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Worldwide Photo Walk participants witness Hays through the lens

10/15/2012

By ABBY BELDEN

abelden@dailynews.com

Hays was filled with shutterbugs Saturday.

A group of approximately 15 people could be seen walking through downtown and surrounding areas to capture pictures during the first Worldwide Photo Walk in Hays.

The group met at Casual Graphics for a quick presentation by Chris Glassman on color and digital images for printing.

Terry Bottorf, leader of the walk, said the Worldwide Photo Walk was an idea of Scott Kelby's. Kelby, an American photographer, author and editor-in-chief for Photoshop User magazine, hosted the first Photo Walk five years ago.

"This Mr. Kelby put this together, envisioned this as being a global social event for photographers, photo enthusiasts, hobbyist to get together and share and do what they enjoy, which is take photographs."

While there were only more than 10 participating in the event locally, there were more than 30,000 worldwide.

Bottorf said the walk is a worldwide event, and there were more than 1,300 walks worldwide.

He said he looked at going to different events but never was able to make them due to scheduling conflicts, so Bottorf presented the idea to Hays Photography Club.

The photography club, which Bottorf is a member of, liked the idea and asked him to lead and organize the event.

"It was another avenue that tied in well with art," said Jill Wells, a high school art teacher in Plainville and member of the photography club.

Wells has been taking photographs for a little more than a year but has been an art teacher for 18 years. She said she hopes she can tie in charcoal and pastel art with her photography.

Wells also said she is hoping to not only combine her love of charcoal and pastel art with photography, but also hopes to teach photography in the future.

While some attendees wandered through different areas of Hays, some walked and shot pictures as a group.

Jennifer Cook, Hays, has been shooting pictures for approximately three years and enjoys the group aspect because it shows others perspectives and inspiration.

"It's always interesting to get out and see someone's perspective other than your own," she said.

Cook said the objects of her photos changes, as does what she sees when glimpsing through a lens.

"It's a perspective shift, you pay more attention to the little things in life," she said.

Some photographers were fairly new to shooting pictures, while others have been shooting pictures for more than 20 or 30 years.

Jim Tanis, founder of the photography club, is one of those individuals.

Tanis has been taking photos on and off for 20 to 30 years.

He normally shoots landscapes and old rustic buildings.

Tanis said the walk was an enjoyable experience.

"It's a lot of fun," he said. "It's a good excuse to get out and take more pictures."

The event also could help a photographer branch out to a new focus.

"It helps the creative mind, the creative eye," Bottorf said. "The only way we grow is to do something we haven't done before, or do something in a different way."

He said the event went well and many attendees expressed interest in participating in another event next year.