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.
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.
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.
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.
Not far away from where I live on the Columbia River, there's a Stonehenge replica. I always thought I would go there and find some unsuspecting tourist. The one time I went looking, I was the only one there for hours. No picture that day! When Debbie and I went to the "real" Stonehenge, we were among about 100 tourists. I stalked these guys for while and don't think they didn't notice, so I finally took this shot out of fear they would soon wallop me with motorcycle chains. I wish it were better composed but fear does that to you, doesn't it? Makes you act irrationally. They were probably nice guys just like the rest of us, seeing the world and enjoying their later years.
Hier soir, dans le terrain vague, des jeunes s'amusaient à attiser le feu en l'alimentant de chutes de bois, de cagettes et de tout ce qu'ils avaient à portée de la main...Ils ne voyaient pas, au-dessus de leurs têtes, l'oeil bien rond de la lune...
Yesterday evening, in the wasteland, young people were having fun stoking the fire by feeding it with scrap wood, crates and everything they had on hand ... They did not see, at - above their heads, the round eye of the moon ...
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.
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