Round-a-bout the art and more

In Master Photography Roundtable by Brent Bergherm1 Comment

Carmel, IN, is THE (self-proclaimed) roundabout capital of the world. In Carmel, where roundabouts have replaced signals or stop signs at intersections, the number of injury accidents has been reduced by about 80 percent and the number of accidents overall by about 40 percent. Knowing how much citizens of Carmel love (or hate) them, I was inspired to make an album capturing images with my drone. At the same time, the city was ready to make a new album after a past book contained only a fraction of the 125 soon to be finished roundabouts. How did I go about pricing this? What does the time commitment look like? What impact does the weather have?

Another thing I’ve been approached about is displaying my work for a gallery night open house. We have 1st Fridays, 2nd Saturdays, and 3rd Thursdays. How do I select which images to display? Do I have prints available to purchase on site? (Would you print yourself or outsource?)  How do I go about pricing? What to do with the images when done. Where else can I hang them? Library. Coffee shops. Dentists. Winery, Bars/Restaurants, Corporations?

A focus of mine this summer is to capture images of my city/Indianapolis. I see so many images hanging up in places that I believe I can do better than.

Respecting Places

I also talked with a listener who went a while back and he participated in the March of the Living event that they do annually. You can listen to it here:

Anyway, have you seen this tweet by Auschwitz Memorial asking people not to take selfies on the tracks that lead into the facility? Their tweek reads, “remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed. Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.”

And they included some pics that others have posted of them walking the tracks and what not.

And There’s a bit of a backlash with people saying that “walking on it symbolizes that we’re in a much better place right now. Let people smile. Remembrance does not mean being solemn and stern all the time.”

The long of the short of it is that the museum considers it disrespectful.

What are your thoughts?

A completely different issue is this town in CA that had to shut down a canyon due to too many visitors.

Lake Elsinore had to shut down access to Walker Canyon due to “swarms of crowds” coming to see the Super Bloom of California Poppies. Over 66K people descended on the town and on Walker Canyon over a short period of time. The part that troubles me is that people were hiking in places that they shouldn’t be hiking, en masse, and they were free-climbing in areas, knocking rocks loose and not being considerate of others below them (falling rocks) and just generally tramping over everything, all to get a shot that everyone else is getting.

The city offered a shuttle for $5/person to help alleviate congestion but on Saturday the wait times were 45 minutes, and on the following Sunday it doubled.

It got to the point where they just had to shut everything down as the city was just not able to handle the traffic.

For me, when I see a story like this I just am so energized to look the other way. These mass crowds that are happening–seemingly all of a sudden really because they had a super bloom two years ago and they didn’t get anywhere near the crowds as they did this year–would drive me crazy. Often times folks ask me if I’ve been here or there or whatever and I just respond with a simple, “no.” The story behind why I don’t go to certain places is that part of the fun of photography is to discover something new. Not just new to me, but generally new all around, and to create art that has meaning to me. I have a tough time doing that with 66K other people doing the same thing in a week’s time.


Brent: Extension tubes for the Sony A6400.

Brian: Power AC Converter for car



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