In 15 cities around the United States on Saturday, Black Female Photographers Day commenced in a flash.
There were no long lectures, no posing (well, maybe a little) -- mostly just a lot of camaraderie, cake (yes, there was food) and cameras in cities such as Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Columbus, Ohio.
The event, the first of its kind for the three-year-old group, was a way for pro and amateur photographers to promote artistic diversity.
The day was the brainchild of Kym Scott, who owns a photo art gallery in Nashua, New Hampshire, which doubles as her studio. She got the idea for a National Black Females Photographers group from what she saw -- or didn’t see -- in her community.
“As you can imagine there’s not a lot of African-Americans (here in Nashua) and me being a photographer, even looking online, I didn’t see a lot of black female photographers,” she told HLN.
Like the flash of a camera, she had an epiphany one day.
“ I looked over at my husband and said, I think I want to start a group,” she said, laughing. “It wasn’t like some bolt of lightning or something, I just got an idea,” she said. “And I did it.”
NBFP has grown steadily since then, with membership of more than 400 people, all of them united by their love of the lens.
Scott said National Black Female Photographers Day was about connecting those who share that love, regardless of race, color or creed.
“It is a photo walk with a lunch, and it’s several of our members leading people in our communities to do photo fellowship and get the word out about us and promote other women, this is our first time trying it,” she said.
While some cities had stellar turnouts -- Harlem, New York, had a nice crowd; and Baton Rouge had about 30 people -- others were a bit uneven. In Los Angeles, nobody showed. Still, the event was deemed a success.