One of the most gratifying things that I saw at the first PFRE Conference last month was the immediate connection that people had with one another. We all shared a love for the work and so many of us appreciated the opportunity to talk shop whenever we could. It really felt like being part of a community. This is very important to me and in fact, it's one of the “PFRE culture” pieces that I’d like to see grow organically within our group. Recently, an idea was brought to my attention that I thought might be a good way to accomplish this goal.
A long-time real estate shooter and Las Vegas conference attendee, Kevin Edge, wrote to me about an idea he had from listening to a great "panel discussion" in which all but one of the conference speakers participated. Kevin actually took the time to write about his idea and I think it’s an intriguing one and something that I’d like to explore with all of you through a poll.
Anyway, below you'll find the note that Kevin sent to me. I’m hoping you’ll take a minute to read through it and then participate in the poll:
"Always a fan for 'saving the best for last', my favorite moment at the PFRE conference came right near the end. An audience member asked the panel of presenters to recommend a favorite book. They each offered insightful suggestions, and Wayne Capili followed up from his presentation by recommending Ansel Adams’ “The Negative”. I had read this book way too many years ago to remember, but held on to just enough to strike up a great conversation around our table about it.
Traveling home and thinking more about this, my first thought was that I needed to give the book another read. But what I really wanted was to have that same kind of conversation with my fellow photographers to see how techniques and processes from another era would apply to our particular craft today. It then got me thinking about other books I've read or have on my reading list, and asking the same question. Not just photography books, but also ones about architecture, design, and art; personal and business development books; even works of fiction about the lone individual struggling against the constant obstacles of a changing world to survive. (I’m looking at you, "Old Man & the Sea").
So, Brandon, what do you think about starting a PFRE Book Club? If you're open to it, the first big question is, “Is there enough interest to get the idea off the ground?" Maybe you can run a poll to see if there are others who'd be interested, too."
My thanks to Kevin for his leadership and enthusiasm on this topic; and yes, a poll on the topic is appropriate; and you'll see that I've attached one below so I hope you'll all take a moment to vote.
Remember, we're only gauging interest at this time. If we see a strong desire to explore this, we'll reach out to you again to get your ideas on the best way to run the book club.