There’s a running joke in my household that anyone who is going to get married should be required to try tandem kayaking. When I was shooting weddings full time I drove by this marsh in Florida frequently. A large sign rising out off the spanish moss read “Kayak Renta s,” and one unforgettable afternoon after our recent engagement we decided to try out tandem kayaking.
Everything began fine as we paddled through shallow water with no apparent current. The sync in which we paddled didn’t matter much with no resistance to paddle against. We paddled out through the brackish water of the marsh and started to paddle against the current towards the ocean which seemed an endless distance away. We laugh about the experience now, but the afternoon of arguing as the kayak went first in circles, then nowhere, then became beached, and finally made it to the ocean taught my wife and I alot about our relationship.
My kayaking adventure, and in a number of ways the experience of founding the Film Shooters Collective have parallels and both experiences remind me of this quote from Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,
“I think this is when most people give up on their stories. They come out of college wanting to change the world, wanting to get married, wanting to have kids and change the way people buy office supplies. But they get into the middle and discover it was harder than they thought. They can't see the distant shore anymore, and they wonder if their paddling is moving them forward. None of the trees behind them are getting smaller and none of the trees ahead are getting bigger. They take it out on their spouses, and they go looking for an easier story.”
So many of the feelings I’ve had about the FSC are summed up in that quote. I’ve paddled really hard towards some of our goals, and we’ve achieved them, but all of that paddling just took us further into the middle of the water, and didn’t help us arrive at a goal. A number of times I just haven’t known in which direction to paddle, and in a number of other instances I’ve been too scared to step up and grab the oars, and so we’ve been idle.
All of that is to say that the entire time I’ve been paddling I’ve also been listening. And so as of October 1st, 2015 we’re doing something entirely different with the FSC. Here’s what’s new:
Our photostream is now a curated weekly feature open to anyone. If you can read this, then you can get your work in front of our readers. You can find more information on participating, here.
We will be featuring a new film photographer every month in our interview series. This is an entirely new feature and a way to get your work in front of thousands of interested readers. You’ll be on our home page and have a spot on our blog in which you’ll be speaking about your work and photography. You’ll be automatically entered to be our featured artist by submitting work to our curated photostream. If you have questions on how to do so, look here.
We’re going to be doing some great giveaways starting in November. You’ll be able to enter the giveaway by participating in the curated stream.
We're no longer accepting new applications for membership. We'll consider new applicants beginning sometime in 2016
Our Instagram is now (wo)manned by the talented Amy Jasek. She's an exceptional photographer with fixer in her blood. I recommend you check out her efforts on her personal Instagram feed as well as on our Film Shooters Collective Instagram.
Last but not least Ruby Berry has stepped up to take care of the Film Shooters Collective's Twitter Feed. Ruby is an asset to the collective and regularly steps up to help out members. You can connect with her @lostartphotos or on her website which has some exceptional portrait photography shot on film.