I’m a huge fan of the photowalk – wandering around and exploring with a camera to find and capture compositions I find beautiful and interesting.
But when I read about photographers who deliberately meet up with other photographers to collectively go on a photowalk, my feelings veer between horror and bewilderment.
Why would you do that??
You see, for me the photowalk is a wonderful opportunity to escape from most, if not all, of civilisation and retreat somewhere quiet.
Somewhere I don’t have to make conversation or interact, just slip into my own solitary, personal photographic flow.
If I was with other people, it wouldn’t offer that same quality of experience.
Their constant presence would prevent me from finding that silence and rhythm.
I love to ramble at my own pace, which varies depending on my mood, the weather, the camera I’m using, and the variety of (or lack of) photographic opportunities.
If I was with other people, there’d be a compromise of this pace.
Someone might be too fast for me, I might be too slow for them, or vice versa. They might want to venture down one path, I might want to head off along the other.
Then, from what I’ve read, even worse, these kinds of photographers then go somewhere for a drink and chat afterwards, to discuss and compare their gear.
I’m not all that chatty in person, and greatly dislike pointless small talk. And I’ve done enough discussing and comparing of gear to last the rest of my life.
No thank you, these days, I just want to get out and enjoy the kit I have to its fullest.
On my own.
As you can tell, a group photowalk to me sounds like an absolutely terrible idea.
But perhaps that’s just me…
What about you? Do you take part in group photowalks? What do you enjoy about them?
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