WATCH THE BIRDIE

birdie-conf-pic#1-13th-sept-2014 birdie-conf-13th-sept-pic#2 birdie-conf-13th-sept-2014-pic#7 birdie-conf-13th-sept-2014-pic#6 birdie-conf-13th-sept-2014-pic#5 birdie-conf-13th-sept-2014-pic#4 birdie-conf-13th-sept-2014-pic#3Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural Birdie Conference, which took place in Shoreditch. Celebrating photography, the conference was organised by photographer Dan Rubin and events company White October and hosted a series of speakers connected to the world of photography (except perhaps my friend Stevyn Colgan who was there to put a different spin on the history of photography in his capacity as regular contributor to TV’s QI and Museum of Curiosity on the radio). I missed the first two talks but the rest were well worth listening to. Music photographer Katja Ogrin gave us a little bit of an insight into the world of music photography, a world she can talk about with authority. Next we had Naomi Korn, a copyright expert to try and get us to think about the many pitfalls and problems to consider as a photographer. Taking us up to lunch was photographer Conor MacNeill, who shoots amazing pictures of the night sky and shared some of his spectacular photos of places like the Northern Lights in Iceland. We broke for lunch and then we were treated to Stevyn Colgan’s entertaining alternative history of photography. Then film stills photographer Agatha A. Nitecka gave us a glimpse into the world she works in, that of the movie photographer who captures images from films while there being shot. Finally we had Chris Wild aka the Retronaut, a man who curates the past through unearthing photographs. It was a genuinely interesting day and it made me reenergised about photography. It was great to chat to people of like minds and hopefully they’ll be doing another one. I am hoping that if they do, I may get to do my own presentation about being a journalist photographer…

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