I am absolutely thrilled to be here, in this space and writing as part of this collaborative project with so many women whose work I so admire and whose friendship I cherish. When we were brainstorming around what we wanted to do with this site and what we wanted ViewFinders to be the word Community was one that came up regularly, to the point that we incorporated it in Our Manifesto:
If you are reading this, we are very grateful to have you as part of our ViewFinders community. We look forward to reading your comments on this site and we would be thrilled if you wanted to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Perhaps most of all though, we hope that you will become part of the Viewfinders Instagram community.
When we were envisioning this site we talked about how to make this community not just about us, as in the ViewFinders regular contributors, but about US, as in all those of us who love the art and practice of making photographs in all of its wonderful, gratifying, terrifying, frustrating, couldn’t-love-it-more glory. It’s with that in mind that we look to Instagram as a platform for sharing, engaging and communing together. We hope you’ll share your images with us on Instagram using the #viewfindersio hashtag AND by tagging us (@viewfinders_io) either in the image or in a comment. We’ll be highlighting some of our favourites from the #viewfinders on our account.
We also want to host community-member Takeovers of the ViewFinders Instagram account. Are you familiar with Instagram Takeovers? Every so often we would like to invite one of you to take over posting to the ViewFinders Instagram for one week. Would you like to share your view and viewpoint with this community? Well, you’re in luck because the first takeover opportunity is happening soon and here’s how you can get in on it:
- Between now and March 31st we would love to see your images that interpret one of the themes of Our Manifesto: Beauty, Camera, View, Light, Community, Passionate Support, Learn, Guidelines not rules, Photo Mojo and Vision
- In addition to tagging @viewfinders_io and #viewfindersio use the #viewfindersmanifesto tag to enter
- Submit as many images as you wish and we will be choosing a winner to take over the account for a week, beginning April 13th.