Everybody has a story to share, and this is the story of Aminus3.

The Dream

Aminus3 was born in a dream, so vivid, so determined it had to be written. From this dream a desire to share. One singular voice reaching out to communicate that experience to a friend.

What's in a name?

The original concept of Aminus3 (pronounced “a minus three”) was revealed in a dream in March 2003.

Last night I dreamed about ‘A minus 3’, like what does A - 3 equal?

First it was an abstract concept and then it was like a religious movement and I was watching a TV program where a drill sergeant was screaming at a cadet, “SON, I CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT A MINUS THREE IS – BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT A MINUS THREE IS NOT!”

I was asking for examples to understand [Aminus3] better and the photography concept of bracketing came to mind.

For example, you take 3 pictures; 1 at the metered exposure, 1 slightly under exposed and 1 slightly over exposed so that you have a better chance of getting the correct lighting.

Just like the elusive dream, the concept of Aminus3 is fluid and ever-changing. Contributing photographers not only exchange ideas and critiques from each other, they also exchange life experiences and stories. This offers the community an opportunity to foster an awareness of other cultures and geographies.

Community since 2004

From one voice sharing a story and an image, two friends separated by an ocean created a website dedicated to sharing their individual daily experience with each other. From two friends, it become three, then four, soon it was thousands from around the world sharing an image a day.

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The Journey

Over time, Aminus3 became a global community of everyday photographers at varying levels of experience. A challenge to post not groups of photos, but one photo a day that defined qualities of photographic excellence, technique, place, culture, time, humanity, and of awareness or consciousness. Highlighting a sense of higher self-purpose and connection to something larger than just our everyday world.

Aminus3 began to shift in its purpose. From an image a day photoblog community to a place where culture, education, language and social responsibility meet amazing photography, and a realization that we are all on this journey together.

An experience captured through photography, compels us to grab it in an instant. Symbolically we may not always understand but there is more if we ponder, if we explore the story, the emotions, capture something unseen by the human eye, and convey the experience as best we can.

The Road Together

The Road Together by Mirjam

Daily Life around the World

La Petite Scheidegg, Switzerland

Depuis plus d’un siècle, ce petit train dépose les visiteurs dans la gare de chemin de fer la plus élevée d’Europe, à 3 454 mètres d’altitude. Le site est aujourd’hui classé au Patrimoine mondial (Alpes suisses Jungfrau-Aletsch). Ce train à crémaillère part de la Petite Scheidegg et emprunte un tunnel pour donner accès toute l’année au toit de l’Europe. Ce tunnel, long de sept kilomètres à partir de la gare d’Eigergletscher, a été creusé entre 1896 et 1912.

Le petit train du Jungfraujoch Le petit train du Jungfraujoch by mo.langel

Tehran, Iran

صبح پنج شنبه که از روبروی ساختمان پلاسکو رد میشدم، دیدم که آمدند
سرم را مدام برمیگرداندم، و به حجم عظیم و عجیب دود، چند لحظه خیره میشدم تا اینکه، دیدم آمدند
آمدنشان همیشه انگار خیال آدم را راحت میکُند
و قلبت را آرام
ته دلت میگویی
خیالمان راحت شد.. رفتیم
و بی خبر، از آنچه پیش روست، گمشان کردیم
زیر آوارها
ما که راه نمیدانیم
ما که آمدن نمیدانیم
این فقط کار شماست
شهری خیالش مضطرب و آشفته است، و دلش نا آرام
لطفاً دوباره بیایید
اینجا همه منتظرند
اینجا، قلبها آتش گرفته اند

P L A S C O ... P L A S C O ... by szh

The Collective

From the quick snap of capturing an instant moment to the dedicated desire to improve the skill of photography. Aminus3 Community was now a journey of thousands of singular voices combining to share a discovery through images and story.

Over the years we watched as this group of singular voices became a collective of common Threads and Resonance. Inspired and honoring each other's creative inspirations by Remix of images, both our own and from others. We began to see that we share more in common than our differences. Together, we are learning from each other and teaching ourselves about parts of the world we had not known before.

Today we celebrate this diverse global collective. We all speak and understand the language of the heart and from here, the connections will be made.

Explore Aminus3 to discover more or contribute to tell your story.