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Vivienne Gucwa with Sony at PhotoPlus Expo 2013
To say that last week was a transformative week on many different levels would be a bit of an understatement at this point.
I have spoken at smaller conferences before but I had never spoken at a trade show or done any public speaking on that level. When Sony asked me if I would give a presentation on the Sony Stage at PhotoPlus Expo earlier this year, I said yes without hesitation. And when I was asked if I would also be on a panel about Disruptive Technology, I said yes without hesitation as well. While the thought of both the panel and giving a presentation all three days of the Expo terrified me beyond belief, I knew it was something I wanted to do.
Something I believe in wholeheartedly is embracing whatever it is that you fear the most. It’s the only way to come to peace with yourself and allow yourself to live fully without regret.
My life has been such a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions. There have been so many deeply disheartening lows peppered with a few interesting sparks of awesome. “Vivienne, you should write a book” is a phrase I hear often (still trying to determine if that is good or bad?) if you catch me on a good night and I start to talk your ear off about everything that has transpired in my life.
When I fell in love with photography a few years ago for the first time, I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be standing on a stage representing Sony talking about my photography to an audience of incredibly inspiring photography enthusiasts at a trade show attended by 25,000+ people. This definitely goes down as one of the best experiences of my life so far: one of the brightest sparks of awesome that has occurred.
My presentation was titled: Mobile Photography: A World of Possibilities. I spoke about my own traditional client workflow and how I conceptualize the places I photograph as well as how I merge that with client expectations. And then I spoke about how I have been able to incorporate my love for mobile photography with my client workflow using the Sony QX100.
The panel I was on was titled: Disruptive Technology which covered photography and new media and included Rick Smolan: a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series; Matt Kloskowski: the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine; Brian Smith: a Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity portrait photographer; and Alex Garcia: whose time at the Chicago Tribune as a photographer has earned him many accolades and awards deeming him “one of the world’s best photojournalists” by HarperCollins.
I want to give special thanks to Sony for making all of this possible. Even that seems inadequate somehow. If I could somehow hug Sony collectively, I would.
Thank you to everyone who spoke with me after my presentations as well. You have no idea how inspiring all of you are and how great it was to hear your feedback.
Additionally, there were so many inspirational conversations I had and so many inspirational people I met last week. I am grateful for all of it.
I have a bad habit of thinking that good or even great things that transpire in my life will somehow immediately diminish and disappear in a puff of smoke. I am learning to embrace these moments of transcendence and wrap myself in them for a longer amount of time. Thank you to my friends who have been there for me and who help me to relish the good moments that occur for all of us. You know who you are.
A good friend and colleague, Me Ra Koh, gave me great advice about embracing public speaking that she had gleaned from elsewhere and it was to: “fill the space” in a physical and metaphorical way. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp what that meant until I started to give my first presentation.
And when I realized what that meant while finishing the first sentence of my first presentation, I smiled.
I hope I keep filling the space in the best way I know how.
Photo Credits (in order of photos as they appear in the photo-set:
Autumn - Central Park - New York City
And as the sun
lets light slip through
into the embrace of autumn’s
the earth gets lost
somewhere between the glowing
embers of summer’s memory
and winter’s distant
This was taken yesterday while wandering around Central Park trying to unwind from the awesomeness of the last few days at PhotoPlus Expo. I presented all three days on the Sony stage about mobile photography and the QX100 which I used to take this photo.
I will post more about that experience later this week.
For now, I am willing to just get lost in this view.
What do all of these photos have in common?
Ok. I will help!
All of these photos were taken with my phone and the QX100!
And all of these photos will figure heavily in a presentation I will be giving at PhotoPlus Expo on the Sony stage all three days of the Expo. My presentation is called Mobile Photography: A World of Possibilities.
I will mainly be talking about how far mobile photography and the modern photographer’s workflow has come. If you will be there, stop by the Sony booth to get a listing of presentation times!
I will also be on an incredible panel on Friday, also at the Sony Booth, called Disruptive Technology with Rick Smolan: a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series; Matt Kloskowski: the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine; Brian Smith: a Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity portrait photographer; and Alex Garcia: whose time at the Chicago Tribune as a photographer has earned him many accolades and awards deeming him “one of the world’s best photojournalists” by HarperCollins.
Super excited and hope to see you there!
P.S. - Since I will be super busy with the Expo for the rest of the week, I will mainly be posting to my Instagram here if you want to follow along: Travelinglens on Instagram
New York City nights - Empire State Building - Chelsea View
Taken with the QX100 and my iPhone.
Loving night photography with the QX100! This is a re-post from my Instagram where I just posted this photo.
If you are curious, I wrote a lengthy post where I discussed details about the shooting modes, interface, menus, and how the QX100 works with your smartphone or tablet (both the QX10 and QX100 are Android and iOS compatible). Here is the link to that post:
Ok, back to taking photos :)