This past Saturday, photographers of all sorts came out to the Erie Canal Basin, Marina, and Naval Yard to participate in Scott Kelby’s Third Annual World Wide Photo Walk. Led by Annie Levay, the group met in the ruins found alongside the Commercial Slip’s stunning waterfall. The gathering was not only an opportunity for photographers to compete in a worldwide contest, but to also stretch one’s photo taking skills and legs.
Once Annie gathered all the walkers together, she explained all the special features of the area that would be accessible to the walkers. The star being the ruins themselves, which Peggy Beardsley and Michael Schmand of Buffalo Place gave special permission for the group to enter as the area is still under development and construction fencing was still in place. Conor Flynn, an employee of Buffalo Place, played host to the group by assisting walkers who had questions while giving the group access to the ruins.
Once the photographers had an opportunity to wander the ruins they scattered to explore the rest of the Harbor and Marina. After the walk, most gathered together at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery to share lunch, drinks, photos, and stories. A lively group of folks who were happy to show off their pictures, share advice with novices, and to talk about their possible award winning submissions.
The photos that have been posted to the group’s Flickr page are prime examples of how fortunate the City of Buffalo is to have a waterfront, even if it is in the process of being developed. Despite the difficulties, both political and personal, Buffalo’s waterfront will shine as a symbol of the beauty and uniqueness that Buffalo has to offer.
Walkers have until Saturday the 31st to submit their photos to the contest, and Ms. Levay will have until the 7th of August to select Buffalo’s winner. To see Buffalo’s Photo Walk page got to:
The group’s photos on Flickr
Lighthouse photo: Mike Mulhisen