Photographic perfection at Harquail

A picture speaks a thousand words, it’s said, which is why we’re delighted to report the imminent arrival of the Photo Talks event.

Part of Cayfest, the bash takes place on Friday, 25 May at the Harquail Studio Theatre from 5.30 to 7.30pm with a host of guest speakers, says Kaitlyn Elphinstone of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

“We selected a diverse set of speakers who are well known in the community and have a lot of experiences to share.

“We wanted a range of interesting and useful topics to get photographers excited about their art form and into a creative environment where they are able to learn something new no matter what their experience,” she tells Weekender.

And to that end, David Goddard will be talking about Lighting Your Photos; Fevi Yu speaks to Optimising Your Pictures Online, Jim Gates offers Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits, Courtney Platt will explain Processing Camera RAW and Cathy Church will reveal all of Editing Your Pictures and Underwater Photography.

And all this for free – luv a duck, guv. But the importance of picture taking is not to be understated, continues the artist.

“Photography has many uses. It can be used to document history, tell stories, create art, preserve memories, market something or someone, etc. It’s a practical art form and one, thanks to modern technology, that is widely accessible.

“Photography is especially important in a community that is in continual motion. By taking photographs we can protect and preserve memories, build identity and strengthen community and culture,” says Kaitlyn, and we couldn’t agree more.

Online competition

As well as Photo Talks, the results of the Online Photo Competition will be revealed on the night.

“Through the Online Photo Competition and Photo Talks event our aim was to stimulate and facilitate the art of photography in Cayman. We hope the community will use the opportunity of the Photo Talks event to share their experiences, network amongst other photographers and discover something new.

“The standard, as always, was amazing. Our judges have had a difficult time selecting the top photographs out of so many great pictures and over 130 talented photographers. The most popular category, by far, was ‘Nature & Wildlife’. I suppose this shows us just how much people in the Cayman Islands respect and appreciate the natural environment around us,” notes the culture vulture.

We can’t help asking for a few tips on how we can better ourselves at this point and we are extremely pleased to note Kaitlyn’s answer.

“There is no such thing as a bad photograph.”
Cool. Anything else?
“Take more pictures.”

Looking ahead

Next year it is hoped that the youth section will be expanded, concludes Kaitlyn, who says the collaboration with Yellow Pages enabled the online competition to be built, particularly the Share and Discover category.

“If your local company or organisation would like to sponsor a bonus category in next year’s Online Photo Competition,” she says, “Get in touch with the Cayman National Cultural Foundation on 949 5477. It’s a great opportunity to support the arts and culture community in the Cayman Islands.”

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