It all started from one tweet from PD-JKT (Photo District Jakarta) two weeks ago or so about a Worldwide Photo Walk. Not just your typical photo walk but it’s The Scott Kelby!
The photo walk was scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2010 and knowing JR’s schedule, I had ‘booked’ him well in advance so he can watch Lil’ A. He’s great tho’ and kept Lil’ A entertained at home while the driver took me to Kota Area where the group meet-up.
Scheduled for 3:00PM, I got there just 2 minutes shy of exactly 3 o’clock! There were plenty of people – none that I know of. Mind you, this was my first ever photo walk and I didn’t know a soul there. Luckily, I started talking with one guy, Bisma. He’s one of the ‘coordinator’ for our walk. The awkward few minutes quickly disappeared as we started talking about photography then two other guys one an Australian and one a Welsh joined our conversations.
30 minutes later we started the walk from in front of Bank Mandiri Museum towards the Chinese Temple.
I got to meet 3 Australian girls who were so funny and said they’ll use me if they get behind in the group since obviously I wore a pretty noticeable purple blouse. We stayed as a group although we did wonder off on our own to take pictures. It was so much fun! There were over 50 people in the group and it really does felt so much easier taking pictures of people when we’re in a group because I still find it a bit awkward to ask myself. Most of the people we met yesterday would either asked for their pictures to be taken or they would smile and nod when I asked “Boleh di foto?” (May I take your picture?).
Like this one guy who asked for his picture to be taken.
We passed a small street that looks like a traditional wet market and it reminds me so much of the market at Shanmulan Lu in Guangzhou, China. They sells crabs, frogs, even baby turtles – the sight that made one of the Aussie’s girls freaked out.
We reached that same Chinese Temple that I went to the year before.
After the photo walk, they said let’s go for coffee at Oh La La cafe across from Sarinah Thamrin mall, we all hopped and rode the Bus Way to get there. The girls didn’t joined saying they had to head home.
Little that I know the guy sitting next to me is one of the professional photographer on board the group. He asked to see my pictures and that’s when I felt my heart sank! Gulp! He went through my pictures shaking his head and I knew I failed to impressed him so when he praised 3 pictures and told me what to do with them I find it hard to believe. We talked about the technicality and the art of street photography. He shared his knowledge and I will be forever grateful!
That guy like this picture and after looking all of 200 something pictures I took, I agree with him – besides he’s a pro!
Too bad I couldn’t stay long – it was 7 PM and this mommy had to go home before she turned into a pumpkin!
Can’t wait to join the next Photo Walk and explore the city.