Just a few quick items for your consideration today. First is a little follow-up from Scott Kelby’s post yesterday about Help-Portrait. I had heard about the project some time ago but today I followed up and actually took some time to visit the Help-Portrait site and found a group of for Northern VA. I have registered for the group and hopefully will be able to attend the meeting that is scheduled for this Thursday night at 7:30pm at Ballston Common Mall in the Food Court (by the Chick-fil-A) in Arlington. On the agenda is discussion about what organization(s) to work with for the event on Dec. 12. I was pleased to see a couple of photographers in the group that I already know and I encourage my other photog friends in the area to join in and help out in this very worthwhile cause. Here’s the link to the Northern VA / Washington DC page.
Another Photographer’s Rights Dust Up
I saw this last night and I have mixed views on the incident. The photographer who runs the blog Discarted had a little bit of a run in with some LA Sheriffs Deputies last week in the metro station as he photographed some turnstiles. On the one hand, the deputy in the video (yes, the whole thing is on video) was a little full of himself and seemed to be trying to flex his terrorism crimefighter muscles. On the other hand, I have a ton of respect for anyone that puts on a uniform and will put themselves in harms way to protect me. I understand the importance of standing up for photographer’s rights but there also needs to be an understanding that law enforcement officers have to deal with more stress and danger in a single day than many folks face in a lifetime. Somewhere in the middle is the way this should have been handled by both parties. But that’s just my opinion. Check out the video to decide for yourself.
This weekend marked the start of FotoWeekDC, a festival founded in 2008 to celebrate the power of photography. Last year’s festival drew in about 20,000 people and this year’s promises to be even bigger. There are tons of events planned for the week including exhibitions, lectures, workshops, gallery showings, a tech pavilion, and more. To find out all the details on this weeks events make sure you head to the official website. But hurry, FotoWeek ends on November 17th.
Finally today I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of the men and women who have formerly or are currently serving in my nation’s armed forces. You sacrifice and service for your country is greatly appreciated. Bless you and your families!