Speaking as one photographer to the mass of local photographers, I say that the City of Gardena is without equal.
I can make this bold claim because for 52 weeks a year, I put together a photo spread (single page and/or double-truck) in the Gardena Valley News featuring an array of weekly events.
During a recent five-week period, Gardena featured its annual Keep Gardena Beautiful Day, the annual Food, Wine and Cigar Festival, the Heritage Festival and Street Fair, the Okinawa Association of America Bazaar, and the Y Service Club’s annual fall Pancake Breakfast and Make a Difference Day.
Five events on five consecutive weekends. The other 47 or so weekends are as equally tantalizing.
I am almost never without some photo event to splash across the Gardena Valley News pages.
My biggest challenge is to run the photos in a timely manner. I still have a photo story of the “I Have A Dream” event at Rowley Park and the Huatabampo Sister City banquet on the back burners. Those events occurred before September.
My one saving grace, of curse depending on how it’s looked at, is the end of the month Gardena Valley News and More. I’m given up to 4 inside color pages, which means double work, and double the opportunity.
There isn’t much time to savor photos, it’s more like bang, bang and move on. Shoot fast, process faster, design pages at neck-breaking speed and repeat.
I guess I wouldn’t have it any other way.