ripresa (ripresa) wrote,

Foundation Conference

So this conference was more of highs and lows. There is a pretty obvious clique that everyone knows about, and it's starting to bother me. The conference is small, about 200 people, and most people make an effort to talk to newbies, and say hi and introduce themselves, but several of the people in the clique just hang out with each other. It's understandable because they're really good friends and just want to be with each other, but I also feel as leaders of the community they should make more of an effort to talk to other people.

Anyways, I was just so highly tuned to the social dynamics that were going on, and listening to other photogs bitching about the clique, then I found myself defending the clique. Too much drama. The conference costs 450 and it was $100 per night, so it was an expensive thing, and I missed part of boardgame geek. I'm no longer sure it's worth the networking when there's so much drama. On one part, I do have a blast and I met a ton of great people, I get invites to work with awesome photographers in places like Cancun. Is it worth it if it's 80% awesome and 20% bullshit?

I don't know.
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