Sorry I wasn't able to make it over this morning. Hope you all had a great time and beautiful light. Miss everyone! Shawn
I very much enjoyed this weekend. Thanks John and Dolly for opening your home up to us.
I enjoyed meeting many new people and seeing some excellent photographs.
To those that offered advice on taking my film photography to the next level, to the point where I can at least do the processing at home, I'll take you up on the offer. Watch out for a PM from me!
I'm already looking forward to the next meet up.
It was such a pleasure to see you go from a half day visitor last event to a three day participant two months later. I’m glad you enjoyed the weekend. That sort of enthusiasm snowballs, even in this heat, and helps everyone enjoy the gathering. I certainly will be glad to follow up on my offer, as I am sure anyone else who made one, will.
Lee and Sue
Dolly and I went to the Akron Art Museum this afternoon and saw two great shows. If you missed it, come back, because you really missed two excellent exhibits. Having seen the Andrew Moore video, listened to interviews on NPR, listened to Jeff on and on, I at least had some idea what to expect. Wrong, blown away by the quality, drama, presentation, subject. Really wonderful prints, subjects, ideas, sentiments. I sorta liked it.
That in no way prepared me for the Arctic Re-visions: Isaac Julien's True North June 5, 2010 - October 3, 2010 http://www.akronartmuseum.org/exhibi....php?unid=1497
Three giant movie screens in a barren room with one row of seats. Each screen contributed to a whole photographically that made me realize just how long ago was Cinemascope. The film was powerful, overwhelming, fantastic. Congratulations home town art museum. I am really happy we are here to see your offering. Thank you.
Back home safe and sound and have worked through the important part of the "honey do" list, I have a moment to mix up some film developer and say thanks to John, Dolly, and the girls, and all of the great photographers I met, for putting up with me for the weekend. I had a great time, hopefully have some good photographs, and am looking forward to a return. I enjoyed meeting everyone and learned a lot from the weekend. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park looks like it has a lifetime's worth of material!
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming– “Wow! What a Ride!”
— Hunter S. Thompson
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Thanks again for a great weekend John and Dolly.
Sue and I enjoyed the new faces and new places. Sue is healing up from the hornet attack, although it is still tender. Dolly thanks again for the ice!
We both are looking forward to the fall visit. Keep the dates locked in once I hear from you. Got to capture a wedding Oct 9th, so I know that date is out for me, but if that turns out to be the magical date, go for it.
So, when's the next gathering?
Again, many thanks to John and Dolly for their hospitality and a very enjoyable weekend.
Thanks, John and Dolly. It was a very enjoyable time, and great to see old and new friends.
Thank you John, Dolly and the girls once again for your hospitality in hosting these gatherings. It was wonderful to see what others are doing photographically, and to explore beautiful Cuyahoga Valley NP.
All the best,