The PhotoComment Arts on Main Photo Walk

December 9, 2010 · 2 comments

in Culture,Documentary,News,Travel

A couple weeks ago on a rainy Tuesday morning Tristan, Werner and I were sitting sipping cappuccinos, chatting about the photography industry and brainstorming ideas for PhotoComment, when Tristan said “What about a Photo Walk?” This no doubt got the creative juices flowing, so Werner ordered another double espresso and we started planning the very first PhotoComment Photo Walk.

Our plan was to keep the first Photo Walk group small and intimate, so that we could get to know each other, and learn from each other. Since December 2010 marked the first printed edition of PhotoComment Magazine, the Photo Walk was also a celebration to note this worthy event.

On the morning of the Photo Walk, we were blessed with the most beautiful sunny weather, so armed with our walking shoes and camera gear, we set out to explore the streets surrounding Arts on Main in Newtown, Johannesburg. Accompanied by a security guard, the group felt safe as we headed off as tourists in our own city. Guided partly by Werner’s knowledge of the city, and partly by intuition or recommendations from the group, the walk was relaxed and not too structured.

Words can’t really explain the Photo Walk experience, so here is a selection of my favourite images…

On a personal note: I have often driven through the city – dodging maniac taxis, driving in circles when my GPS goes on the blink, and nearly causing severe damage to my car ramping over the Reya Vaya bus lanes – and each time I go into town I dread it. However, walking in town, taking photos – is a completely different experience. This Photo Walk opened my eyes and ignited my creativity. For the first time I understood why tourists explore our city centre. Especially Newtown, which is decorated with exquisite locally made street art. Following the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer, I had a renewed sense of being proudly South African.

After just over two hours of walking and snapping away, we headed back to the canteen at Arts on Main for refreshments and the eagerly anticipated lucky draw! The prize, a 715B Digi Black Manfrotto tripod with integrated ball head, was sponsored by Singer Photographic, and was won by Photo Walker veteran, Mark Straw.

If you missed out on this inspiring day out, take a look at the gallery of images shot by the group here and make sure you register with PhotoComment to hear when the next Photo Walk will be!

More of my travel and street photography can be viewed here.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rozette Van Den Bergh December 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

It truly was an awesome experience! Thank you to all for making it so much fun!

rikki hibbert December 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

It sure was! We are planning dates for the next two walks, will let you know once the plans have been finalised.

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