Sunday, March 28, 2010

Photocrawl: the second, in which we encounter the CEntEr oF the UNIverSe

Last Sunday a different group of local photoart journal-ists met up to crawl the Fremont Sunday Market!  Michele, Louie, Suze and I met at Alderwood mall and drove together to Fremont.  I haven't been to Fremont for years, and if I had been dropped there, I am not sure I would have known where I was it has changed that much!  Of course, the landmarks are still there, the Fremont bridge, the Aurora Bridge and Waiting for the Interurban, but there are condos galore, and very spiffed up businesses, like the new (at least to me) Fremont PCC.

The market was really great!  There were some street performers, and lots of very interesting booths, as well as an underground flea market that was fabulous!  We wandered around, shopping, taking photos, trying out hula hoops, talking to people, and then went to Blue Moon Burgers to eat and work on journals.

My scanner messed the blacks in the page on the right... Louie doesn't really have scary green eyes...she has very nice eyes!  Louie is one of the most prolific members of the photo group, and this was my first time meeting her.  She brought her sister-in-law, Suze, who was a wonderful addition to the group!
I had a very good time shopping at the market, especially the hypermarket, underground.  I loved the flea market!  Michele and I kept each other from adding too much to our already overflowing stashes!
I was a little too caught up in shopping and didn't take as many photos as I would have liked, I realized as we sat in the Blue Moon deciding what photos to print.  Maybe when I go again, I will be more focused (pun intended)!
I am very happy with my second photocrawl journal, I have an idea to do a whole series of them, in this format and to create a boxed set!

Louie and Michele have also blogged about the day, and their journals, check them out!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photocrawl Seattle!

First a little background, I am a member of the photoart journal yahoo group started by Catherine Anderson four years ago.  Having a subject to work with for our frequent collaborative photoart books has really helped me to see more intensely.  I have an excuse to focus on the things I see that interest me and capture them with my point and shoot camera (I am no great photographer, but my little camera is almost always with me!)

Almost two years ago, I had the idea that it would be really fun to gather some of the members of the yahoo group who live in the Seattle area and do a photocrawl, much like a sketch crawl, only with our cameras.  Scheduling difficulties and my broken wrist kept the idea on the back burner until this month.  On Saturday, Paula and Jan took the train up from Vancouver, WA and Dawn and I met them to do our first photocrawl at the Pike Place Market!

All of us are art journalers, so we included journaling after a few hours of photography.  I made some simple folded paper books for everyone and using our Pogo printers, we printed some of our photos and each worked on a small book of the day.  If you click on everyone's link above, you will eventually see their books.  Paula's is up now, and mine is below.

It was a wonderful experience, I realized that though I have been to the Market 100's of times, I have never had a camera with me!  I ended up seeing the Market with new eyes!  I loved all of the neon, but never really registered it before.  It was also very satisfying to make and complete a little journal so quickly.

We all loved the day, and look forward to more photocrawls, in Seattle and Portland!