We’re going on a Bear hunt: The Berkeley photowalk

That's What She Said (Lotus Carroll), by Thomas Hawk

Last week, self-described “photography factory” Thomas Hawk teamed up with Google+ to organize a photowalk in Berkeley. A previous photowalk on the Stanford campus had drawn more than 200 participants — the offer of free Google+ swag probably played a part — and Hawk felt it was only fair to come to the East Bay to avoid fueling the infamous Stanford-Cal rivalry.

Over 100 people signed up for the walk, including many photographers whose work we publish regularly on Berkeleyside — such as Michael MooreJef Poskanzer, Ira Serkes and Keoki Seu (to whom we owe a hat-tip for this story) — and others, including Sam Breach, Peicong Liu (aka noExcuseG), and Ryan Anderson (dak1b2006).

Ken Duffy -- Berkeley, CA, by Thomas Hawk

The group met at the Sather Tower at 6:00pm on Thursday September 1. Google+’s Chris Chabot handed out T-shirts and other freebies to everyone, then the snapping began. The extremely photogenic Hearst Memorial Mining Building spurred many great interior shots. The group then headed to the Natural Sciences building to shoot a Tyrannosaurus Rex and finally took in the Arnaldo Pomodoro Sphere Within Sphere sculpture.

Hawk said “tons of photos” were taken along the way. “We met up for drinks at the Bear’s Lair Pub for libation and then even later on down Telegraph to Top Dog to get some of the best hot dogs Berkeley has to offer,” he said, writing up the event on Google+.


Berkeleyside asked Hawk to tell the participants we were interested in seeing the fruits of their efforts. Several uploaded photos to our Flickr pool, a selection of which we publish here.

Let's take over Hearst Mining, by noExcusesG
The rolling outline adapts the sniff, by TheRealMichaelMoore
Photo by Sam Breach
UC Berkeley RAW 5D 006, by dak1b2006
Photo: berkeleyhomes-dot-com