I had never been on a photo walk before. Sometimes in open pedestrian traffic, I can become anxious because of the camera in my hand. I don't want to take a photo of someone who will be offended by it and in some cases, I wonder how people see me, standing there with a camera in my hand. So why did I volunteer to not only attend but lead the only Clickin' Walk 2018 in the state of Nebraska? Good question...
It is an experience I wanted to have, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and coordinated this event. If I hadn't, maybe there wouldn't have been a Nebraska Clickin' Walk 2018, which, I understand is not the end of the world. But let's put it a different way: I had the blessed honor of coordinating a group of women to come together and grow in street photography. We also got to know each other in a new or different way, growing our communities.
The Lincoln HayMarket, HayMarket Farmer's Market and Lincoln Station were a great backdrop for our two hour walk and provided such fun opportunities for our skill growth and just taking some fun images. I loved the light and dark of this train conductor and the 45 degree weather with a light drizzle actually offered some great reflective light in the heavy clouds above.
The photo walk gave us, as a united group, some confidence in speaking with people that we might otherwise not have engaged. Such as this lone couple, who we caught dancing to the tunes of a local band, playing under a weather tent at the edge of the Farmer's Market. Once their song ended, they actually approached us to ask about our cameras and what we were doing; to my surprise, they were not offended that we took photos of them and encouraged us to use them for the photo walk. They were so kind and that interaction encouraged me with a little more confidence for next time.
I always love to stumble upon a great new local shop and this was definitely that! I coordinated a Mad Hatter's shoot a few years ago and while I do. not. love Alice in Wonderland (ugh...sorry!), I do love all the design features of that crazy world. Check out The Rabbit Hole Bakery when you want a tasty treat!
The absolute best part of the Nebraska Clickin' Walk 2018 was this...these women. These women all have a unique relationship with and approach to photography, and it was a wonderful thing to spend time with them, get to know them more and grow with them. If you haven't gone on a photo walk, do it! It's so fun - invite some friends along and enjoy taking images that you wouldn't normally capture. And then next year, join us for the Clickin' Walk 2019!