The Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of the biggest events in Coney Island. Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, sea, salt air and the beginning of summer. It has been an integral part of Coney Island life ever since. There are thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of people that come out to join the fun. Like the most raucous fat Tuesday events found in New Orleans, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade features racy costume, partial nudity and one of the most festive party atmospheres west of the Mississippi. Artistic self-expression is also highly encouraged as part of the parade, and mermaid observers are likely to see Mermaids, Mermen, and a wide variety of other sea creatures. Every year, a celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, rule over the proceedings, riding in the parade and assisting in the opening of the ocean, for the summer swimming season. Attending celebrities in the past have included David Byrne, Queen Latifah, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, Moby and others.
This will be a wild and fun workshop with loads of photographic opportunities in the way of characters and portraiture along the way. JoAnne will instruct you on the art of street photography and how to make a great portraits, as well as share her professional insights and tips to help you create more meaningful photographs rather than merely recording the scene and events along the way.
This workshop is open to all levels of Photo Enthusiasts up to aspiring Pros.
Equipment: You want to go as light as possible. Please think in terms of bringing a wide-angle zoom and a mid range zoom lens (i.e., 10-22, 16-35, 24-70mm or 70-200) lens. Remember it will be crowded. Bring plenty of memory cards and/or film, extra batteries, a cleaning cloth, some filters (a polarizer if it's a sunny day) possibly an on-camera flash. No Tripods please! Plan on many surprises and possibilities along the way.
For this Workshop dress casually for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes & make sure you bring along some bottled water, suntan lotion and a hat