OK, you know that feeling, when you’re excited and nervous at the same time? Where you have a very cool opportunity but it costs some money or time or energy and you’re not sure you’re ready for it? I have that right now, this moment. I just registered for The Vancouver Gathering with David duChemin in October. It’s two days with David and 20 other photographers. As he put it on his blog:
This is a chance for 20 like-minded and like-hearted photographers who won’t have a chance to travel with me to places like Italy, Nepal, or Africa, to get the best of my teaching in person, here in North America. The weekend will be dedicated to talking about photographic expression, and how we accomplish that in camera, in post-production, and in the larger context of our bodies of work. There will be a lot of discussion, a lot of laughter, and a lot of time to think about what we do, why we do it, and yes, how we do it.
The first Gathering, announced a few weeks ago, was set for August. I was so excited to see that email. Vancouver BC is a day’s drive from here. I could totally swing a long weekend! By the time I saw the email in my inbox and clicked to register, it said SOLD OUT. Darn it! So I signed up for the waitlist thinking, Who knows what might happen.
So this morning another email arrived in my inbox… An offer for those on the waitlist, first dibs to register for a second Gathering added for October. YES!!! I’m in. I’m going to Vancouver in October, to talk photography with David duChemin. I’m so excited to learn from him in person. You all know I LOVE his books. Of all of the photographers I’ve come across so far, his images and words resonate with me the most. I’m also scared as hell, because 20 people? Yeah, I can’t hide in the back in a group that small.
Yesterday I wrote “It’s the act of moving forward, that widens the path.” Living by that, today. Excited and nervous at the same time. Of course, I will tell you guys ALL about it, come October.