cameras create some of the greatest pictures, as they know their camera inside out and don’t get over concerned about settings.

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    • Glyn

      @Jürgen…Same here to be honest; we did get a few ‘apologies for absence’ before the walk started but still had a great turnout which was real nice, and yeah Scot nailed it…’It’s not about the photography, it’s about the people’…so true!

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  2. Neal Hibbert

    Was a fab day mate, met some really nice people. Great Video as well, nice one 🙂

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    • Glyn

      @Neal…Cheers Buddy and thanks again for all your help and support; you’re a star!

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  3. David Kelly

    Hi Glyn,

    Glad to hear it all went well on Saturday – hear about major problems on the M25 on Saturday morning / afternoon and wondered if that have caused some delays to things (I know Keith had problems, from his tweets on the day).

    As has Scot says, it’s very much about the people and the social interaction. Definitely a social photo activity that should be done more regularly throughout the year, not just on WWPW day.

    Regards,

    David

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    • Glyn

      @David…Yeah I think quite a few of us had ‘challenges’ getting there; it seemed like every turn revealed road works or a road block. Still all turned out well with a great turnout of a great bunch of folks, and yeah I agree…Scot very much summed it up in one sentence.

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  4. Scot Baston

    Hi Glyn,

    What a fantastic day and more than worth the 4 hour drive each way to partake. It truly is the wonderful people that made this event so entertaining and informative. There were real characters within our group and from without… a special mention to the security guard that took a special interest in our photography. at first he was a little suspicious but with a little charm and explanation about WWPW, he was soon letting us know of all the special places we could shoot from.. Result!

    A big thank you for the mini lighting seminar that you ran after the course. You made learning as simple as possible but no simpler (to quote Einstein) and you did it with humour. A special thank you to Danny the model for being so patient with some many requests.. “Look left, now look right Noooo look left” 😉

    Cheers for the link, very much appreciated mate and hope to catch up again real soon

    Scot

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    • Glyn

      @Scot…Absolutely mate; a fantastic day that both Anne and I thoroughly enjoyed.
      It was great catching up again…next time we wont leave it so long and we’ll also get those photo shoots sorted that we talked briefly about.

      I’ll pass on your thanks to Danny who is as you say. an incredibly patient guy which makes him so good to work with.

      Thanks again for making such an epic journey to join us mate; I really do mean it when I say that I appreciate it…I’ll make the journey down to you next time for sure!!!

      Cheers,
      Glyn 🙂

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  5. Tim Skipper

    Looks like you guys had a great time. Here in the US I went on the walk in Destin, FL. It was a beautiful day but hot. The group shot for about two & half hours then went to a local restaurant for drinks.

    I got the chance to meet several local photographers and even had my ego stroked (which my wife says is the last thing I need) when many of them said they had heard of me. It was a fun day and I am glad to see other groups had as an enjoyable time.

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    • Glyn

      Tim…Yeah the day was fantastic; I knew it would be good as these social events always are but it was even better than I expected; great turnout, great people, great weather and plenty of laughs…perfect!

      Glad to hear that your photo walk went well too mate and you even got the ego stroked…can’t be bad huh 🙂 lol

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  6. Keith Hammond

    It was a top day, great to meet new people and nice to be chatting with other photographers. Despite my expensive Polaroid film it was a bit of a let down, just got to wait and see what the Diana produces, thats if i can afford the developing costs
    🙂
    Lovelly to meet and chat with Anne, Lyn and Nic say hi.
    Thanks Glyn, nicely organised mate.

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    • Glyn

      @Keith…Thoroughly enjoyed it mate; was a superb day with lots of new friendships made. Was lovely to meet Lyn and Nic too…you all made quite an impression on Anne 🙂

      Looking forward to seeing your results with the ‘Diana’ … very intriguing piece of kit there.

      All the best to you,
      Glyn

      ps> Group Photo has now been uploaded into the Windsor Flickr Group as well as the Official WWPW Flickr Pool 🙂

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  7. Keith Hammond

    Just a thought Glyn can you put the group shot in the Flickr group and we can tag ourselves

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  8. kelley

    Glyn, what a great post! Looks like you had a great day! We had a group of about 50 people here and about 100 overall on the city block! It was fun to see everyone with their cameras. Some people asked us where we were visiting from…

    Well done!
    Kelley

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    • Glyn

      @Kelley…Yeah we had a superb day; great weather, great turnout, great folks and plenty of laughs along the way.
      Great to hear that your day was a success too; 100 overall…superb!

      Well done to you too,
      Glyn 🙂

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  9. Steve Porter

    Hi Glyn, you and Anne are wonderful hosts and the work you put in to organise the event is very much appreciated. I have to reiterate what Scott says and it was definitely worth travelling up from Devon, put me down for next year! I had a great day and met alot of lovely like minded people i just wish i had more time to talk to people. Also many thanks to Danny for giving his time for free it was really appreciated which i think was shown by the amount of people that hung around for your mini workshop.

    All the best

    Steve

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    • Glyn

      @Steve…Thanks for the comment mate; very kind. Anne and I had a fab time and it’s so good to hear that everyone else enjoyed it too 🙂
      It really is appreciated with you travelling all that way, so next time we meet we’ll be coming down your neck of the woods!

      Cheers Buddy and thanks again,
      Glyn

      ps> I’ll be sure to pass on your comments to Danny too.

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  10. Scot Baston

    Glyn.. it was a pleasure to make the journey… maybe next time Steve & I can meet up before hand and travel up?

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    • Glyn

      @Scot…That sounds like a plan!
      Thanks again mate.

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  11. Nina

    Thanks a lot Glyn. I enjoyed the day very much indeed.

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    • Glyn

      @Nina…You’re very welcome; it was great to meet you and also to hear that you enjoyed yourself…mission accomplished huh 🙂
      Best wishes, Glyn

      ps> We’ll try harder looking for a spiral staircase next time 🙂

      Reply

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