After picking my mother up from a very normal doctors appointment today it seemed as if the thought of cancer was all around me. Although her procedure was fine and showed no signs of cancer or even any benin discrepancies at all, there was a lot of talk/thoughts about the what if. Later, in a contemporary photography class we watched a series of photographs that the artist, Pedro Meyer, narrated his thoughts and feelings on the series. This series was about his parents and his father getting diagnosed with cancer and being told he had only 4-6 weeks left to live. It made me realize how hard watching your parents go through something like that would be and see how brave this photographer is. I didn’t realize how great of an affect this whole situation had on me. I’m thankful that today is not the day I have to come to terms with that fact.
In regards to being thankful (and I suppose in light of the upcoming holiday it’s fitting) I wanted to share a list of the things I’m thankful for:
- Healthy family to spend time with.
- The friends I have.
- Nearing graduation.
- The cooling weather.
- Planning trips.
- My own health.
- My bed.
As a photographer there are many tradeshows within my field that are held all over the world and all year long. However,There are only a couple that stand out to me for multiple reasons. Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference- Expo (WPPI) is one that seems like it would be a great conference/expo to attend. The one coming up in 2013 is being March 7-14 in Las Vega. They also offer classes open to already professional photographers looking for some new tricks as well as the new up and coming photographers just starting to get their toes wet. The classes seem very beneficial to anyone trying to be apart of this industry. They go over everything you could think of for an event; lighting, posing, post production, and business strategies. And if all that isn’t enough you still have the expo to attend with tons of booths from almost every photographic company around. This would be a great place to end up.
There was another fair that caught my eye as well. It’s name, Photokina. Photokina is a biennal event that only happens on even numbered years. It take place in the fall and as far as I can tell in Germany. Photokina also offers a number of classes and has plenty of events and exhibitors there to keep you busy. There are people from all over the world. So much that Photokina has been dubbed one of the most international fairs. The innovative approach is clearly a success.