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What is a photowalk?

“What is a ‘Photowalk’ anyway?” Is a question I get asked regularly and the answer is as simple as it sounds but deeper than you might think. At its most basic a ‘Photowalk’ is about getting out with your camera and taking some photos.

It could be around your yard, at a local park, in the city, or way out bush.
It could be 5 minutes, 5 hours, or 5 days.
It could be on your own or with a hundred of your closest friends
It could be using mutiple cameras and lenses, or an old film camera, or just with your phone camera.
You may take hundreds of photos, or you might take just one.

The point of a photowalk is simply to get outside, into the world and take some photos.

But a photowalk is not just about ‘doing’ – taking a walk and taking some photos but also about ‘being’ – immersing yourself in the world around you, slowing down long enough to notice the details of life that so often escape us. It is about taking the time to explore, be curious, challenge your perspectives, learn about your world and yourself.

A photowalk with friends can be a time of community and connection, of sharing a common passion, learning from each other and seeing how others percieve their world. I am always surpised at the wide range of images that emerge after one of our Scenic Rim Photowalks – even though we are all in the same place in the same conditions we all seem to find very different images.

I often find that going out on a photowalk even when I am not feeling particularly motivated, is a good way to become inspired and I find myself slowly seeing more and more. Sometimes I come back with some great images, sometimes mediocre but I almost always come back refreshed, having engaged in my surroundings, seen some otherwise forgotten beauty or simply refreshed by being outside and having some time out.

There is nothing complicated about it and all you need is some time and something that takes a photo, then go and enjoy the world around you, slow down, share the experience.

That’s what a ‘photowalk’ is to me – what about you?

Some inspiring images

Just to whet your appetite and get those creative juices flowing, check out the winners from the 2012 World Wide Photo Walk. Looking forward to seeing what we come up with tomorrow.

http://worldwidephotowalk.com/2013-best-photos/

2013 Overall Winner – World Wide PhotoWalk

Scott Kelby’s Annual | Worldwide Photo Walk

If you  haven’t already heard about this (or even if you have)  check out this page.  We are planning to register our walk to coincide with this great concept later in the year. Stay tuned…

http://worldwidephotowalk.com/

Exhibitions

2 exhibitions starting this weekend:

Midtone – 17-29th Jan at Brisbane Institue of Art – including work by one of our local photographers Matt Willman. More details at http://www.facebook.com/midtone2014

 DECKade – 18-23rd Jan at Boonah Art Gellery –  a exhibition by local artists on skateboards celebrating the 10th aniversary of the Boonah Cultural Center.  More info at:  http://www.boonahartsociety.org/whats-on.html

A selection of Member images

Here is a selection of images submitted by members of our Facebook page, some taken on one of our gathering and some just shared with the group. Enjoy

A great family Photo Walk idea

I came across this little gem of an idea today for doing a Photo Walk with your kids (or Grandkids). It sounds like a really fun and engaging thing to do, it doesn’t require any preparation and you could even just use your phone’s camera.

Check it out: http://www.preparingthesoil.com/2012/02/27/abc-photo-walk/