Photo Walk Brings Local Artists Together

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Cambridge is a community where creativity flourishes, but it can be difficult for local artists to find accessible spaces to make art together. Two local photographers sought to change that, and created a weekly photography group dubbed, “Photo Walk Wednesdays.”

The group began after Munish Gandevia and Alex Iby met November of 2016 while shooting a dubstep show in Worcester. Gandevia started shooting over a year ago, and Iby has considered himself a photographer for three years. Gandevia and Iby scouted shooting locations around Boston once a week. In spring of 2017, they began their Facebook group to open up their Wednesday tradition to the public. The group meets at a predetermined location and explores from there, including a recent walk in Porter Square.

“Our first official photo walk was in the Seaport, and I believe six people showed up,” Gandevia said.

The group grew each week, and numbers rose steadily until over 30 people began attending.

“People really took to the idea and it’s become far more than we would have imagined originally,” Iby said.

While the weekly event started with two photographers, the group has expanded to including models as well. Anyone with an interest in modeling is welcome to work with photographers at the Photo Walk.

Jessica Ferraro is a model who has become a regular participant in Photo Walk Wednesdays. Ferraro has modeled on and off since she was 10 years old. Ferraro began modeling again recently to help friends with fashion and photo shoots, before finding the Photo Walk in late 2017. Now, she rarely misses a meet-up.

“I love working with everyone at Photo Walk because they all have their own style,” Ferraro said. “It’s really fun, I get a lot of great experiences out of working with new people and learning their quirks and how they shoot.”

The Photo Walk encouraged Ferraro to pick up her camera again, and while she has gained great experience as a model, she is also learning about photography, Ferraro said.

The Photo Walk is a group that seeks to provide an environment of inclusion, Gandevia said.

“We can only learn by trying,” Gandevia said. “We’re trying to foster a community of creatives, providing a safe space for both models and photographers to create, learn and experiment. We have a lot of fun in a constructive, healthy setting.”

Some participants are seeking a career as a full time creative, and the group discusses the business aspect of photography. Participants are encouraged to post their work in the Facebook group for critique, in order to learn from each other and improve their technique.

“We hope for everyone in the Photo Walk to be able to make new friends, learn and develop their skills as photographers and get outside of their comfort zone with what they are creating,” Iby said.

Due to extreme winter weather, the Photo Walk was canceled the last two weeks. The group braves the elements when they can, Gandevia said, because they love the shots they can get.

“For me, the photo walk has definitely elevated my photography game,” Gandevia said. “Beyond the improvements in my own photography, I’ve been introduced to other types of photography, I’ve tapped into an entire community of people who share my passion, and we’ve created some stunning art together. I think that’s what the spirit of art is all about.”

Photographers and models of all skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Munish Gandevia or Alex Iby via Facebook.