Last week I attended NYCWLK 1.0. A small, friendly gathering of photographers from all over the world came to New York City to participate.

The day started with a wonderful film workshop. It was a fascinating discussion ranging from technical matters, such as metering and the importance of using a pro lab, Johnny also covered artistic areas such as developing your own style. The workshop was inviting and interactive — with great examples and a rich set of questions/answers.

After the workshop the group went on a photowalk from SoHo, through Little Italy, Chinatown and then over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn. The day ended with dinner at 61 Local.

It was so much fun spending time with everyone. Many of the attendees are people I have only interacted with on Twitter but never met in person. That was a personal thrill for me. It was inspiring to be around such a great group of people with a shared passion for making photographs.

My thanks to everyone that made the time for NYCWLK. My gratitude to our friends at Leica Store Soho, ONA and Richard Photo Lab for sponsoring the event and supporting the community.

“You want to meet some folks for dinner you never met before in person on our vacation? Okay”

That was Lauren’s response when I suggested meeting Johnny and Rebecca Patience during our trip to Ireland.

I first came upon Johnny and Rebecca through their blogs (his/hers) when I was researching medium format film photography. It was clear they were both exceedingly talented but also kind with their time helping other photographers. I started following them on twitter (his/hers) and they followed me back and we started to connect.

When we met for dinner at a restaurant in Cork a few weeks ago it was like sitting down with old friends. There was so much familiarity & it was so great to exchange stories, laughs and dreams.

I’m grateful that my new friends Johnny and Rebecca are as kind in person as they are online.

I took this quick snap that wasn’t very good by any technical measure which is slightly embarrassing given the company — but a warm reminder of a wonderful evening.

ps: oh and by the way today is Rebecca’s birthday. Happy birthday Rebecca!