Vastness seems to be the way of today’s world; vast portals, with huge reach, large networking provisions and unlimited opportunities. Over 2.1 billion people today are connected in a gigantic network using the social media forums; which makes them the best place to display art and photography in an effective manner.
When discussing chancing upon the right opportunity using social media, eight talented young photographers working with the Legatum Foundation come to mind. They bumped into each other on Twitter and travelled 53,000 miles to 8 countries to document the remarkable work of social entrepreneurs who have impacted about 11 million lives over the last three years, naming it Project Rise . Post-exhibition, the photographs have been used to make a photo documentary album called Rise.
Eric Lafforgue’s use of Fotopedia has been similarly commendable. After leaving the world of multimedia editing, he took up photography as a hobby in 2006 while he was in Ethiopia and put up his culturally awakening shots on Flickr and Fotopedia. Today he has a vast range of publications to his name, including National Geographic and Time Magazine and is well on his way to being an acclaimed professional photographer.
When said photography networking using social media, the Plus One Collection Magazine of February this year comes to mind. Photographs collected from more than 500 photographers using Google+. The proceeds from the sales of the book go to an organization named Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
The pool of talent that literally lies a click away is huge. Talent doesn’t seem enough in an age where everyone owns a D-SLR until you’re focused with that camera. Photoessays are fast becoming a popular fad of most people today; which is mostly what my next post will be about.
With so much photography happening online, I’m left wondering, “How far can you click using the web?”
Would love to hear what all the talented photographers have to say about that.