Field Trip in India 06.09.14  
Field trippers, we're ready to take this to the next level; because when life gives you an opportunity like this, you jump. This November, Field Trip will be heading to India for an intimate submersion of hands-on cultural interaction and photojournalism. This will NOT be a detached tourist excursion, nor will it be an exercise in white-savior-ism for us to feel good about ourselves and get a super-gratifying profile photo. We know we can accomplish much more than that.

By actually partnering with people who have dedicated their lives to working in these areas, people who are well-traveled and know the ins and outs of their context, we believe we can create wholly unique learning experience without being abrasive or exploitative. Not only that, but we believe we can use our craft to be a positive force. We have the power to break down stereotypes, and to reframe the way westerners encounter places like India.

This is still the Field Trip you know and love. It will still be our intention to learn through play. We will be holding your hand and guiding you, and you will be holding your camera. Between decisive moment street photography, pre-scouted shoots, foodie bliss, and maybe even a surprise festival, we're going to get you into direct contact with India while helping you continue to grow and improve your craft.

At the same time, we'll be partnering with people on the ground to make sure our presence is anything but intrusive. Caroline and Jayden Lee will be connecting us with their recent project, Elephant Landing - a humanitarian home goods brand that supports women in rural India with education and employment. They also work with an orphanage in a remote village that may or may not entail a short ride in a propeller airplane in order to visit. Are you ready for serious adventure? We'll keep that part optional, but we think you're ready. What was the first Field Trip in preparation for, if not for this?

Throughout all of this, our intention will be to listen more than to talk; to learn about existing needs rather than assuming we already know.

If you're anything like us, you got into this whole photography thing because you believe it can be a powerful tool. Because you believe it can do a lot more than just make things look nice. Do you still believe that? Do you want to get out there and employ your craft to its fullest potential? Let's see what you and your camera can do.

Visit photofieldtrip.com to sign up!
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ace hotel DTLA roof recording 05.30.14  
here is a little recording of one of my sets from last month at the ACE DTLA. i've been playing up there once a month or so with one of my very favorite djs around - Jeremy Sole we go back and forth so this is just one 30 minute set. you should keep your eyes here and on twitter to attend the next installment!


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it's a PARTY! 05.30.14  
this is going to be a night to FORGET! thursday June 12th at Monty Bar
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bali 05.28.14  
Tengku Nabila sent us email that said something like, "So...my friends and I are going to Bali for a couple of weeks and we want to know if you'd like to join us and make a travel video."

The answer we wrote back was something like, "Yes. We'd like to do that. The answer is yes. Yes please, thank you. Yes....Yep."

We got very lucky and hope to repay Nabila and her friends by making a couple of videos that melt faces and hearts. Here is the first, and there's a lot more material to come.

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SONGS FOR MAY 2014 05.12.14  


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Field Trip 101 at CAMP 05.05.14  
Friends and family, new and old,

Field Trip was truly a dream come true. It has always been my great love to be a catalyst for the kind of growth I was able to witness. When I'm able to facilitate self-realization and foster burgeoning of potential on any scale, let alone for hundreds, I truly feel like I am walking a path that I was born to walk. Field Trip is the culmination of over 5 years of determined labor, the purpose of which was to build a home where brimming potentials could overflow and run all over the place - mixing, pollinating, transforming. I didn't want to dictate anything. I just wanted to create a space where it could happen. Field Trip is your event. You made it unforgettable. And for that I must both thank you and congratulate you. I might have said this in the tent, but I didn't want to make you listen to me stand there and cry for fifteen minutes.
You, the Field Trip alumni, are now stewards of what will become tradition: yes, Field Trip will happen around the same time next year, and you have all been accepted in perpetuity. You've proven your worth in a way that no application ever could. So in the coming year, run the race like never before, burn yourself out all over again, and then come back to Field Trip and be renewed once more.

I really can't wait.
In the meantime, Justin Lyon and I are teaming up with some close friends to raise up a whole different animal: Camp!

To be clear, Camp is not an offshoot of Field Trip - in fact, Camp predates Field Trip. In a lot of ways Camp inspired Field Trip. Field Trip was born out of a more serious endeavor to revolutionize how photography can be learned and practiced in a visual community - professors, classes, panels, etc. Camp, on the other hand, is an opportunity more specifically for learning through play. Justin and I will be equipped with our cameras all weekend, roaming and ready to offer tips and any needed SLR basics. If you have friends or acquaintances who are in their startup phase, perhaps needing an entrepreneurial boost and a practical crash course, Camp is perfect. Between impromptu photo excursions, playful experimentation (with lasers!!!), a series of portraits for everyone, not to mention all that campy goodness: ropes courses, horseback riding - you know, camp stuff. There will be intentional learning aplenty on a wide range of workshops that you can apply to your business or creative ideas, such as: Social Media Analytics, Pitching to Publishers, Everything You Need to Know to Work With Investors, Top Trends in Design, Producing Effective Content through Video, How to Write an Amazing Bio, Legal 101, How to Grow Your Idea from Your Apartment to a Global Operation, Avoiding Creative Burn-Out, etc... plus many more. You can peruse the fine details of all things Camp on theuniquecamp.com - but much of Camp will be learning through play - experimenting, laughing at results, trying again.
After all, weren't some of the best innovations in history the results of mistakes? Let's make some together. I'm certainly looking forward to it, and we'd love to see you there.

Love,

Whitney + Justin

PS: Please don't confuse this with Photo Field Trip.

PPS: Photo Field Trip will be in 2015!

PPPS: We are in the beginning stages of planning a Field Trip to India at the end of October... space is limited at around 15 people, so email me (whitney@photofieldtrip.com) FAST to reserve your space or get more info.

PPPPS: If you have any questions at all about CAMP, email me at whitney@photofieldtrip.com! Also, email me and let me know if you've already signed up for CAMP, I've got some special information for you!
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