I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts this morning, Phedippidations ( if you run, I can’t recommend this podcast highly enough). He was talking about encouraging other people to get off the “couch of doom” and run and how to do that in this age of new media. He talked about the community of runners and how it is so amazing that today we are able to be friends with people all over the world. That because of social networking, blogging, forums, etc., we can find community anywhere. As I listened, I started to substitute the word photography in for running and realized it is the same thing.
Ten years ago, we would not have been able to find something like Faded & Blurred anywhere. We are so lucky to have a community like this. I don’t know about most of you, but my family and friends are not obsessed with photography like I am. They are supportive and encouraging, yes, but they cannot answer questions about lighting or composition. I’m also sure that if I decided one day photography was getting old, they wouldn’t question it. I know at F&B I can ask anything and get an answer. If I am having problems getting inspired I just need to reach out to my friends here and I would get encouragement.
Having a community of people around you that share your same interest is so important. We sometimes forget how fortunate we are to live in an age where technology and community converge into a unique cultural experience. I could never have imagined being able to be friends with someone I have never met on the other side of the country let alone the world. To have this many photographers in one spot, to answer each other’s questions, encourage each other, critique each other, and just hang out with each other is pretty amazing to me.
There are so many things on this site that many of us (myself included) do not take advantage of. Sharing photos with each other, the forums, the blog articles, and the contests are all ways we can connect with each other. I don’t know about you, but I would love to see this site grow to be a community of photographers and artists from all over the world. Wouldn’t it be great to have joint photo walks with cities in Europe?? There are photographers everywhere that would love a place like this.
I am proud of Faded & Blurred, not for what Frank and Jeffery have done, but because of what we all have done. It wouldn’t be what it is if we weren’t each a part of it. This is our site… not Frank’s , not Jeffery’s, and not mine. It’s for all of us… and it’s free! I don’t think it gets much cooler than that.