A year gone by already!
Each year, at about this time, the Kelby organization sponsors the “Worldwide Photowalk” which is very popular with photographers at large, especially those who subscribe to the educational services of KelbyOne as I do. Each walk is limited to a maximum of 50 participants, and usually there is one per city or suburb. This year, there were 20,001 participants registered in 1,052 cities and locales around the world. Participants have the opportunity to compete for some serious photographic prizes. I was the organizer for Wellington and I was honoured to be joined by 36 fellow photographers. We began at Te Aro Park in the heart of the city.
This walk was intended to discover the texture of the city as found in the back alleys and side roads, and the fabric and architectural details.
Some of our participants engaged in street photography, but I am not extroverted enough to do that, so I concentrated on other things. A couple dining at the open window of a Cuba Street restaurant were bemused to be asked if I could photograph their table. Wine was open but food had yet to arrive.
When you are in the company of other photographers, you tend to be watchful for new views, hopeful that you will see it before you do.
Sometimes the discoveries you make are where you might least expect. I walked on this memorial to Joe Kum Yung, a murdered Chinese miner “killed by gunshot, 24 September, 1905” before I realised it was there.
Though the walk was just 3.6 km long, we took almost two hours (as expected) to reach the waterfront where there was a lovely calm and a delightful stillness on the water.
Our collegial adventure ended up at Mac’s Brewbar in a very amiable gathering.
It was a happy day.