Monday was another full day of panels at sxsw. Why so many pictures of ceilings you ask? Because pictures of panels are boring, Texas really had awesome ceilings, and its hard to concentrate and make a good picture at the same time. The morning was a little chilly and rainy but I rallied to get to photo camp with Miki Johnson first thing. Miki is leading the collaboration cause in photography, so it was super rewarding to be able to attend this discussion. It was a very thought provoking and I met some interesting people (and Miki for the first time in real life!) and then met up with her for happy hour and met a bunch of super interesting photographers. Other panel highlights of the day included sxswi accelerator hosted by MC Hammer, Getting a crowd to work for you: For pay or play, and a trip to Arthouse to see digital work related to the event. I also got my favorite schwag, a custom "Are you really my friend" hat.
The last day of panels at sxswi was less intense, and started with a giant breakfast that Valentina made for me. I did run into a fedex man who was wearing a jacket that you could charge your phone on while waiting in line for a free fedex sausage. It was a strange, for sure. And found one of the craziest smoke shops ever. Highlights include Digital Divas: How Girls Rule the Digital Universe and Shoot, Share, Repeat: Capture History in Real Time. After the panels, high school friend, Angela picked me up and took me to a fabulous restaurant for dinner and we caught up on the last 20 years prior to me shooting her the following day.
Although I didn't see many of the sites of Austin, and barely photographed, being around and listening to all of the smart and creative presenters at sxsw was an incredible experience. I can't remember when I saw Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger give a keynote about Instagram (I saw Kevin as part of another panel as well) but they were amazing too and would love to figure out a collaboration of sorts. And keynote with Tony Bourdain and the No Reservations crew was also amazing and hilarious.