Each fall for the past 8 years thousands of photographers worldwide come out behind viewfinders and computer screens and join others in an even knows as the World Wide Photo Walk. This year almost 20,000 photographers participated. The event was founded by Scott Kelby and internationally known photographer and Photoshop expert, author and publisher. There were 4 walks in the Twin Cities. We decided join two of them and capture the photographers in action.
Minneapolis – Minnehaha Falls
This walk is in its 8th year and was organized by Melissa Pfeifer. The group of about 30 photographers included a wide range of equipment and equipment. Their walk took them past the Falls to the banks of the Mississippi and back. Many of the walkers appeared to be returning participants.
St. Paul – Harriet Island
This walk returned after a hiatus first in 2014 and now this fall, and was attended well beyond the 50 walker limit. This shows organizer Tomas Alvarez’s popularity in the Minnesota photo community. The walk was organized through the Facebook group Minnesota Photography Club which has over 6500 members ranging from smart phone users, old school film shooters, and hobbyists to some internationally knows professionals. Alvarez is also one of the founders of Minnesota Exposure. The crowd was a mix of Facebook members and walkers that had found the walk through the web site. Several of the Minnesota Photography Club core members were on hand as shepherds and advisers. The group initially spread out covering Harriet Island, the Wabasha Bridge and riverside. At dusk the walk moved to the Smith Avenue Bridge Overlook to take in downtown St. Paul.
Both walks seemed very well received by the participants. Speaking from personal experience I always enjoy meeting fellow photographers gain ideas, share knowledge, and learn new perspectives.