Posted on 03 October 2012 by Mathew White
As the newly appointed president of the Osoyoos Photography Club, Peter Hovestad is looking for a way to expand the club’s demographics and get a few fresh faces behind the lens.
That drive for new members has lead Hovestad to get Osoyoos on board with Scott Kelby’s fifth annual Worldwide Photo Walk.
“I’m trying to get the word out and get more people interested in the photo club,” said Hovestad. “We have a pretty good core group of regular people … anywhere from six to seven people or 12-13 people, depending on the season, and they tend to be people in their early 40s, 50s or 60s. So I’m trying to expand the demographic of the club and build the club up.”
“When you have such a small group of people with limited interests (and when) there’s not a lot of diversity, it can become stagnant. So the more people there are, the more back and forth there is (and) it just makes for a better club.”
Hovestad said he first heard about the worldwide photo walk while listening to a podcast by Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).
“For quite a while I used to listen to photography podcasts,” he said. “If you’re into photography and you’re on the Internet and you’re doing any kind of bouncing around, you’re going to run across his name.”
For those who don’t know, a photo walk is exactly what it sounds like: a group of photographers gather at one spot before spending a few hours walking around town, taking pictures of whatever catches their eye.
Hovestad said he participated in a photo walk in Prince George a couple years ago and it was something that went over very well.
This year’s Worldwide Photo Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 and Hovestad said anyone who is interested in photography is more than welcome to participate – there is no cost and it is not just limited to those in the photography club.
Interested photographers are being asked to meet at the Gyro Park Bandshell at 12:45 p.m., with the walk running from 1-3 p.m.
So far no set route has been planned, said Hovestad, but he plans on making a round-about trip that takes people to a few great locations around town before circling back to the Bandshell.
Afterwards he hopes those who participated can go for a bite or a drink and compare and discuss the afternoon’s shots.
For more information on the Osoyoos walk specifically, Hovestad can be contacted by phone at 250-535-1278 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk in general, visit www.worldwidephotowalk.com.