OTH: Worldwide PhotoWalk (2011-10-01/02)

My involvement in photography as a hobby has been an on-again, off-again affair. It’s looking like that’s about to change back to on-again for a while, as I just found out about Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk, an annual photography event which has been going on for the last four years. I’m featuring this in an On The Horizon post because there are two walks in Houston (so far), one of which has already filled to capacity (50 photographers), and the other is already over half full (21 slots left as I write this), as well as one in Galveston with plenty of room (35 slots), and I want to get the word out far enough in advance (one of the usual purposes of an On The Horizon post). Note this is not specific to the Houston area or even Texas or even the US, and there is no fee to participate.

The Houston walk with openings starts at Lanier Middle School, 2600 Woodhead Street, at 8:15am, on Saturday, October 1, and is led by Laurie Ballesteros, who you may know from her photoblog at photine.net. The focus of this walk is Westheimer Road in the greater Montrose area, and it will be approximately 1.25 miles long. The end time is listed as 10:00am; after the walk, the group will gather for brunch at a local cafe in the area.

The Houston walk that is currently full is a downtown-based walk starting later in the evening on Saturday, October 1, meeting at University of Houston Downtown (1 Main Street) at 4:00pm, and running until 8:00pm. The leader of this photowalk is Joe Lippeat, administrator of the HoustonPhotowalks.com site, who has not yet announced the post-walk dinner plans. While this walk is currently full, you can sign up for a waiting list, as plans do change (the site will not let you sign up for more than one walk, however, including waiting lists).

If you’re further south, or don’t mind driving further south, there is also a walk in Galveston’s Historic Downtown Strand District led by John D. Lively, starting at 9:00am and meeting at Saengerfest Park. John led a walk based in The Woodlands the last two years.

If none of these appeal to you but the general concept does, you can start your own photowalk on the site as well, until September 15.

It looks to be a fun weekend for all, whether toting a DSLR or point-and-shoot.