âPretty nice book, huh?â
A soft, calming voice wafted over from beside me as I paged through David Walter BanksÊ¼ book at
LuceoÊ¼s exhibition at the Look3 festival. It was Matt Slaby.
âFor you today,â he continued âIÊ¼ll let you walk out of here with it for five hundred thousand dollars.â
âWell thatÊ¼s convenient,â I wryly replied âthatÊ¼s almost exactly within my budget for the weekend. Take a check?â
âJust cash and IÊ¼m afraid youÊ¼re not walking out of here until we get it.â
IÊ¼d like to think it was my diplomatic skills in dealing with South American style guerillas that I managed to get my ransom reduced to walking out with the fifteen dollar, hand made âYou Are Hereâ exhibition catalog, however, IÊ¼m sure it was just the good humored folks comprising Luceo that ultimately took mercy on me. And to be fair, their interactive exhibition was fresh and thoughtful, an exciting representation of the new generation of visual storytellers. They all were even nice enough to sign my catalog.
Having just returned home from the long weekend in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia IÊ¼m still letting my first Look3 sink in. The festival turned out to be almost overwhelming, rather exhausting, but infinitely inspiring, a sentiment shared by all as we groggily turned up Sunday morning to say our goodbyes. ThereÊ¼s something wonderful about having so many different voices and visions coming together for a few days to reinforce a creative community spread out all over the globe. It would be possible to write a book trying to cover everything from the weekend. However, among the highlights was definitely the Insight Conversation with Donna Ferrato, whose humor and passion simply related to being human brought an entirely new dimension to her work. Most went in to the talk expecting a heavy couple of hours looking over FerratoÊ¼s work covering domestic abuse. Everyone came out grinning ear to ear, refreshed by DonnaÊ¼s optimism and humor while coming away re-inspired that it sometimes can be possible for photographers to make a difference in the world, when they want it bad enough. ItÊ¼s surprises like that which made the whole festival worth it and if you havenÊ¼t been to one yet should consider a visit in the future. If nothing else itÊ¼s a few days to get away in friendly, fun Charlottesville, a killer place to decompress with or without the festival.