More than two dozen photographers, a dozen countries, an age range of nearly 40 years (possibly more, but some won’t tell), multiple languages, and varied styles. Our team consists of members from around the world. We include photographers from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Northern Ireland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.
What could possibly bring this diverse group together? There’s only one thing in the world strong enough to do that: a deep love for photography.
Our collective was formed on the intentional basis of being DIFFERENT - different artists with different backgrounds, different races, languages, ability/disability, ages, and genres.
When the theme was announced there was a collective sigh, literally heard round the world. In all honesty, the theme of TOGETHER presented a challenge to nearly every single person on the team. From landscape, travel, nature, astro, portrait, fine art, urbanscape, and conceptual photographers, we’ve all literally spent the past two years ALONE.
World conditions have left everyone in isolation. The thought of “TOGETHER” was at the same time refreshing and terrifying. A few members panicked, some laughed, some left, most cringed at the thought. But in the end, the theme of TOGETHER has brought us TOGETHER.
We’ve dug through our archives, shot new images, edited like crazy, and shared critiques. Then we went back and started all over again!
This collective is the labor of our love, created with laughter, fun, and friendship. With our members spread over at least a dozen time zones, meetings were sometimes varied, crazy, and broken into smaller parts depending on the parts of the world. When you think about that accomplishment alone, accomplished with a bunch of creatives no less, you realize the depth of the loyalty to the project, to the team, and to each other.
Long late nights filled with love, laughter, jokes, craziness, and support have been the backbone of this project since the beginning.
For members of the team who are just beginning their NFT journey, it is an honor to be included with seriously talented photographers, who have been secretly discovered to be just normal people. We are all photographers but we don’t act like competitors. The community and support have been the stuff of legends. We want everyone to make it. Together as a team, we have been able to celebrate victories, face challenges, share as we have won awards, been represented by galleries, sold limited edition fine art prints, and are helping ensure everyone on our team is kicking it in the NFT world.
Through it all there is one common theme: every single member shares the same passion for photography. When asked what the best part of our team is, one member replied, “Love, kindness, love, happiness, love!”
Or, as they say in Ireland, the craic!
A collection of photographers like the world has never seen.
A group based on diversity – language, race, age, ability/disability, years in the field, life experiences, and area of specialty.
26 photographers. 12 countries.
Speaking different languages - in both words and images. Landscape, travel, portrait, drone, adventure, fine art, wildlife, and even astrophotography. The intention was to assemble a diverse group – as diverse as possible. Pulling from every corner of the world.
Along the way, something happened. Something that could only happen in 2022 with the benefits of Discord, Zoom, Web3, Google Translate, NFTs, and modern-day enabling technologies. Working together around the world is now just like best friends meeting at the local coffee shop. Despite our differences, we’ve united. Our collective has become a fun and familiar place to relax. Day by day we’ve built greater friendships, made of sharing jokes, photography tips, favorite recipes, and lots of laughter. Many days the only thing we are serious about is our work.
We’ve combined our collective strengths. With a common bond of photography, we have helped each other learn and grow. Like a close family we have faced sickness and health, marriage and new life, loss and death, joys and sorrows, computer crashes and file sizing issues, dealings with young children and aging parents. Late nights, long days, crazy deadlines, and dealing with at least a dozen different time zones. When asked what makes us unique, the best answer is a miraculous, “we all get along?”
Even though many of us have not yet met face-to-face, and maybe never will, we have indeed become family.
So, in one way, we have failed miserably. We intended to be diverse. Different in every way. Instead, we win. Turns out we are much more alike than different. All navigating this crazy thing called life.
Working as artists to tell our stories through photography.
With a single, united passion.