Let me take you back about a year.
Last September, Johnny Patience and Rebecca Lily (the power couple of the film photography universe) hosted LNDNWLK 2.0; a photowalk around London with 30 or so of their closest international friends.
Now, as regular readers will know, I *love* London, and it just so happened that I was due to be in London last fall. Unfortunately, I missed LNDNWLK 2.0 by just a week (though I did have a terrific tour of Brighton from the talented Mr Welland - whose company I shall once again enjoy this coming November).
Fortunately for me, Johnny and Rebecca (as well as Bijan Sabet) created NYCWLK 1.0, which was held on September 12. As soon as I heard that (and considering NYC is a mere hour flight from Toronto), I was all over it. Circumstance *almost* kept me from attending, but I managed to make it work - by flying in at 6:30AM and flying out at 7:30PM, the same day.
I managed to sneak in some quality time with some great friends ahead of the walk (and get a mini-tour of Forest Hills, to boot), and then headed into Manhattan to meet the wonderful NYCWLK peeps at the Leica Store in SoHo.
The walk did not disappoint. It was so great to chat with the people behind the Twitter handles, and to have real friendships take the place of virtual ones. The walk - at least, the photo-taking - was almost secondary. What a terrific day in New York City.
Thanks to everyone who attended, and especially to Johnny, Rebecca, and Bijan for hosting. A a HUGE thanks, of course, to my wife for agreeing to the whole thing. Love you, babe!
Oh, and for those interested, the gear:
- Leica M3 w/ 35 f/2.8 Summaron
- Mamiya 7 w/ 43 f/4.5
- Provia 100F and 400X (developed with the Unicolour 3 bath E6 kit)
- Ilford HP5+ (shot at 800 and developed in Diafine)