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GeekFest 2009 St. Pete, FLA September 17th, 2009
Last weekend I ventured down south of the Mason-Dixon Line for GeekFest 09, a gathering of rabble rousing visual journalists that need a place to commune. Corey Perrine called it Camera Camp. Officially it’s the annual gathering of members from the AphotoAday community. Melissa Lyttle always drops some inspirational speakers on us: Sam Abell, Bryan Moss, Damon Winter, , Allison V. Smith and her Superficial Snapshots, Pat Farrell, Dai Sugano, Bob Croslin, Nicole Fruge, and many other geeks I dearly love.
My friend John H. White always talks about the the need to recharge your batteries, to build your photographic armor, to bask in some PJ love. (video here) These are all people who have a common goal, to document, to tell stories with their cameras, to be awesome visual servants. Everyday in newsrooms it gets heavy, everyday my phone goes nuts with car crashes, shootings, fires, stabbings. You gotta find the small slice that lifts your soul and makes you want to be better. To tell better stories, to effect more change. I love my geeks. I miss them already. But it’s nice to be home and working.
The Weird World of Adult Short Games August 14th, 2009
Late last month one of my favorite & craziest photographers, Sol Neelman, was in Chicago en-route to photograph the World Lumberjack Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin with Shauna Bittle. (his photos here) An interview with Sol was recently featured on Resolve, a livebooks blog. The blog is a treasure trove of information about transformations and finding your inspiration. After reading the interview I dug out some photos from late July.
Shauna is a huge fan of “Short Game Golf” and took Sol and myself out for a clinic. One of the best things about having great photographers as friends is they live for a new experience. Mini golf on a Wednesday afternoon, why not? And who would think to drive to Niles, IL to play? Exactly.
This was the hole Shauna got a hole-in-one.