On May 7, 2016 a group of hearty photographers gathered on the Ogunquit seacoast to walk and talk photography. This was part of my annual New England Walk (NEWLK) which takes place in various towns across New England. So far, our group has visited Portsmouth, NH, Salem, MA and Ogunquit, ME.
As an aside, we are now working on plans for our next meet in Quechee, VT for this fall's peak foliage. Details on the website.
For the Ogunquit, Maine walk, I brought a couple cameras to use. My trusty Plaubel-Makina 670 to let others put some rolls through and my Chamonix 45n-2 to continue getting comfortable with the camera. Good friends Matthew and Michael took turns with the Makina - each putting about a roll through it. I also put a partial roll of 7 shots with Kodak Portra 400 through (color photos on this page) which was developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab and a couple shots of HP5 Plus 400 to finish off Michael's roll (dev and scan on that by Michael).
With the Chamonix, I put a half dozen sheets of Ilford HP5 Plus 400 through, developing and scanning at home. There were a couple I liked, but for the most part not happy with the results this round. I liked what the Makina produced much more for this trip.
With a handful of new faces and a bunch of wonderful returning ones, we headed off down the walk mid afternoon to brave the elements.
The weather was far from cooperative as it was a cold & rainy day. Somehow, we were able to dodge the worst of it during the walk itself and only had to endure occasional mist and the cool temperatures. Given the conditions, it was a nice showing - a good 15 people coming and going throughout the trail over a few hours.
A massive variety of gear was once again amazing from all. From cellphones to instant cameras to various 35mm and medium format film and digital bodies to a couple large format beasts and even a coveted XPAN made an appearance. It was fun to hear the mumblings of some serious G.A.S. pangs from the crowd with all these new toys to play with.
As is par for the course, the walk was dominated by more talking and smiles - and less shooting than expected. And I mean that in a good way as the knowledge exchange and budding friendships is the best part of these walks. The shooting is just icing on the cake. What other opportunity do you really have to handle, shoot and discuss such a wide array of bodies, formats and lenses?
Those that lasted to the end of the Marginal Way gathered for a group shot with my 4x5. I took one, then had a child that was watching us take the second. He really seemed to get a kick of shooting an olde timey camera. I posted the first group shot below (the second was a little off).
After the group photo, we all headed into Barnacle Billy's for freshly caught seafood and brews by a roaring fire. I was so excited to see that almost everyone decided to go in and continue the talks. A handful of us ended up shutting down the place with some pretty deep conversations on life and planning a crazy train ride to NYC in September. We could see the wait-staff putting away all the other tables and vacuuming the floor, so we reluctantly took the hint and parted ways until the next walk.
Recaps from the walk will be published this summer in SALT, so stay tuned for various images and perspectives on the walk. I know a couple blogs have popped up with photos and words from the walk. The ones I know of are: Matthew and Sierra - but I'll update with more links as I see them pop up on Twitter.