Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013
After last year's booming success, Scott Kelby contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk again this year. Without hesitation I agreed to lead the 2013 walk in Brighton. The photowalk is a global event that is open to the general public, no matter what their level of experience or camera gear. As Brighton is a rich, vibrant and colourful city, I thought we would use COLOUR as the overall theme for participants to look out for on our walk. Obviously, the fantastic quality of graffiti which adorns Brighton played a key role - not forgetting the colourful local characters too.
The turnout was great - 50 people signed up and almost all of them actually turned up! The weather, although gloomy, stayed dry. One fly in the ointment was the route map - I had planned it all out on GoogleMaps and made the link available to all the participants but several people told me they couldn't print the map because they didn't have a Gmail account! Something to consider next time.
Rather than limiting myself to a 50mm lens like I did last year, I chose to use the 24-70 to give me the option of zooming.
It didn't take very long to lose several members of the group as they disappeared down off-route streets, but that was inevitable. Along the way I pointed out areas of interest and tried to steer the group to hidden spaces they might not have been aware of. Close to the end of our walk, we had a welcome surprise - a street performer making giant bubbles, which pretty much everyone with a camera was happily photographing.
According to Scott Kelby, this year there were 1,238 organised photowalks involving in excess of 28,500 participants. That's lightly down on last year, but still pretty amazing to consider.
Dade Freeman is a Brighton photographer producing portraits and headshots for actors, musicians, corporate business and other professional industries.