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.

View all Aminus3 Photographers

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.

Setting Moon

Resting for a While by Nitin D Nawathe

Daily Life around the World

Koyambedu, India

A flower vendor at Koyambedu.. The place has a very tricky lighting, with all the lamps hanging low just above the flowers…and very eager looking vendors posing for portraits with their faces in the dark..

Roses for sale Roses for sale ! by Sriraam Kalingarayar

Montana, United States

This is 3 yr old "Lucky" a draft horse who was hit by a drunk driver, but survived and was rescued by Draft Horse rescue folks before he was put down. He now will live his life among 10 other rescued horses with visits by locals who love them.

Lucky Me & Lucky by Joyce

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.