Scott Kelby’s Second Worldwide Photo Walk is coming up on Saturday, 18 July 2009 (which happens to be not just MY birthday, but that of our much-loved and revered Madiba, the Father of our Nation). As soon as I heard of this exciting event, I clicked my way over to their website and signed up.
There are two photo walks happening in Cape Town – the one was already full-up (they take a maximum of 50 people, which sounds like a big crowd already anyhow!), but I was lucky to get into the second one.
In case you don’t know what a photo walk is, it’s “the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting.” (Gerry) The brainchild behind this worldwide event is an American photographer called Scott Kelby. There are groups all over the world, 50 people to a group, with each group being led by someone who is either professional photographer or a good leader. As Gerry explains:
“The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of the major tourist destinations in Cape Town and South Africa and the location for my Photowalk. With sweeping views of Table Mountain, a fully operational harbor, many historical buildings and enough shops and restaurants to keep anybody happy the V&A Waterfront offers a great mixture of old and new – all with a truly South African feel.
Our Photowalk will begin at 07h30 at the Old Clock Tower which was completed in 1882 as the original Port Captain’s Office. From here we will make our way around the wharf to photograph a diverse range of subject ranging from museums, seascapes and people to cape fur seals, abstracts and landscapes.
At this time of year the sun rises just after 07h00 which, weather allowing, will allow us to photograph sunrise over the V&A Waterfront with one of Cape Town’s major landmarks in the background – Table Mountain. Shopping hours at the V&A Waterfront starts at 09h00 which will then put us in the prime position to capture the colorful hustle and bustle of the people and staff as they get the Waterfront ready for another Saturday in Cape Town.
We will end our Photowalk at around 10h00 one of the many coffee shops at the V&A Waterfront where we can enjoy coffee and breakfast as we share images, images and whatever else comes to mind!” (Gerry)
So now you know what we’ll be doing on Saturday morning – walking around the V&A Waterfront, cameras at the ready, taking as many creative and unusual photos as we can possibly get. I look forward to feeling inspired and uplifted by merely being surrounded by a crowd of just-as-enthusiastic photographers, and learning a LOT in the process.
What a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday!
p.s. Gerry’s website is http://www.photo-africa.com.