Last night’s San Diego SMUG, in conjunction with APA, presented an amazing hour long presentation from Phillipp Scholz Ritterman with the photos he took of China’s Grand Canal over the course of about a year (2009-2010).
Phillipp described this self-project as his way of retreating from standard assignments and getting back to his love of image creation. And, beyond how beautiful and stunning his images were, we were allowed a brief glimpse into how he approaches and thinks about the photos he creates.
There was even a raffle that offered an array of prizes. It's always nice to include a giveaway at a meeting, so people excited to attend!
His session really revolved around what he was setting out to document: how China’s rapidly evolving economy ushers out the old traditional way and gives rise to something new.
No one to deny a gracious host; my mind was blown when I turned around to run smack dab into a bowl of Goobers on the table! Seriously, does it get any better than sipping cold beer and eating chocolate covered peanuts while listening to a master talk about his craft? Maybe, I’m just not sure how.
It was a great turnout for the SMUG, like always. I'm so glad I attended this meeting, because the mix of fun and learning was perfect. Plus, the snacks really made it even better!