. . . So tomorrow is the start of the N.E.C. Photography Show. Now this is the first camera show I’ve ever been to (yes really), which probably explains my anticipation and rather strangely, nervousness.
Nervous you ask, but it’s only a photography show?
Typically it wouldn’t be an issue, after all I’m no stranger to visiting shows for subject matter such as motorcycles, or guitars. However, this is the first time I’ll not be attending from the perspective of Joe Public, but as someone looking to provide coverage and insight of the events and exhibits at the show ‘for Joe Public’.
So here I sit, in my camper van, somewhere on a campsite about 10 miles from the N.E.C. – glass of Chateu du Chatalais in one hand, iPad in the other, typing this post.
The final checklist was done this morning, before making the 190 mile journey from Cumbria to ‘the Midlands’.
Items ticked off the list were :-
iPad (for blogging and tweeting and processing pictures).
IPhone (of course).
Leica M9 and extra batteries.
Leica X for review.
Kingston Mobilelite G2 (for backing up SD cards).
Zoom H4N Audio Recorder for making notes about ‘stuff’ (Hey I’ve got a memory like a sieve) and interviews (?).
Countless charging and interface cables. Why can’t manufacturers agree to use just one type of cable? USB Mini will do as I have loads of them.
Box of Street Photography Blog ‘business’ cards.
UK Photography Show Press Badge (for wi-fi, comfy press office, refreshments and camera loan blagging power 🙂 ).
“Street Photography Blog” printed Polo Shirts.
With regards the shirts, I was let down by two different printing companies just days before I was due to leave for Birmingham. Luckily I then found PRPrinting. I spoke to Ben on the phone Monday morning with my requirements and by 1pm Wednesday, I had the shirts in my sweaty hands. Excellent quality garments (Fruit Of The Loom) and high quality printing. Cheers Ben.
So here goes (after a good nights kip, I hope) and if I’m meeting you there over the weekend, just look out for the walking advertising board (me) 😀