CONTRIBUTED BY PAMELA OLIVERAS
Love photography? Like to mingle? Then you will want to know about the PhotOkinawa Ning group.
Back when I lived I San Diego, I joined a photography meet up group. My first meeting that I RSVPed to with them was a carpooling trip to the Anza Borrego Desert. Yes, I was a little nervous. Will they be friendly, snobby or just plain weird? It all ran through my mind. We met up in some car park near downtown San Diego, allocated cars and off we went. I do realize that I could have been taking a trip to the middle of nowhere with 20+ virtual strangers who could have been serial killers, but you have to take some risks in this life! I will never forget that trip, I was on a photography high for days, it was so much fun. All meetups with that group after that were very easy! I am actually still a member so when/if I go back, I am all set to go!
When I got here, I missed that group, so I decided to start one here.
So far we have been a a few outings and had models to photograph. Last year we went up to the Haunted Hotel a number of times with models in tow…
Photo by Pamela Oliveras.
Street photography your thing? You might even like to turn around and photograph some of the locals…Many people are happy to be photographed…
All are welcome, whether you are an amateur or a pro, new or old to the art or if this is a mild hobby or some kind of obsession (ahem)! In answer to a question about not having the ‘best/latest’ equipment: “if it makes photos bring it! No-one cares what equipment you have. At the end of the day, it’s your art and there’s more to it that the equipment. It’s composition, a feeling, what you like, a passion. Most of all, it’s about getting together with people who like to photograph a lot!”
In the works for 2010: more walkabouts, photograph the photographer, a night shoot, Ryuku Mura, Yomitan, what else? This is everyone’s group so join in and bring your ideas to the table. You never know, you might even make a friend or two.