After five years on the volunteer photo crew, I continue to be inspired, delighted and challenged by the 5-day mash up of arts and science that is Beakerhead! Five things stand out about my 2018 experience.
"Be alert, be astonished, share your astonishment." I can't remember where I first came across this advice from fine art and travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. But I do remember it sparked an immediate response. It's like he articulated the mission statement for the Beakerhead photo crew! 2017 was my fourth year volunteering with the Beakerhead photo crew. By sharing highlights and lessons learned, I'll have something besides fading memories to refer to before heading out to photograph Beakerhead 2018.
I am not particularly fast at sorting through and developing photographs (yet), so a month went by while I worked an hour or two at a time to get through the more than a thousand photographs I made during the five days of Beakerhead 2015. I was only about a third of the way through the process when the Beakerhead secretariat put together the official Best of Beakerhead 2015 flickr album. So once I was finally ready to stop tweaking the images in my Beakerhead 2015 photo library, I thought it would be a good exercise to assemble my own best of Beakerhead album. I was originally going to go with 10 images. But then I considered that the official Beakerhead "best of" album contains 32 images selected from more than 700 that were already each photographer's "best of" images and I decided I needed to be even more selective. I'm not sure whether to I prefer to label them them my best, my favourite or something else, but here are 5 images that I think are representative of my photographic work during Beakerhead 2015.
Last week the amazing team at Beakerhead HQ offered up a program of dazzling events. Despite unseasonal snowfall, Calgarians embraced the opportunity to immerse themselves in engineered art, witness artists getting technical and get hands on with science on city streets. My involvement with Beakerhead dates back to early April, when Neil Zeller (who did…