The photography show was back after a years absence because of Covid19 and it was great to visit the NEC for all things photographic.
For me as a photography business owner, it’s a chance to see what’s new within photography and to meet up with fellow photographers.
I have been to numerous shows before, but this year was the first time that I visited some of the talks that are held throughout the four days.
I headed to the Shutter Street stage as there were a couple of photographers talking and sharing about their journey into photography. There was Alex Benyon a street photographer who gave us the audience an insight into how photography helped him cope with depression. Some truly wonderful images that he showed us of life in a city and as he explained how he captured the images rang true to how I create some of my work, trying to blend into the background whilst creating true street images, as the person you have photographed has to be unaware of the photo being taken so it is real and not staged or posed.
A second speaker was Marc Bates a wedding photographer who explained how he got into the genre and the amount of hard work and detail that goes into a wedding photo shoot.
Both speakers were great and captivated the audience and so nice to be able to engage with your peers in such a way.
The one speaker I wanted to see but wasn’t able to, was the incredible Rankin. I have followed his work and his recent tv show where he mentored new and upcoming photographers was very inspiring. I did manage to get one image of Rankin as I went past the stage and he is on the right as you look at the photo and is being interviewed.
The show itself was probably a little smaller where stalls were concerned, but plenty of space around for you to get to see different business. The big named camera brand stands were busy as ever with people checking out the new lenses and cameras and the usual array of print companies that seem to get larger every year.
How many sleeps till next years show? Less than 365.