Vote for GPG in Alibi's "Best Of Burque" 2012

Take a second right now, will you?

bob-480x124It's time for the 2012 "Best Of Burque" awards from the Alibi!  Thank you so very much for your support in 2010 and 2011.  It would mean a lot to me, personally, if you could continue to support GPG in 2012.  If you like GPG, and you've ever wondered what you could do to give back, please take just a moment to cast your vote for "Guerrilla Photo Group" in the "Best Ongoing Arts Event" (#59) and "Best Totally Free Activity You Can Only Do Here" (#37) categories. Voter registration is a breeze.  Once registered, if you click on the drop-down menu at the bottom, you'll see the "ARTS AND LIT" voting section.

Additionally, if you're feeling particularly kind, please consider voting for me as this year's "Best Photographer."  As many of you know, I've been focusing a great deal on providing quiality photography education this year.  I would be extremely pleased if you would also write me into the "Best Anything We Forgot" category as "Educator." You have to vote for several items (20) in order for your ballot to be counted (but don't put the same thing down more than 5x, or the ballot gets disqualified!)

There are no prizes to be won, only a nifty plaque for the studio (and braggin' rights.)  I'd love to invite you to the all-expense-paid rooftop victory party in Vegas, but alas, all I can do is say "thank you" truly, for your support.  I hope that good Karma is enough.  :-)  Take a second right now, would you please?

Here's the link:

If you're feeling stumped, you might also consider these items in other categories:

#10 Best Sport Played in Town : WAKA Kickball
#19 Best Festival Or Parade : ABQ Pride
#23 Best Haunted Place : Parque Central
#30 Best Thing About Albuquerque : Weather
#34 Best View : Sandia Peak
#36 Best Tradition : Dia De Los Meurtos Parade
#37 Best Totally Free Activity You Can Only Do Here : Guerrilla Photo Group
#42 Best Art Exhibition : "Affection" by Guerrilla Photo Group @ Hydra Gallery

#44 Best Museum : New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

#46 Best Theater Space : KiMO Theater
#50 Best Photographer : Rip Williams
#57 Best Zine : Alibi
#59 Best Ongoing Arts Event : Guerrilla Photo Group
#63 Best Locally Made Condiment : Sadie's Salsa
#72 Best Gay Bar : Effex
#80 Best Bar Decor : Burt's Tiki Lounge
#86 Best Men's Apparel : Dressed To Kill
#96 Best Sexy Shop : Self Serve
#113 Best Massage Therapist : Josh White, Por Vida Therapeutics
#118 Best Laundromat : Harold's
#128 Best Piercing Shop : Evolution
#137 Best Anything We Forgot : Educator, Rip Williams

Thank you.  Thank you!
One final thing:  If you feel that it's merited, would you be willing to share this with your friends and colleagues?  Your recommendation means so much!  Click the easy icons below to share to Facebook, Digg, Twitter and more!

All the best,

Rip Williams Photography (website)
500 2nd St. SW
Suite # 9
Albuquerque, NM 87102 (map)
Cell: (505) 681-RIP1 (...that's "7471" if you have a fancy phone.)
Skype: ripwilliamsphotography


Voted "Albuquerque's Best Photographer" two years running! - Alibi Magazine (2010, 2011)
Specializing in modern commercial, fashion and lifestyle imagery.

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An Open Letter, 8/14/11

Dear Guerrilla Photo Group:

I am now in my fifth year of conducting Guerrilla Photo Group.  We have been recognized as "One of Albuquerque's Best Arts Events" by the Alibi for two years running. We have been credited by numerous photographers, models and MUA's as the "launchpad" for their careers.  I believe GPG it is a valuable contribution to the photographic community (and the broader artistic community at large.)  Consequently, I'm very motivated personally to sustain it, and intend to do so for the foreseeable future.  Unfortunately though, GPG seems to have has wandered from it's mission.  It is an extremely heavy burden on my studio space, gear, time and pocket-book.  It has recently embodied too-little focus on the task at hand (photography) and too much focus on peripheral social activity.  Additionally, recent complaints about the event and it's format have brought several other issues to light.  Essentially, GPG must reduce its footprint in all of these areas.  It must return to being the community-oriented "photographic creative collaborative" that was originally envisioned.  As a group, it must be sensitive to its neighbors, self supporting, self sustaining and artistically productive.

Naturally, I blame no one but myself for GPG's "drift" away from its purpose.  I have been far too passive in the management and structure of my event, opting instead to allow it the luxury of structuring itself organically.  As of today, I will expect everyone who would like to continue reap the benefits of GPG to also make fair contributions of their time, energy (or other resources) to the collaborative.  Hopefully, this message will clarify a number of things, including this new set of expectations.  As a rationale for the new paradigm I'll reiterate the MISSION of GPG and share some details about what is required "behind the scenes" to make it happen.  Second, I hope to communicate the situation regarding the building and surrounding property.  Lastly, I will be instituting some new rules and a modified format.

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GPG Schedule Goes Online

Book A Slot Anytime!

Alrighty, gang.  We're ready to beta test the online scheduling for your upcoming GPG studio slots.  The whole shebang is based on Google Calendar, so a Google account is required.  Simply follow the link below, select the slot you'd like to book for the coming week and voila!  It shows up on your calendar as well as GPG's. For the moment, we will also use the booking board located in the studio.  PLEASE NOTE:  The physical board will take precedence over the online bookings!  Give it a shot... Book your slot here!
NOTE: Things will look odd in your calendar if you do not have you TIME ZONE set properly...

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GPG Partners with SmugMug


Our friends over at have put together a nifty program for supporting grass-roots photography groups like GPG.  They call it "SmugMug User Groups" or SMUG's.  GPG is now officially participating in the program!  Once a month we get a small budget to do something fun (location, food, etc.)  Once each quarter we get the opportunity to bring in a guest lecturer!  Sooo.. 

Run, do not walk and join the official SMUG Albuquerque group here:


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GPG Expands To Seattle, WA

More Information Coming Soon!

Our very own Steve Groves has recently moved ESI Media to the Seattle market.  He'll be hosting a new get together: GPG Seattle!  Anyone in that area would do well to attend.  Tell you friends.  Watch for updates on the GPG Seattle Facebook Page or here on

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Welcome aboard Brad & Jimmie, as well as South Of Heaven Photography, our newest sponsors!

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