This past Saturday, October 13, I participated in the 5th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. It's an event put on each year where photographers from around the world, amateurs to pros, get together and spend some time, roughly 3 hours walking and taking pictures of a certain area determined by their walk leader. Walks took place from India to Iowa and Detroit to Denmark... In total there were 31,918 photographers who took part in 1339 organized walks. As mentioned in the headline it really isn’t just about photos. It’s more about the camaraderie between photographers and getting to know more about the world around you. Photography is a very solo type activity so when there is a chance to make it a more social event it always turns out more enjoyable.
The walk I took part in was held at The Abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit. There were approximately 50 photographers who showed up ready to take some photos, meet some new people with like interests and go out and have a bite to eat after the walk. The morning was cloudy and it rained a bit but that actually helped on some occasions with getting some subdued light coming in through the broken windows and missing parts of the roof. I was able to meet many new people and exchange some stories of other photo walks I have been on as well as them. Our walk leaders were Alanna St. Laurent, Jesse Welter and Eric Tillman from the Motor City Photography Workshops. We split up into three groups with safety being the main concern which is always a good thing when going through that type of building.
The day did not disappoint at all. I was able to get some great photos , you can view them by clicking here, and met some new friends at lunch who I am sure we will be out again soon on another walk somewhere. If you ever get an opportunity to do this walk, no matter the location, take advantage of the opportunity…
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