It might seem to begin with a step, a word or an image. It might appear to be a voice, a sound or a song. But in reality, it’s merely a willingness. A willingness to be open to ourselves and to those around us. A willingness to be a part of community where sisterhood, brotherhood and togetherness is honored and celebrated.
We welcome you to the new start of Our Collective. When we began this journey of being together, there was a need for planning, for patience and for thoughtful reflection. For evolution, growth, and transformation. With that said, we now invite you to join in, to share, and to start with us.
Here you will find both Shutter Sisters and Camera Men, together. X: Our Collective Offering—where we share photography and essays from our community in a monthly magazine-like format—has a permanent home here now. And you will also be able to discover us independent of one another. You can visit Shutter Sisters to find 5 rich years of the archives and a new photo journal. And you can visit Camera Men with their new journals “8th and Pine” and 5 O’Clock Shadow. All of these things and more are integral parts of Our Collective start. As we travel further into 2014, more is sure to unfold. But, for now, we are beyond thrilled to invite you to explore. Your voice and vision are deeply valued and warmly welcomed, through comments and also through submissions. Thank you for being willing to open yourself up here. Please know that this place is your place.
We invite all of you to join us in celebrating all of our new starts by hashtagging your beautiful photos with #ourcollectivestart. We can’t wait to share in it all together.
Photograph courtesy of @ahadley63 from #XOffering