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Poetry of a Different Kind - Part 4 - Ottawa Zombie Walk 2011
10/27/2011 12:47 a.m.
As with written poetry, when it comes to photography, I’m always looking for something excitingly different to capture.
Over the past few years, a new phenomenon has arisen in North America at Halloween …the Zombie Walk. Fuelled by a seemingly endless stream of movies over the past four decades, and more recently, TV series, almost side by side with that most ubiquitous and sexy of monsters, the vampire, zombies have steadily and increasingly captured the imagination of horror fans. Interest in the genre, of course dates back to that granddaddy of all zombie movies, George A. Romero’s 1968 black & white classic, Night of the Living Dead.
And so, armed with the new camera, I decided this year to head downtown, to see what I could see, and maybe get some good shots. I wasn’t disappointed.
Unlike fairly stationary subjects I’ve done in the past, the “walk” presented new photographic challenges, mainly in that a large group of people walking together, albeit slow, are continually moving in out of frame and focus. Also, just when I thought I would get a good shot, another zombie would walk into the path of my camera, and block my intended target. A lot of other people had the same idea, and there were almost as many photographers as zombies. I’m exaggerating of course, but you catch my drift. Despite a few spoiled shots, those of us with cameras did a pretty good job of staying out of each other’s way, and all in all, it was a fun afternoon for everyone, zombies and humans alike. Some of the zombies were even kind enough to pose for me, or ham it up, as you will see below.
I can’t speak for other cities that hold the same event, but Ottawa’s Zombie Walk has a charitable side as well, that being those participating are asked to make donations to the local food bank(s).
Happy Halloween everyone!
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