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.