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Labour Day 1971, I arrived in America on a 21 day 14 City
information gathering trip which end up changing the writer
and professional photography in New Zealand for ever.
the very early Seventies things were rather dull in the photographic
scene in New Zealand and as I had been on the Professional
Photographers Association executive for many years I had reached
the stage of knowing what was happening throughout the country
and was totally unimpressed with any future growth than I
could see in the current direction my peers were heading.
decided that, before, I would get out of photography, to visit
the largest country in the world with people with money to
spend, the United States of America, and see what was happening
there in photography and see if any of the ideas could be
imported back to New Zealand.
was one word for what I've learned, COLOUR. I came back and
switched my studio to Colour almost overnight and my customers
could not get enough. I then started my two to three trips
per year to America travelling and the learning and bringing
in two-to-three Americans speakers a year to teach New Zealand
photographers the finer points of selling, good photography
and every thing else in between.
started up what became the largest wedding and portrait colour
Lab in New Zealand and sold that finally some 8 years ago.
It is still operational, but in my eyes not effectively.
tried many things in the 8 years and it boils down to the
fact that currently I am bored and currently I note that wedding
and portrait photography in New Zealand is at a worse state
than it was in 1971.
almost 30 years after my first visit to I'm returning to travel
across America visiting with some of the leading minds and
experts at this craft to again see if I can find any ideas
that can be brought back to New Zealand.
time it is not for survival like it was in 1971 but to put
something back into the craft and that is been extremely generous
to the writer.
This is a list of the questions I will be asking at the 15 plus studios I visit across the States
....Starts on the 3rd August when I leave NZ with the writer flying direct to Chicago (where I arrive on the same day) for the Professional Photographers of America National Convention where I would hope to update myself with the latest in Digital technology, what is happening, the attitudes of the speakers, the offerings in the trade shows, and the equipment on offer in this medium.
I will be interested in what the Lab's have on show and how they are coping with this major change in technology and how the are handling the Ink Jet "do it your self" thinking.
I will be interested in how the Ink Jet coys are promoting the "Do it your self thinking"
Finally I will be returning to LA to start my tour across the country calling on studios seeing how they are thinking about changes to this new technology. I will be talking to some Students about these changes and seeing how their thinking equates with the thinking of working Professionals.
.......on the 3rd of September I to fly to Amsterdam.
There I will spend a few days with friends before I fly on the 8th to New Delhi for 23 days of photography in Rajasthan flying out to Singapore on the 2nd October. (See Map of tour of Rajasthan)
I will return home on the 8th October when it will be a matter of analyzing what I have learnt and how it can be applied to New Zealand photography and of course looking at my images from Rajasthan to see if that part of the trip was worthwhile!
......And possibly for a rest!
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