Taken last May while at the Moab Photo Symposium. Which reminds me, there are still some registrations available for the 2011 symposium with John Sexton as keynote. I don’t know how Bruce Hucko does a 3 day photography event for only $225, but it’s an amazing value. Besides, it’s a delightful time of year to be in Moab, I get to reconnect with friends and see their new work, and I get the creative juices flowing outside my usual stomping grounds.
Are you doing a workshop this summer? (say yes, you deserve it). What’s your plan? Moab or beyond?
The real problem with the Moab Photo Symposium was that there simply was not enough time to do everything. I told the organizer, Bruce Hucko, that I wanted an “E” ticket to the party since I’d not been before, and even then, I missed out on way too much. I could have happily gone to every workshop, photographed at every sunrise and sunset.
The theme was “Bodies of Work, Bodies at Work” and we saw some fascinating projects- I especially enjoyed learning about Chris Conrad’s night photography and ViviAnn Rose’s hand-colored nudes. David Hiser, Jeff Foott and Tom Till gave three very different presentations on the life of a world-traveling photographer; Foott’s talk illustrated the kinds of photos needed to illustrate an editorial piece, which was deeply interesting as I envision telling the Highway 89 story. It was interesting to hear three old-school film guys talk about their digital experiences, especially Till, who has been enjoying shooting with a DSLR after years of lugging around a 4×5 camera. Rory Tyler showed us petroglyphs he discovered-rarely do I meet someone with such a depth of passion for any topic as Rory has for rock art, not just of the southwest, but world-wide. Steve Traut made us all laugh, and I hope to see his work in Grand Junction sometime. I missed out on Vic Beer’s HDR workshop, and I didn’t get a chance to talk to Adriel Heisey until Sunday, which was a mistake because we have a lot of territory to discuss. His aerial work is tops. And I’m still pondering Brian Parkin’s thoughts on working with galleries and how it applies to my work.
So I didn’t get
to go on up for any dawn shoots. The first day I was still practicing the first ten minutes of my talk; then I was scouting for my workshop. Not enough time! That’s why I’ve already agreed to go back next year. Hope to see you there.
Tom Kelly has a great write-up on the Moab Photo Symposium too.