Park City Photographers will host this year’s World Wide Photowalk
September 27, 2013
In 2007, internationally renowned photographer Scott Kelby, editor-in-chief of Photoshop User and president of the Kelby Media Group, conceived the event known as the World Wide Photowalk.
The idea was to get photographers from around the globe to gather on the same day to socialize, exchange tips and photograph their own cities, towns, villages and the surrounding areas.
The concept caught on and in 2012, there were 1,300 documented Photowalks that took place around the planet.
This year’s event, which is free and open to any level of photographer, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Park City Photographers will be among the thousands of hosts this year, said, Deborah DeKoff, who along with Rob Follett, own Park City Photographers.
"This is my first year organizing the walk," DeKoff told The Park Record through an email interview. "The other ‘local’ walk has been held in Tooele and led by Scott Stringham, who will be attending the Park City walk this year."
Photographers will meet at Park City Coffee Roasters at the Kimball Art Center at 9 a.m. and depart at 9:15 a.m.
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"We’ll walk down and up Main Street, perusing and photographing architecture, landmarks [and] the Shoe Tree," DeKoff said. "[We] will complete our walk at the Wasatch Brew Pub at the top of Main in time for lunch.
"Dana Williams, mayor of Park City, will be the barrister, welcoming walkers to our town," she said.
DeKoff, who has been a photographer since high school and set up Park City Photographers three years ago, said the first Photowalk she participated in was a couple of years ago in Salt Lake City and has connected with other photographers in other cities by posting her photos on Facebook or Flickr.
" bringing a walk to Park City, I get to share a little of my hometown," DeKoff said. "How cool is it to participate in something so huge?
"To know that all around the world, people are ‘taking it to the streets’ with cameras and meeting new friends, learning new skills, and visiting a new place [is amazing]," she said.
The photographer cites Wilma Martin, her art and photography teacher, for initially sparking an appreciation for black and white photography, which expanded into other outlets.
"My first ‘business’ out of high school was the One Stop Wedding Shop, where I did hair and makeup — I’m also a licensed cosmetologist — created wedding cakes and then did the photography," DeKoff said. "The encouragement I received all of those years ago ignited a passion that still burns. The encouragement of a teacher can spur one on to choose the road less traveled and more creative."
After meeting fellow photographer Rob Follett, DeKoff decided to take her photography to another level.
"Rob is my photography ‘go-to’ guy and mentor [who is] a great photographer and one of the best Photoshop wizards around," she said. "I am right-brained and creative, and Rob is left brained and analytic. [So it’s like] yin and yang."
DeKoff and Follett joined forces to found Park City Photographers and have offered an array of services including portraits, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and business seminars.
"Our work has been in a Disney special, magazines, newspapers, product boxes, websites, bus ads — truly all over," DeKoff said. "It is important to note, however, that I’m quite diverse. When not shooting for clients, I photograph landscapes and classic cars."
DeKoff expects to see all levels of photographers participate in the Photowalk.
"The beauty of a Kelby walk is that it is absolutely free and anyone, with any camera — even a cell phone — is welcome to sign up and join us," she said.
Park City Photographers will host a Park City branch of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk on Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at the Park City Coffee Roasters at the Kimball Art Center at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, about the Worldwide Photowalk, visit, worldwidephotowalk.com. For more information about Park City Photographers, visit http://www.parkcityphotographers.com and http://www.parkcityphotographer.smugmug.com .
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