On May 15, 2015, I had the honor and privilege of hosting the 1st bi-annual #NEWLK (website link here) in Portsmouth, NH - sponsored by Richard Photo Lab and Hunts Photo & Video. I have to admit I was nervous about the whole deal and was kept awake the night before wondering who would show, would it rain, would the walk go as planned, what will I talk about and so on? As this was my first walk (hosting or otherwise) I wanted to keep things light and open. No classes, no scheduled talks and a fairly open route. I planned the route the month before but was second guessing the long walk over the bridge for city shots. I kept thinking time could be better well spent in the city - more variety of images to make. Luckily, I met up with Michael for an early lunch and beer and we started walking part of the route. In doing so, we remapped a large portion of it and found a wandering path through Portsmouth that would be perfect.
At 3:00pm, we made our way to Starbucks (our planned meeting location) and slowly folks began to gather from around New England and Canada (eh Matt?) I got a few texts from folks caught on I-95 which was a parking lot due to weekend traffic. (Note for 2.0 - don't send folks on the busiest stretch of highway in New England at peak hour) so we decided to hang out until 3:30pm to let everyone get into town. We ended up with 22 folks, then headed out.
The NEWLK walk took us through historic areas of Portsmouth, down to the harbor. I found myself talking with all the people on the walk rather than shooting. I only ended up going through 3 rolls of Portra 400 - and technically, one roll of 120 that Matt let me shoot through his wicked Zeiss Ikon Tengor-Box from between 1952 & 1954. It was a crazy rig with so few combinations for f-stop / shutter speed that you can practically count them all on one hand. Sadly, I botched the development and got blanked on it. I think I used the Tri-X dev time by accident. Sorry Matt.
For some reason, my focus on photos seemed to center around scooters and doors with some random people shots. You'll see below what I mean.
It was nice seeing groups of people walk and talk together, and the groups constantly shifting through the day. Getting a chance to put Twitter (#NEWLK) and Instagram faces together for the first time was such an amazing feeling - and now I connect with many of these people on a whole new level.
I learned that photowalks are not just about photos.