I’ve been planning a series of street photography photowalks and workshops for quite some time. When the RNC (Republican National Committee) selected Cleveland as the site of their 2016 convention, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to kick off the program.
As time drew near, I was unsure what to expect. After a number of recent terrorist attacks in Europe and here in the States I was pretty concerned that some bad guys were going to try something here on our turf.
Thanks to our local law enforcement, the Secret Service, and state police from around the country, Cleveland was arguably the safest city in the country this week. Great Work Guys!
This past Wednesday we held our first SPM sponsored photowalk at the RNC and I couldn’t be more pleased. We had five shooters (including me) from Ohio and Pennsylvania. The experience level ranged from a first timer, a baby photographer to seasoned street veterans.
Our objective was to pull together a variety of photographers of different skill levels and viewpoints to chronicle life on the streets surrounding a presidential convention. For all of us it was a once in a lifetime experience.
Together we visited several locations throughout the day. At each place we went off on own to shoot what we wanted, with our own gear and in our own styles.
We’re still in the process of compiling the the best of everyone’s shots to create a special article in the August issue of the magazine.
Many thanks to Melissa Hughes, Karri Wirth, Stan Lindholm and Randall Roberts for taking the time out of their busy schedules to spend a day on the streets with me. It was a gas. Watch for their photos in the August issue of Street Photography Magazine.