Saturday, 26 October 2013

#Melbourneunearthed an open photography project

Melbourne Unearthed or #melbourneunearthed as it's known to the participants is a monthly photography project that shall run indefinitely until the participants don't want to do it anymore.

It's a free project where people can enter and leave at will, post with a +Mention  +Paul Pavlinovich at any time to join or leave the project and you'll be added or removed from the circle. The project includes events such as photowalks and workshops in some months around the theme.

When you join the circle is shared to you - it's entirely up to you what you do with it. You might add the people in their own circle to interact with them or not - it's up to you. Personally I have them in a circle that I keep silent.

The project is very simple - towards the end of each month an event is created for only the project members to add their image to. Around the same time the theme for the next month is announced. On or about the 1st of the month the previous month's theme event is shared publicly with the add photos option turned off so people outside the project can't add anything. It also helps prevent a backlog where people feel they "have" to catch up.

The project is specifically no pressure, you can join or leave at any time. If you don't feel like contributing an image or don't have time during any month that's fine. Simply don't do it. You won't be hassled or bombarded. Only the event creation and theme announcement posts are done with notify. Only the theme for this month and the next are known at any time (even I don't know what the next one is until something occurs to me or someone suggests something) so there is no need for forward planning.

Ideally you would live in or at least have a love for Melbourne and it's preferred but not mandatory that your images are shot in or near Melbourne. This isn't a hard rule though, in the current theme there is an image from Thailand for example. Perfectly valid and fits the theme as it's a Melbournite travelling abroad.

The current themes are:
October - "travel"
November "spring carnival" and there is a photowalk for this one

People on the project comment on each others images and where it is requested will offer help or criticism if it is desired. It is a very supportive project and while it's young I see great things and people have commented that they are getting out and shooting more than they would have which is excellent.

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